Indian politics in Kashmir: A theatre of illusions

For the past  47 days now  Kashmir has been reeling under the  back breaking curfew, restrictions and forces’ brutal  operations to  crush  the massive unprecedented revolt  in twelve hundred villages  of Kashmir. It has been  the longest curfew and brutal operation by forces  possibly anywhere in the world. So far 68  persons have been mercilessly  killed. More than 500 hundred have been deliberately  blinded  by pellet guns and   almost five thousand maimed and crippled by guns  for life  only for raising their  voice of protest against brutal and  heavily  militarized occupation.


Any other country in the world which professes to be democratic  would have listened to the voice of people and set in motion a speedy political process to address the rightful demands of the agitating people. But Indian state has been sending only more forces to suppress the people’s largely peaceful movement and  by trying to generate  different deceptive narratives to deflect world attention from the peaceful massive  movement and to misinform Indian public. Pakistan comes as a handy whipping boy to Government of India  to escape from owning  responsibility for the sins it has committed in Kashmir.


 Everyone knows that it has been a spontaneous massive revolt, venting  a cumulative anger that has accumulated over the years over the delay in resolving the  Kashmir issue. The anger is against  attempts to   naturalise a military  brutal order, for maintaining a  paralysing political stalemate, for trying  to change the demographics and cultural landscape of Kashmir in spite of having rendered enormous sacrifices both human and material in the past three decades for   exercising  the  right to self determination.


In  mystifying  the current revolt and giving  it various names other than what it is in reality, PDP  has been on the forefront in helping Indian government to wriggle out of the responsibility of resolving the issue and crushing it with brute force. First Mehbooba’s  vilification  of the movement  through obfuscating outpourings  calling it hulla gulla and then Beigh taking the vilification  to new depths of depravity in a bid to replace her in RSS’s imagination by connecting cataclysmic revolt to the international agenda of Muslim demonization by terming  it as ISIS and madrasas’ induced radicalization aiming at  establishing  Khilafat in Kashmir.


Indian home minister at least deserves   credit for refusing to link it with ISIS et al. Ever body knows that those who are spearheading the movement are modern, educated  youth  especially in science and technology and  have felt the military and political oppression very intensely. Instead credit goes to opposition party leaders  and parliament leaders who have  stressed on the political solution  of the crisis  and speedy negotiations  with resistance leaders for the resolution of the long pending issue. The government  of India can still retrieve the  situation by taking appropriate steps on the ground as suggested by the former home minister P Chidambaram and seriously initiate  meaningful  negotiations for the lasting resolution of the issue that has devoured millions of lives and brought untold and indescribable sufferings to Kashmiris. Otherwise it will lead to disaster for which government of India would alone be responsible.



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