Nava Thakuria, New Age Islam
Kashmir issues, Indian focuses have shifted to Balochistan along with Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit,
where the unconditional support to
Baloch people for their mission to make Balochistan a sovereign country is
slowly but steadily increasing. From the political class to civil society
groups, the goodwill for Baloch freedom movement has grown in the recent past which has
inspired the Baloch freedom fighters to express confidence in the Indo-Baloch
significant development surfaced when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had
mentioned Balochistan referring to the relentless freedom struggle by Balochis
since 1948 in his 2016 Independence Day (15 August) speech from the courtyard
of historic Red Fort in New Delhi. The people of Balochistan (also residents of
Gilgit and PoK) had acknowledged India and showed goodwill toward its billion-plus
populace in various occasions, which PM Modi returned back with heartiest
It may not
directly influence the foreign policy of New Delhi towards Islamabad, but a
positive gesture spread across the liberal Indians, who preferred to support
the Balochis, understandably secular in nature. But the development also
created more troubles for the freedom aspiring Baloch nationals as the
Pakistani forces increased atrocities subsequently. Several military operations
were imposed in Balochistan distressing thousands of Balochis.
Muslim Balochis, who are presently on a warpath against the Islamic Republic of
Pakistan for their liberation, claimed that Baloch people got independence from
the imperialist British forces on 11 August 1947, ahead of India and Pakistan.
Balochistan remained a sovereign nation till
27 March 1948. And since then Baloch people are under Pakistani
occupation resulting in unleashed atrocities over them.
group of Baloch people observed the Martyr’s Day on 13 November 2019 in London,
which was picked up by the international media outlets including those of
India. Making a straight call to India, members of Baloch National Movement,
Baloch Students’ Organisation and other pro-Balochistan outfits argued that New
Delhi should help the Balochis as it had supported Bangladesh Mukti Juddha in
patriots across the world urged the Indian government along with the US and UK,
to extend supports to their freedom movement against Islamabad, as the country
has slowly turned into a breeding ground of Islamist militants that would
finally destabilize the security and peace
of the entire region, where Baloch people continue following the spirit
of secularism even though they are Muslim by majority.
Free Balochistan Movement chief Hyrbyair Marri, while talking to a group of
scribes in Guwahati through video conferencing, alleged that the Pakistani
forces have gone on rampant exploitations of Balochistan's resources like
natural gas, coal, gold, copper and various minerals. Even though Balochistan
has a small population (around 13 million), Baloch people are deprived of
regular electricity, safe drinking water, and other civic amenities, etc,
whereas its infant mortality rate is very high and the literacy rate is too
also critical to Iran (after Pakistan) as both the Islamic countries, according
to him, did not mind their differences and were on the same page when it came
to the oppression of Baloch people. Once colonized by Europeans, Balochistan is
now under the occupation of Pakistan and Iran, which compelled thousands of
Balochis to sacrifice their lives for a united and independent homeland.
Pakistan has been especially perfidious, lecturing India about Kashmir issues,
while over twenty thousand Baloch have disappeared in the last decade. Even
women, children and the elderly are not spared by the Pakistani army, lamented
Marri. He also added that over 2,000 journalists, teachers, lawyers, and
cultural personalities were forcibly abducted, tortured and even killed in a
“We need India’s friendship, support, and
help. But rather than using Balochistan independence struggle as a means to
checkmate and counter Islamabad, New Delhi should look at Balochistan as an
all-weather ally and India should see post-independence secular and stable
Balochistan which will be one of the
factors in bringing tranquility in the the region,” pointed out Marri.
referred to a Hindu temple in Balochistan in the program and described how
Muslim Balochis take care of the Shakti Peeth (named Hinglaj Mata Mandir).
Positioned in a mountain cave on the bank of Hingol river inside Hingol
National Park, which is adjacent to the Makran coast of the Arabian Sea in
south-west Pakistan, the temple has an idol of Goddess Shakti (Sati),
accompanied by Bhairava (a form of Lord Shiva).
daughter of Daksha Maharaj, Sati married Shiva against her father’s wish.
Mythology narrates, proud king Daksha did not invite Sati (Parvati) and Mahadev
for an important Yagna. However, she wanted to attend the rituals, where Daksha
humiliated her husband following which Sati immolated herself at her father’s
Mahadev soon arrived there and punished Daksha cutting his head. Then Maheswar
took Sati’s mortal remains on his shoulder and started wandering with Tandava
Nritya (dance of destruction). With an aim to douse Shiva’s rage, Lord Vishnu
cut the mortal remains into 51 pieces through his Sudarshan Chakra. Body parts
of Sati fell in various localities on Earth and all locations later emerged as
shrines for Hindus.
believed that Sati’s head with Hingul (vermillion/Sindoor) had fallen on the
place (now under Balochistan) where the Hinglaj temple is surfaced. The most
sacred part (Yoni) fell on Nilachal hills of Guwahati (then a part of Kamrup
empire), where the sacred Kamakhya temple is located.
recently, a northeast India based nationalists’ group urged the Union
government in New Delhi to pursue with the Balochistan authority for
revitalizing the Hinglaj Mata Mandir. Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA)
argued that the Hinglaj temple is a revered place for Hindus where thousands
gather to pray to Goddess Shakti.
appealed to PM Modi to take a personal interest to enhance diplomatic efforts
to revive the Hinglaj temple and pave easier ways for Indian pilgrims to visit
the shrine. As the Baloch nationals are legitimately secular, they should also
be taken into confidence in fulfilling the mission,” said a PPFA statement.
along with other Baloch nationals have taken a task for setting up Indo-Baloch
friendship platforms in different countries, more precisely in India even
though it is a Hindu majority nation. But it is quite amazing that the Baloch
freedom struggle has still not mingled with Islamist extremism.
social networking sites, the Bloch nationalists have started wishing Indian
people on auspicious occasions including the Republic & Independence Days.
They are clear in mind while appealing to the Indians as brothers and sisters
saying Balochis are thankful to India for its increasing solidarity and
supports. Indians are also being urged
to be the voice for disgraced Baloch people in different forums including the
United Nations. Many of them even chanted typically Indian Hindu slogans like
Bharat Mata Ki Joi or Jai Hind.
Nava Thakuria is a northeast India based