Kash­mir: What about our progeny?

Views from Sri­na­gar

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

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].

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