National self-destruction in Kashmir:A choice or a compulsion-2

Dr G M Athar
August 5, 2016 OPINION 550 Views

For a variety of reasons Pakistan did not depend on Hizbul Mujahideen alone. It promoted Lashkare-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad etc. to attack Indian forces in Kashmir. Keeping in view the fact that much destruction was caused in Kashmir from 1988 onwards, the Kashmiri youth started retreating from the path of violence in mid-1990’s and within a decade their number had very drastically declined in Kashmir. In order to keep the Kashmir problem boiling the Jihad Council directed Hizbul Mujahideen to make fresh recruitments from Kashmir so the persons like Burhan wani were involved in motivating the youth through social media to resort to the armed struggle in the valley. The step motherly attitude of New Delhi towards Kashmiries and the unabated centralization process in Kashmir with the help of local collaborators became the motivational forces as the youth are convinced about it because it is not just an ideology but the part of their day today experience. The youth are by nature emotional, who get carried away in the flow of their emotions to do things which more often than not have very negative repercussions for the entire Kashmiri nation. The very huge loss of human lives and property worth billions of rupees in Kashmir over the past 28 years is a live example of the practice of national self-destruction. The pro-liberation parties in Kashmir are promoting the Kashmir Cause by appealing the people to resist Indian presence in Kashmir. The peaceful resistance changes into violent clashes in which human lives are lost almost daily in the troubled valley.
There is no interaction between the central government and pro-liberation parties of Kashmir over the past so many years. The hardliner stance from both sides has created political impasse in which the people are the ultimate sufferers. The government of India can not absolve herself from its wrong Kashmir policy since 1953 by holding solely Pakistan responsible for destruction in the troubled state. The pro-liberation leadership like Sheikh Abdullah did in early 1970’s,has also to rethink about its set political goals, operational strategy and timing without making a total compromise, which the sher-e-Kashmir did in 1975. The government of India must properly read the writing on the wall, that without addressing the Kashmir problem in its proper historical context the people of Kashmir are not now going to retreat back empty handed. The national self-destruction perhaps is not a choice but a compulsion of Kashmiries to force New Delhi to restore back the centre-state relations in Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the Instrument of Accession submitted by the late Maharaja Hari Singh and provisionally accepted by Lord Mountbatten.
The BJP government at the centre, for ideological reasons is not the right party in power to resolve the Kashmir problem. Right from the time late Shama Prasad Mukerjee entered in to the territory of Jammu and Kashmir without a proper permit, the seeds of suspicion started sprouting in Kashmir. With the passage the Hindu nationalist party grew in size and the gulf between Kashmir and India also began to widen proportionately because the Congress began to do in Kashmir what the BJP could not have done by itself. Since the Babri Masjid issue has become over the years politically irrelevant for BJP, the party can ill-afford to strengthen Article 370 by announcing a political package for J&K. So the pro-Aazadi parties in the state have to wait for an opportune time to start a meaningful dialogue with New Delhi. The long and intensive protest calendars for disruption of normal life in the valley will not serve any purpose. The weaker section of the society, the sick people and student community will be badly hit by these long and untimely strike calls.
There is an urgent need to start some pro-people confidence building measures in Jammu and Kashmir, like the removal of AFSPA, use of civilized methods for controlling the mobs, judicial review of the pending cases against the Kashmiri youth languishing in jails, punishment of police and paramilitary personnel for violating the law of the land and granting financial support to the families affected by violence in Kashmir. The efforts have to be made in the Indian Administered Jammu and Kashmir State to rise above the party and ideological considerations to hold the inter-regional all parties dialogue for building a consensus on the national political agenda for J&K. The mutually agreed, logically sound, operationally viable and legally genuine demands need to be put before the government of India in a proper manner. The government of India should also hold an all party meeting on Kashmir to formulate a realistic Kashmir Policy to address the grievances of the people living in different regions of the Jammu and Kashmir State.
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