Delhi Can Never Win Over Kashmiris By Force

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The Jama’at-e-Islami chapter was launched in Kashmir to make better understanding of Islam and human values and not with any subversive agenda.

It always worked under the limits of the constitution of India ,which has never put an impediment  to anyone’s way to preach and spread one’s religion.One of the India’s basic and fundamental article is its secular being which has been inked big in the Preamble of Indian Constitution. The Jama’at-e-Islami  waved its wings under its shadow and never tried to cross the line.

 It is not appended with any armed groups in Kashmir ,instead it always put thrust on education and development of  Kashmir Valley. It has never indulged in hate mongering and other divisive policies. Instead it always focused on polishing the humans with real human ethos and brotherhood.

Jama’at from its inception has been serving humanity through physical, social and intellectual resources irrespective of religion, caste, creed and colour.It has been a cadre based and disciplined organisation with a devoted, dedicated and down to earth human resource. Jama’at has played a key and dominant role in enlightening the society with education and ethics with nominal material resources at its disposal.The one lakh students , ten thousand  teachers and three hundred schools which are in Jama’at credit. It had rather bound itself to empower youth with knowledge.

Jama’at-e-Islami has played  prominent role in helping poor and downtrodden people. It has worked for the sake of humanity  even at times of most rigorous and devastating  calamities . The role is evident from the 2014 floods in Kashmir, when Jama’at played an active role in rescuing and rehabilitating the affected ones.

What motive can be behind banning of such an organisation?  The move can only bring disrepute to the the secular image of  India. One can only presume what might be the reasons behind turning Jama’at unlawful. The major reason would be that GOI thinks Jama’at is the root cause of uprising in valley. One more aim of victimising Jama’at is to drag it to electoral politics as the elections are very near.

Jama’at was earlier banned in nineties during Jagmohan’s tenure. But the ban was revoked some years later. If it would have been helpful in curbing the voice of Kashmiris ,then the ban would not have been lifted then.The intimidation of its activists is also aimed at forcing them to subscribe to the poll exercise so as to reinforce the doctrine of deceit and also to encourage the other voices of dissent to follow the Jama’at cadres to sing the electoral chorus. The voices of dissent continue to be muzzled and strangulated to promote the narrative of monopoly and despotism

This ban would only turn into yet another political fiasco for Delhi in Kashmir. The more Delhi tries to suppress the voice of Kashmiris ,the more they will turn violent in reaction. Until and unless New Delhi accepts the hard reality of Kashmir that they can only win over Kashmiris by love and respect and not by intimidation and force it is doomed to fail as it has always since 1947.

Zaieem Bhat

bhatzaieem25@gmail.com

 


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