Kashmiris are aspiring for leaders unity
Views from Srinagar
ALI MUHAMMAD DAR HE recently forged unity among the resistance lead ership seems to have, on the one hand, upset both the central and state governments and on the other, it has generated new hope and joy among the people of Kashmir. The people of Kashmir who are longing and struggling for their right to selfdetermination have been since long aspiring for the unity among the resistance leaders. Many a time after the split in Hurriyat Conference in September 2003 efforts were made by various groups and individuals for the unity among the resistance leaders but this time these efforts came to fruition. Thanks to the PDP-BJP coalition government for making public its plan to create separate townships for migrant Kashmiri pandits and colonies for exservice men in Kashmir. For, this has eventually led to the unity among the resistance leadership.
The whole credit for forging unity among the resistance leaders goes to the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik who took the initiative and put in his sincere efforts in this direction.
Today these leaders sit together and discuss the issues, share the same stage, issue joint statements, and chalk out joint strategies and programmes to counter the PDP-BJP government’s plan to settle mi-
Tgrant pandits and ex-service men in separate colonies and implement new industrial policy. Basically, majority of people are against these plans. Even the Kashmiri pandits are now publicly opposing the government plan to create separate townships, citing plausible reason that it would create bad blood between the two communities.
The opposition party National Conference (NC) and some other MLAs in the state assembly are vehemently opposing all these plans and terming them as detrimental to the interests of people. They are opposing the new industrial policy -2016 and rightly terming it deleterious to the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. But the government seems to be adamant to implement these plans. As of now the government has identified seven sites for construction of, what it calls, transit accommodations in different districts for the migrant pandits. Regarding the New Industrial Policy2016 which allows non-state subjects to acquire land in Jammu and Kashmir on lease for 90 years for setting up industries, the government has ruled out any change in the decision.
Given the stiff resistance by people including resistance leaders and some mainstream parties, no one can predict at this point of time whether the government can succeed in executing these plans or not. Besides, as long as the three top resistance leaders stand united, the execution of the controversial plans seems to be a farfetched dream.
Having this fact in mind, the state rulers spared no efforts to foil the endeavours aimed at forging unity among the resistance leaders.
Muhammad Yasin Malik was detained again and again only to prevent him from succeeding in achieving his objective of forging unity. But that too proved futile before his determination. So the biggest challenge before the government in executing its plans this time around is the unity among the resistance leaders.
Whether the government succeeds to implement these controversial plans or not, the BJP would in either case reap the benefit and PDP will be the loser. By whipping up these issues it (BJP) is gaining the political millage while the PDP by supporting and trying to execute these plans is day by day losing its ground at public level in Kashmir. National Conference, which was almost decimated politically for obvious reasons in 2014 elections, is on revival track at public level by opposing these controversial moves.
The PDP should have learnt a lesson from the tremendous resentment people showed against it for forging alliance with BJP to form government in the state. The thin presence of people in Nimaz-e-Jinaza of the former chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed at Srinagar and at his home town Bijbehara in south Kashmir was the clear expression of anger and resentment against PDP for acting against the mandate they had given it.
PDP virtually won the election on the plank to defeat BJP and NC. But after winning elections it formed the government with the BJP thereby breaching the trust of its own voters. Now the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti by showing her adamancy to implement the controversial issues is adding insult to the people’s injury.
The consequences seem to be disastrous for her political future. To save her own political future and salvage her party’s sagging image, she should not only shelve these controversial issues immediately but also break alliance with BJP. —Courtesy: GK