Under Kajab Politics in Kashmir -11

A High Time For Soul searching by Kashmiri Leadership

Dr G.M. Athar
November 14, 2017 OPINION 198 Views
Under Kajab Politics in Kashmir -11

The youth of Kashmir joined militancy in large numbers in late 1980s and early 1990s to struggle for independence of Kashmir. By the year 1992 the armed struggle lead by pro-independence JKLF had emerged as a strong armed resistance movement in Kashmir. In order to turn the wave its own favour Pakistani agencies stopped arms supply to JKLF and promoted pro-Pakistan militant organization namely Hizb-ul-Mujahideen to lead the armed struggle. Facing the shortage of arms and trained manpower Mr Yasin Malik, the Chief Commander of JKLF had to announce the unilateral cease fire in 1994 to start a non-violent freedom struggle. Prior to this, on 9th March 1993 some 26 political organizations and civilian groups formed an umbrella organization named as All Parties Huriyat Conference. The APHC became the political face of the liberation struggle in Kashmir. Pakistan recognized APHC as the true representative body of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Since the killing of Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq on 21st May 1990, the pro-liberation political leadership also developed a threat perception. The Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani a former member of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, were provided the formal state security. So whether it is pro-India mainstream politicians or pro-Pakistan separatist politicians in Kashmir both operate under the state security.
Those political organizations in Jammu and Kashmir which support continuation of the state within Indian Union do so to remain politically relevant within Indian constitutional set up. The justice demands, that these people should speak the truth irrespective of the fact whether they remain politically relevant for New Delhi or not. The empirical political reality of Kashmir is that people aspire for aazadi. Dr P.Chidambarm, the former Home Minister of India needs to be informed that the political ground reality of Kashmir is this that every one excluding a few exceptional groups or communities in Kashmir want freedom from India. Similarly the pro-Pakistan politicians must conduct a field survey in Kashmir to know that the dominant majority among Kashmiri Muslims is reluctant to join Pakistan. The present Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khakan Abbasi needs to be informed that the idea of Independent Kashmir is a reality because the overwhelming majority of the people of Kashmir is in support of this idea. If New Delhi and Islamabad fail to accept this reality they are then living in self-deception. Pro-independence people are not a fringe element in the population of Jammu and Kashmir but it constitutes the dominant proportion of the state citizenry. Let India and Pakistan prove through transparent referendum in their respective parts of Jammu and Kashmir State, that the people of the state are with them, every pro-independence person will accept it, if a people are given a chance to express their wishes through a democratic method, in both parts of the divided state.
The political operation under security cover can be conveniently named as ‘Under-Kajab Politics’. Kajab is a big conical basket used in rural Kashmir to protect the chickens from crows and vultures. Since the politicians in Kashmir usually speak either a pro-India or a pro-Pakistan language, so they need the protection of the state. They way no Kashmiri can openly unfurl the Indian or Pakistani flag in Kashmir, because of the security concern, in the same manner, no politician can openly advance the cause of India or Pakistan without a proper state security. The politicians of contemporary Kashmir are much like the chickens requiring the protection against their enemies. That is why this typical phase of politics in Kashmir from 1988 onwards has been named as the ‘Under-Kajab Politics’. There is possibility of political process without any state security, but then one has to be ready to speak the truth without taking the sides. Any Kashmiri politician who will publicly acknowledge the fact that the people of Jammu and Kashmir State in general and the people of Kashmir in particular, neither want to remain with India nor want to join Pakistan but demand complete aazadi from both countries, has no threat to his life from any side. He will be definitely speaking against the national interests of both India and Pakistan but such a person will not be involved in shielding one country and scolding the other. So such a politician has the chances of being tolerated by both Indian as well as Pakistani agencies operating in the state.
The time has come when both pro-India and pro-Pakistan politicians of Kashmir must have a self-introspection about their direct and indirect role in perpetuating political instability and bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir State. The non-aligned politics has no immediate political returns, because such a policy would neither entitle the politicians for any ministerial berth nor would they enjoy any privileges and perks from any source, but such a self-less politics would definitely prove to be a great historic deed that would change the course of political history of Jammu and Kashmir. As long as the Kashmiri politicians would continue to advance the cause of India or Pakistan for very petty personal interests, no one would take them seriously. But once they stand united to realize their political rights every powerful country would support them in their mission. It is not only the responsibility of the political leadership to dedicate themselves to the Kashmir Cause, but all the politically conscious citizens of Jammu and Kashmir State have their moral obligation to learn to make big and small sacrifices in their life to uphold the Kashmir Cause where it clashes with their personal interests, comforts and luxuries. No nation can make great achievements unless its citizens are disciplined and possess a high moral character. So every citizen of Jammu and Kashmir must have a soul searching to ponder upon the impact of his words and deeds on the political future of his nation and the coming generations. Every responsible politician of Kashmir should take an oath to rededicate himself/herself to the cause of peace with dignity and honour in Jammu and Kashmir. If any person has been involved knowingly or unknowingly, directly or indirectly in any anti-national activity to please his/her masters in New Delhi or Islamabad or anywhere else, he/she should make a sincere confession to start the political career afresh and devote himself/herself to the national cause of Jammu and Kashmir State. Only then the clutches of centuries old slavery of Kashmiri nation can be broken forever, otherwise our disunity will only serve the purpose of our internal and external enemies and exploiters.


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