The All India Radio (AIR) is reportedly set to start broadcasting of programmes in Balochi language soon. According to ANI, the Indian government has granted permission to AIR for broadcasting in the language. This may in future be expanded to have a more news based programming, reports suggest. This comes in the midst of praises for the Indian Prime Minister from Baloch leaders.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier this month talked about the atrocities faced by the people of Balochistan at the hands of Pakistan. Modi had warned Pakistan against interfering in India’s internal matters and threatened to expose its atrocities in the Baloch region. Balochistan leaders had then thanked PM Modi for bringing out this topic in the open and hoped that he would raise the issue on international platforms such as UN.
Balochistan has long been a region of conflict, and as the Asian Human Rights Commission reported, the people in the region face torture at the hands of the armed forces. The police in the region is reported to have been using torture and taking bribes from the citizens. The region has allegedly seen rigged elections, ever since it came under the control of Pakistan.
PM Modi, during his Independence Day speech to the country, had mentioned Balochistan. “In the last few days, there have been talks of Gilgit, PoK and Balochistan. People from these places have expressed their gratitude and have thanked me. I am very grateful and thankful to them. I have never met them, they live far away, but the fact that they are appreciating me is a matter of respect for the people of India,” the Prime Minister said.