Courtesy of Zarina Teli
On August 5, 2019, against the will of the Kashmiri people, the Indian government made a decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir in to two Union territories to fully erode Kashmir's political, economic, and judicial autonomy.
Several members of the Indian parliament and Kashmiris around the world have denounced this measure as unconstitutional, illegal, and in violation of previous United Nations Security Council resolutions.
To prepare for this draconian measure, an additional 35,000 Indian security forces were sent to occupy Kashmir (already occupied by over 500,000 Indian forces) and restrict the movement of people and goods. Tourists were forced to leave against their will. Internet, mobile, and landline communications remain banned in Kashmir by the "world's largest democracy" to suppress the voices and actions of the people.
We need to act NOW to reject and resist this underhanded takeover by the BJP government. Kashmiris deserve to live without fear and determine their own future.
Stand on the side of justice and join us.
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SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT
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LIST OF EXPERTS ON KASHMIR
Now more than ever, it is essential that the Kashmir story be told by those who are able to provide accurate context based on their direct experience living under siege or through the pursuit of years of ground research and field work.
Journalists can reach out to these individuals for quotes, opinion pieces, radio shows, podcasts, TV interviews, and more.
Organizers on college campuses or communities eager to support our cause can reach out for events, talks, panels, and conferences.
Click here to review the list.
TALKING POINTS FOR FAITH BASED GROUPS & SERMONS
Please feel free to tailor to your particular faith based group or congregation.
INDIAN EMBASSY CALL SCRIPT & LOCATIONS IN THE USA + UK
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Use this PDF call script to call an embassy near you. You may also wish to send an email or fax.
Indian Embassy Locations in the United States
Embassy of India, Washington DC
2107 Massachusetts Ave. NW,
Washington DC 20008, USA.
Phone: +1(202)939-7000 - press x5 for operator to be connected to community affairs
Email: email@example.com (HOC), firstname.lastname@example.org (general)
Consulate General of India, Chicago
455 North City Front Plaza Drive,
NBC Tower Building, Suite No 850
Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA.
Phone: +1(312)595-0412 - voicemail available when call goes unanswered
3 East 64th Street (Between 5th and Madison Avenues)
New York, NY 10065, USA.
Phone: +1 347-721-9243 - voicemail available when call goes unanswered
Email: email@example.com (Consul General), firstname.lastname@example.org (HOC)
Consulate General of India, San Francisco
540 Arguello Boulevard,
San Francisco, CA 94118, USA.
Phone: +1(415)668-0662, +1(415)668-0683 - voicemail not available, office hours 8:45 - 5:15 Pacific time
Fax: +1(415)668-9764, +1(415)668-2073
Email: cg.sf[at]mea.gov.in (Consul General), email@example.com (HOC)
Consulate General of India, Houston
4300 Scotland Street
Houston, Texas 77007, USA
Phone: +1(713)626-2148 - voicemail available when call goes unanswered
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (General)
Consulate General of India, Atlanta
5549 Glenridge Drive NE,
Atlanta, GA 30342, USA
Phone: +1(470) 265 4616 - voicemail available when call goes unanswered
Email: email@example.com (Grievances + Consul, Political & Community Affairs)
Indian Embassy Locations in the United Kingdom
High Commission of India, London
India House, Aldwych,
London WC2B 4NA,
Phone: 00-44-(0)208-629-5950, After Office Hours: 00-44-(0)20-632-3035
Consulate General of India, Birmingham
20, Augusta Street,
Jewellery Quarters, Hockley,
Birmingham B18 6JL,
Phone: 00-44-(0)121-236-1556 / 212-0467
Consulate General of India, Edinburgh
17 Rutland Square,
Edinburgh EH1 2BB, Scotland,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Consul General)