Kashmir: What about our progeny?
Views from Srinagar
PROF. M Y GANAI The disputed legacy of J&K and the reactions against the imposition of puppet Governments by New Delhi since 1953 apart, the state by and large remained peaceful till 1988. It was the sheer opportunism of National Conference and Indian National Congress who in their lust for power crafted an Accord in 1986 with the avowed purpose of misusing the State machinery and rigged the State Legislative Assembly election held in 1987.
It was nothing but the power hunger of National Conference that it portrayed Muslim United Front as an anti-national force in order to seek the support of Centre for rigging the polls.
With Congress and the State and Central agencies at its back, National Conference not only resorted to rigging at a massive scale especially in the valley but its leadership demonstrated the worst type of hooliganism by humiliating the workers and polling agents of Muslim United Front. It caused the demoralization of Kashmiri youth who in a state of desperation crossed the borders and pledged to launch an armed struggle against a State that denied them political space. The results are obvious. Armed struggle as observed by Mahatma Gandhi gives a free hand to the State and enables it to sabotage the legitimate cause. Moreover, it leads to the loss of precious lives and creates enormous problems for a society. But, alas! Our over ambitious power-mongers devoid of any political wisdom did not care for the eventualities. Unfortunately, the human memory is often short lived otherwise such a type of leadership has no moral authority to go to public again and claim to become their rulers.
We, who have lived 50 years above means that we have lived the maximum part of our life, but what about our progeny? In our valley the common people are earning their livelihood that too under the shadow of insecurity only during a period of six months which includes half of the spring and the whole of summer.
However, every summer in the valley turns violent and the first causality of it is either our daily wager or the students who are often unable to complete their syllabi on time. I shudder and think what would happen to our new generation and is there anybody to ponder over it.
As an impartial student of social sciences I feel that it is always our mainstream leadership that creates the fuss. Be it the eruption of armed struggle or the land row of 2008 or 2010 killings, it is the mainstream leadership on whom lies the onus. All this makes me conclude that J&K State is passing through an era of acute leadership crisis wherein the peace has become the causality of opportunism. Our regional parties are aligning with National organizations like BJP or Congress for enjoying power.
But, there is always a lop-sided bargaining. Such a type of honeymoon often cost the State dare. Both the regional parties are blackmailed by their respective national allies by exploiting their fragile foundations.
The internal crisis of these regional organizations are working as Damocle’s sword against their top leadership which makes it speak the language of a poor servant that he had spoken while counter arguing his boss “warna issi tankha par kaam karna padayga”
Whether National Conference or Peoples’ Democratic Party both are seeking a lease to rule but often as I believe on regional aspirations. In the past they have done so and at present they are repeating the same. The scars of 2008 and 2010 are yet to heal and the controversy of Pandit and Sainik colonies has set in and to repeat the words of Joseph Korbel: there is once again danger in Kashmir.
—Courtesy: GK. [Prof. M. Y. Ganai is Social and Political Activist from Shangus, Anantnag].