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Changing the discourse

November 05, 2019 |

Not for nothing did a senior ruling party functionary announce at an election rally that even the central government was ‘surprised’ to see a rather muted reaction from people of J&K, especially Kashmir Valley, to the scrapping of provisions of the Article 370 on August 5. After all, the last chief minister of the state had threatened that not only the hand which touches the special status of J&K but the entire body will turn into ashes. Taking the matter to the next level, another and perhaps the most senior Kashmiri politician and a sitting member of Lok Sabha prophesied that the 1947 accession of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India will be rendered null and void if the Article 370 was revoked. However, historians will record that both the ‘stalwarts’ of Kashmir politics were wrong and most likely foolish enough to underestimate the powers of the state. Not only is an elected government powerful enough to change any law of the land, the brute majority with which the BJP retained power this year should have sufficed to cast the shadow of coming times. Today, as special status has become a thing of past and J&K transitions from a state to two union territories, both the leaders are incarcerated. People say the same situation that they are finding themselves in today is a reflection of how they have treated people over the past three decades of turmoil. The BJP says the August 5 move is the start of a process to open space for an alternate political discourse which is free of “dynastic politics” led by the Abdullah and Mufti families. Given how the two families have ruled, a space is opening to give the new system a chance. People are already appreciating the efforts of the present administration, especially against the white collar criminals. As New Delhi drafts the new contours of engagement with J&K in social, economic and, most importantly political terms, the transition has but hit a stumbling block: how to bring the existing regional forces into the new political spectrum to settle the question of its legitimacy? It is being propagated by the Hindu rightwing that the social, political and economic turmoil in Kashmir is primarily due to these two families. Take them out from the equation along with their network of alliances and Kashmir will once again turn into a paradise. Is a longer jail term, then, an option? Union home minister Amit Shah has the answer to that: Congress jailed arguably the tallest leader of Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, for eleven years. Why not extend same courtesy to his progeny?

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Changing the discourse

November 05, 2019 |

Not for nothing did a senior ruling party functionary announce at an election rally that even the central government was ‘surprised’ to see a rather muted reaction from people of J&K, especially Kashmir Valley, to the scrapping of provisions of the Article 370 on August 5. After all, the last chief minister of the state had threatened that not only the hand which touches the special status of J&K but the entire body will turn into ashes. Taking the matter to the next level, another and perhaps the most senior Kashmiri politician and a sitting member of Lok Sabha prophesied that the 1947 accession of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India will be rendered null and void if the Article 370 was revoked. However, historians will record that both the ‘stalwarts’ of Kashmir politics were wrong and most likely foolish enough to underestimate the powers of the state. Not only is an elected government powerful enough to change any law of the land, the brute majority with which the BJP retained power this year should have sufficed to cast the shadow of coming times. Today, as special status has become a thing of past and J&K transitions from a state to two union territories, both the leaders are incarcerated. People say the same situation that they are finding themselves in today is a reflection of how they have treated people over the past three decades of turmoil. The BJP says the August 5 move is the start of a process to open space for an alternate political discourse which is free of “dynastic politics” led by the Abdullah and Mufti families. Given how the two families have ruled, a space is opening to give the new system a chance. People are already appreciating the efforts of the present administration, especially against the white collar criminals. As New Delhi drafts the new contours of engagement with J&K in social, economic and, most importantly political terms, the transition has but hit a stumbling block: how to bring the existing regional forces into the new political spectrum to settle the question of its legitimacy? It is being propagated by the Hindu rightwing that the social, political and economic turmoil in Kashmir is primarily due to these two families. Take them out from the equation along with their network of alliances and Kashmir will once again turn into a paradise. Is a longer jail term, then, an option? Union home minister Amit Shah has the answer to that: Congress jailed arguably the tallest leader of Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, for eleven years. Why not extend same courtesy to his progeny?


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Owner, Printer, Publisher, Editor: Farooq Ahmad Wani
Legal Advisor: M.J. Hubi
Printed at: Abid Enterprizes, Zainkote Srinagar
Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
Office No’s: 0194-2451076, 9622924716 , 9419400056
Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
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