Time To Take Call on Kash­mir

Both cen­tre and state lead­er­ship has to be on the same page to work to­gether with fo­cus on the af­fairs of the Jammu and Kash­mir State rather than their own pre­dis­po­si­tions

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Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh’s four day visit to J&K State has re­in­forced PM’s 15 Au­gust mes­sage to reach out to em­brace Kash­miris with love. The visit has set at rest the fears about the tin­ker­ing with Ar­ti­cle 370 and Ar­ti­cle 35-A of the Con­sti­tu­tion of In­dia as ap­pli­ca­ble to Jammu and Kash­mir State. HM Ra­j­nath Singh met scores of del­e­ga­tions both in Kash­mir and Jammu and also in­tensely as­sessed the se­cu­rity sce­nario with the top brass of Gov­ern­ment, the Army and other se­cu­rity and po­lice lead­er­ship and a visit to tur­bu­lent Anant­nagh.

How the peo­ple have re­acted — CM said she wel­comes the presser of HM and de­manded the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Agenda of Al­liance, as if her part­ner BJP is an ob­struc­tion. Gover­nor Vohra largely re­acts by his si­lence that is how he is there, as in­ter­locu­tor for 4 years with­out any re­port in pub­lic do­main and Gover­nor for 9 years af­ter be­ing a di­rec­tor of pres­ti­gious IIC of which he re­cently be­came Pres­i­dent to re­place Coun­try’s top le­gal ea­gle Soli Sorab­jee. Po­lit­i­cal class cyn­i­cal re­sponse — Delhi not sin­cere it will go on like this. Sep­a­ratists de­spon­dent as usual with trum­pet of trust-deficit and con­dem­na­tion of the harsh­ness of NIA. Civil so­ci­ety de­spair and help­less­ness. Mil­i­tants -Shoot & scoot and at times surrender. Me­dia in Catch -22 sit­u­a­tion and peo­ple are in to be or not to be sit­u­a­tion.

For­mer PM Man­mo­han Singh led Congress Party del­e­ga­tion met with many del­e­ga­tions of Kash­miris and as­sured peo­ple of their Party’s sup­port to all the ef­forts of peace process.

*Jammu & Kash­mir con­sisted of its dis­tinct en­ti­ties in five sep­a­rate re­gions with noth­ing com­mon with each other. The hill ar­eas of Gil­git, Baltistan and Skardu and the Pun­jabi-speak­ing ar­eas of Muz­zafer­abad etc; are with Pak­istan. In In­dian part of the State, there are three di­vi­sions- namely;-Hindu dom­i­nated Jammu;,Suni Mus­lim dom­i­nated Kash­mir with Shia com­mu­nity ,the Pan­dits ,Sikhs and Gu­j­jar com­mu­ni­ties,and Bud­dhist and Shia pop­u­lated Ladakh.

*Great lead­er­ship in the past with great ef­forts in­te­grated these di­verse di­vi­sions as the mo­saic of dif­fer­ent eth­nic, re­li­gious and tribal groups and united these to­gether in a cul­ture of mu­tual tol­er­ance and cre­ative in­ter­ac­tion as a plu­ral and demo­cratic JKS­tate. Un­for­tu­nately it has got en­gulfed in the worst phase of mil­i­tancy, in­tol­er­ance

and dis­tor­tion by the self-serv­ing myths of com­pet­ing po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests.

*Cur­rently un­like past, when Kash­mir used to en­joy the glory of peace and rich civ­i­liza­tional plu­ral ethos pop­u­larly known KASHMIRIYAT , the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir is;the rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion is tak­ing over the So­cioPo­lit­i­cal dis­course and gain­ing greater ap­peal and the pro Pak­istan nar­ra­tive which was no­tice­ably very weak, has also be­come strong. the re­cruit­ment of lo­cal boys in the ranks of mil­i­tancy is phe­nom­i­nally on the rise.The new age youth and stu­dents are up in protest against the very Idea of In­dia and demo­cratic process in the Val­ley.The young in­no­cent lives and armed forces per­son­nel are lost on a daily ba­sis. The po­lit­i­cal space of main stream polity has shrunk. Democ­racy is in peril and the at­tempt to dele­git­imize the idea of In­dia in Kash­mir is ga­lore.

