Nava Thakuria, New Age Islam
cherished histories of freedom movement by various group-community-nations
always attract journalists and so the relentless struggles by persecuted
Kurdish people speared over the world for an integrated sovereign homeland for
Kurds. A recent interaction with a young and intelligent Kurdish activist paved
the way for Guwahati scribes to understand some parameters of their ongoing
violent freedom struggle.
believe that they have no friend but the mountains and the Kurdish proverb can
be comprehended going through their fights for a homeland where four major
Muslim dominated countries namely Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria continue
repressive actions against the freedom-loving Kurdish people. Even being a
Muslim majority nation, Kurds have been systematically intimidated by those
Kurdish political analyst, who is based in Vancouver (Canada) and a regular
contributor of media pieces to The Pasewan, Awene Weekly, Daily Hawlati, Lvin,
KNN Television etc, with a mission to support establishing a Kurdish sovereign
State carved out their habitat covering mountainous localities of various
nations in West Asia (also known as Middle East).
Khalid Marif, who bared his heart while talking to a group of scribes at
Guwahati Press Club in northeast India through video-conferencing, revitalized
their pledge to set-up a homeland for40
million Kurds, who are the world’s largest ethnic group but without a State. He
admitted that they have endless challenges ahead, but reminded that hundred
thousand Kurdish freedom fighters had already sacrificed their lives for the
the large scale spreading of Kurds in various countries, Diary Marif revealed
that there are over 20 million Kurds in Turkey.
their inhabitants are around 20 percent of Turkish population, they are still
denied their ethnic identity. Torturing, imprisonment and killings of Kurds are
regular happenings where they cannot openly speak the Kurdish language.
Moreover, Kurdish names & costumes are also banned there.
Kurdistan supports nearly 12 million Kurds (around 17 percent population of
Iran) who always suffer discrimination from the Islamic Republic in Tehran.
Arbitrary evictions of Kurdish families, restricted access to housing,
education, and health are primary issues for Kurds in Iran. In fact, an
independent State for Kurdish people (Republic of Mahabad) existed inside Iran
for some time in 1946, but soon Tehran crushed it.
Kurdistan gives shelter to around 6 million Kurds (around 17 percent of its
population) where they initially enjoyed no rights. By Sixties only, rights for
Kurds were included in the Iraqi constitution. Uncounted number of Kurds was
killed by various regimes in Baghdad, where Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein took
the lead in massacring the Kurdish people.
Kurdistan, there are over 3 million Kurds (around 10 percent of Syrian
population) who also face difficulties in various political aspects. However,
Kurdish national there enjoy the right to citizenship, study and speak their
mother-tongue. Humiliated by various government forces for decades, the Kurdish
people continue fighting for their ethnic identity.
Iraqi Kurdistan and a Pune University (in Maharashtra) pass-out, Diary Marif terms
India a natural ally to the Kurdish nation. Hindustan is a concept of
nationalism (not necessary an entity of Sanatan religion) and the Kurdish
people also prefer to categorize everyone on the basis of a nation. Kurds have
never prioritized religion issues and they are still fighting for their
ethnicity, he commented.
India as a vivid follower of various religions, linguistic communities, tribes
etc., Diary Marif categorically stated that they too nurture various religious
faiths including Islam (both Shia and Sunni sects), Christianity, Judaism,
Yazdanism, Yazidi, Bahaism, Zoroastrianism, etc along with different racial
common belief that every Muslim in the world upholds the idea of Islamic State,
Kurds are totally different and the Kurdish fighters had successfully resisted
Islamist terrorists in different junctures.
every progressive and peace-loving nation, which expresses concern over the
religious terrorism, should come forward supporting Kurds,” asserted Diary
Marif pointing out that unlike ISIS or other Jihadi outfits, the Kurdish people
maintain mutual respects to the minorities and also the women. Kurdish movement
has been enriched with the active participation of their women even in the
armed struggles, he added.
European countries, and the United Nations extend supports for the Kurdish
movement, Indian supports emerge as a vital inspiration to them. While thanking
the Indian government in New Delhi for denouncing the recent Turkish military
offensives on the Kurdish-inhabited localities of neighbouring Syria, Diary
Marif also appreciated its advisory to Indian nationals travelling to Turkey.
the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the issue of Jammu and
Kashmir (of India) during 74th session of UN in New York.
argument was to safeguard the interest of Kashmiri Muslims in the far northern
locality after the abrogation of Article 370 by New Delhi. Pakistan, which has
been occupying large parts of J&K, was quick to endorse Erdogan’s action as
Islamabad also bats for Muslim interests.
voices of opposition are slowly growing against the governments in Ankara and
Islamabad as both the Islamic regimes continue using the religious cards for
their selfish interests. But in reality, both the governments have never shown
dignified approaches to the Kurdish people and Balochis (who are also fighting
for a sovereign Balochistan out of Pakistan since 1948).
fervent appeal to New Delhi for supporting the cause of freedom-aspiring
millions of Kurdish people, Diary Marif acknowledged that he personally learned
democratic values, tolerance, and dignity to minority communities and finally
the unity in diversities from India.
south-Asian country a favourite destination of Kurdish students for higher
studies, Diary Marif also admitted that he misses typical Indian foods, people
with warm hearts and lush greenery of the vast country.
Thakuria is a Guwahati (northeast India) based journalist
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