The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday pulled out of the Jammu and Kashmir government headed by People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti. Speaking to the media in Delhi, the party in charge of J&K Ram Madhav said that the alliance had become untenable as the situation in the valley was worsening every day. According to Madhav, the ceasefire was a goodwill gesture which was not reciprocated so they pulled the rug and now the state would be under the direct control of the Center through the Governor of the state.
It is clear that the BJP does not want to own the horrendous failure in Jammu and Kashmir and perhaps withdrew keeping in mind the ‘national’ sentiments which would be much regressive than ever as we know the ‘chavanni chhap’ leaders will spit fire in the public and convert the entire issue into Hindus and Muslims or India and Pakistan as if the Hindus have given them sole permit to speak on their behalf. In fact, I agree with the Kerala author who suggested that Hindus must now speak up and disown the Hindutva outfit in absolute term.
BJP leaders have used Kashmir’s Pandit issue to polarise the masses and it was difficult for them to use the same rhetoric if they were in the power with PDP. The fact is that Kashmir is not merely a law and order issue which this government wanted to convey to all. It is an international issue despite all the denials by the government of India and its thoroughly discredited mediamen. A few of those who questioned the state and the militants actually became victims of violence. Now, when an issue is national and need attention of all of us to resolve, the Hindutva lumpens actually made it a Hindu vs Muslim issue raising the bogey of the treatment to Kashmiri Pandits. If the discrimination and violence in Kashmir has to be recounted and revisited then where would you begin your story? Obviously not from 1990 when the situation became alarmingly out of control of the Indian state. The fact is that today, the situation is worst than 1990. At least that time, the national media reported but today the brahmanical media hide facts and speak like Amit Shah’s spokesperson.
The situation in Kashmir is deeply disturbing and perhaps needed a balm but this government was determined to use the Kashmiri dissent into a false nationalistic narratives to win the elections. The armed forces have been pushed into an entirely hostile atmosphere where they are made to believe as if the local population has become Pakistani. Without understanding the history of Kashmir, you can not really resolve the crisis. But, quite unfortunately Assam, Kashmir, Nagaland are the regions which the ruling party wants to use in the rest of the country. For a common Sanghi or even non Sanghi Indian, Kashmiris are anti Indians and therefore army need to crush them. It is because most of these lynch mob kind of nationalists have not ever felt the understanding of a minority psyche. The whole understanding of the Kashmir, Assam, Nagaland from the glasses of upper caste north Indian mindset is only proving to be disastrous. Modi’s advisers don’t look beyond the immediate gains in the elections and hence the violence in Kashmir or the resentment against the Indian army would be used as a tool to whip up passions of we versus them.
BJP’s ministers are determined to convert every issue into a Hindu vs Muslim crisis but we hope that people of India are realising the entire game plan of the Sangh Parivar and their crony corporate. Have we not seen how the BJP and its leaders justify the human sheild used by Major Gogoi and now the said Major is under the investigation for another violation. The party shamelessly supported those who have been campaigning against the Bakarwal community girl brutally raped and murdered by the priest of a temple along with other accomplice. Rather than openly condemning the heneous crime against humanity, the party tried to play the communal game, and blaming the seculars and liberals for accusing the ‘Hindus’. Even the lawywers in the Kathua court tried to subvert the case which was finally transferred outside the state.
The Central government has completely failed in Kashmir. The sentiment in the valley has turned against India and army is finding it tough to handle the situation. The tragedy is that the follies of the political leadership in Delhi is being shouldered by the armed forces who are doing their work in deeply difficult circumstances. So many of our soldiers have been killed in this warfare which the government still not ready to accede that it is a political issue and need a political solution.
Veteran editor Shujaat Bukhari’s murder was the last in the coffin and the central government wanted to put the blame entirely on Mehbooba Mufti whose father made the life time mistake by allying with totally communal fringe which has no botheration of Kashmiri people but which only wanted to dominate the geographical area and not the people. That is what Sangh Parivar think of every part of India. They only love land which eventually they are handing over to the corporate even when people are being killed when they protest. In Kashmir if they protest for their autonomy, they are terrorists elsewhere they are Maoists and naxalites. Ironically, those Sanghis who are openly threatening and killing people are nationalists and have full political support.
We know that after this break up, the government will use the same macho language and BJP political leaders will prepare the background of how the party did not ‘succumb’ to ‘terrorists’ and ‘Muslims’ who are anti-Indians. Well, we hope this falsification of history will be rejected by the people of India but even if this is accepted, it is not going to resolve the issue in Kashmir. You can not resolve the Jammu & Kashmir issue or bring peace there by holding referendum in rest of the country or at the crony corporate funded corrupt communal TV studios. You can not decide the future of Kashmir by making it an issue during the election to polarise votes in rest of the country. If you want to resolve the issue, just go there, speak to people, show your intents and remain honest. However, this is not visible and therefore situation is becoming grimmer.
As there is no government even for the name sake, the direct rule of Delhi will be observed carefully internationally. For the first time in the history, Kashmir issue has come at the UN and a report castigate India for the human rights violation. Now just outrightly rejecting it would not be suffice. Show some work at the ground and speak to the people. Once your deshbhakts have discredited all the political parties in the valley, all the people who were really interested to speak, things are difficult. I have said many times that those Kashmiris who are speaking of sanity and peace face threats both from the Indian state as well as the militants outfits. Their lives are in danger and the state has unable to protect them.
It is time for the government to seriously look into the affair by engaging all the stakeholders including political parties, civil society organisations and others. Also at the national level, it should not merely the government but all the parties opposition who must be taken into confidence to build up a consensus on Jammu and Kashmir. A military solution to the issue will never be possible and ultimately we will have to bring all the forces to the negotiation table. Using Kashmir for the electoral purpose will boomerang and further isolate India at the International forums.
[Vidya Bhushan Rawat is a social and human rights activist. He blogs at www.manukhsi.blogspot.com twitter @freetohumanity Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. First published by CounterCurrents.org.]
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