*Faced with the continuing death and de­struc­tion un­leashed by mer­ce­nar­ies, the non-State ac­tors since 1989, the colos­sal suf­fer­ings of the large com­po­nents of Kash­mir so­ci­ety, the Mus­lims and the Kashmiri Pan­dits in ex­ile and al­most a gen­er­a­tion in the grave yards:, Yet the Kashmiri pop­u­la­tion at the so­ci­etal lev­els has the sense and un­der­stand­ing that; “Radi­clised Sep­a­ratism “can not be and is not the op­tion” and “res­o­lu­tion of all the is­sues lies through a ne­go­ti­ated peace­ful di­a­logue process”

PDP-BJP State Govt. Will be los­ing its plot in Kash­mir,if the hot Mil­i­tary pur­suit is not blend with reg­u­lar di­a­logue with the stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the ag­i­ta­tion­ist youth. Top mil­i­tary brass,the se­cu­rity forces,the po­lit­i­cal class,the civil so­ci­ety and peace lov­ing cit­i­zenry of the Coun­try and JK State are voice­ing such opin­ions for quite some time.I have been con­sis­tently writ­ing the col­umns and in my hum­ble way as an in­cor­ri­gi­ble op­ti­mistic Kashmiri,am voic­ing the peace agenda with Pres­i­dents,PM,HM ,the Congress and other po­lit­i­cal par­ties and in the in­ter­na­tional as well with do­mes­tic rel­e­vant fo­rums.

*The re­vival of mil­i­tant ac­tiv­ity in the state and else­where is a se­ri­ous is­sue and a re­minder that the mil­i­tant out­fits are spread, present and ac­tive to strike any time and any­where. The youth in anger join­ing the mil­i­tant ranks is hugely dis­turb­ing phe­nom­e­non, pub­lic sup­port to mil­i­tancy had con­sid­er­ably re­duced but it has sur­faced with re­newed vigour. The phe­nom­e­non of ter­ror, panic and dis­in­for­ma­tion is back in the val­ley. Se­cu­rity sce­nario, in­wardly is not very as­sur­ing. The se­cu­rity forces and JK po­lice are do­ing their best,still the mil­i­tancy is on the big rise.Huge par­tic­i­pa­tion in the fu­ner­als of the slain mil­i­tants is wor­ry­ing,It re­flects the peo­ple”s sub­tle if not the ex­press sup­port to the re­vival of mil­i­tancy.There is no cen­trally or­gan­ised com­mand of lo­cal ter­ror groups they op­er­ate like crim­i­nal gangs and Pak­istan is able to co­or­di­nate these gangs. They seem to gloat about their achieve­ments on so­cial me­dia rather than dis­play­ing any rad­i­cal com­mit­ment.

The cur­rent tur­moil and Loss of in­no­cent lives on daily ba­sis has im­per­iled “Democ­racy and Hu­man Rights .Kash­miris at so­ci­etal level are sick of death and de­struc­tion phe­nom­e­non and are pro­fusely yearn­ing for peace­ful and se­cured life and lib­erty for the cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

*”Coun­try’s strate­gic and con­sti­tu­tional in­ter­est lies in the wel­fare of peo­ple of Kash­mir, Jammu and Ladakh and not in land alone”. As such Coun­try has to ini­ti­ate the peace process through mean­ing­ful di­a­logue.Ra­j­nath Singh the HM,has re­in­forced PM MODI”S mes­sage of em­brac­ing Kash­miris with love, by his visit and meet­ings with peo­ple.There ap­pears to be larger po­lit­i­cal sup­port of all par­ties for the peace ini­tia­tives in tur­bu­lent Val­ley. There­fore HM’s open in­vite to all the stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing those who have not been so far part of main­stream polity their own po­lit­i­cal rea­sons,is a big op­por­tu­nity for the Kash­miris to earnestly pick up peace agenda.

Such lead­er­ship has in the past met PMs Va­j­payee & Man­mo­han Singh,HMs Ad­vani and P Chi­ta­m­baran.They were al­lowed to visit Pak­istan and talk to Pak­istan civil & mil­i­tary lead­er­ship.As pub­licly stated by past PMs and HMs they were re­quested to come up with a so­lu­tion mod­ule to re­solve Kash­mir im­broglio that could be ac­cept­able to all the stake­hold­ers. The lead­er­ship never re­verted back to Coun­try’s lead­er­ship nor did it ever work out any talks mod­ule at least noth­ing is in in pub­lic do­main.Their retroric,dither­ing ,po­lit­i­cal am­bi­gu­ity and flip flop is cost­ing dear to all Kash­miris.

Now there is yet an­other op­por­tu­nity at their door steps and it is for them to rise to the oc­ca­sion and re­spond to cur­rent PM and HM’s call and in­vite.

It is the talks and talks alone that will lead to iron­ing out the is­sues and so­lu­tions will fol­low.in the best in­ter­ests of all con­cerned.” Enough is enough”. Kashmiri peo­ple alone can re­solve the “K “Im­braglio. “Dis­pute res­o­lu­tion is a fine art and Kash­mirs are fine ar­ti­sans”.

There­fore,It is for the Kashmiri Lead­er­ship that claims to rep­re­sent the tur­bu­lent sen­ti­ment of the Val­ley and oth­ers groups to shun their taboos,pool ideas and as­pi­ra­tions of all the com­mu­ni­ti­es­their and come up with a road-map for talks in the best in­ter­ests of the peo­ple.

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