Tactical shift in Kashmir policy?August 13th, 2010
All of a sudden in the last couple of weeks the entire policy or attitude, if you please, of every Tom, Dick and Harry including the govt of India on Kashmir and Kashmiris has undergone a drastic change. Now everyone is talking about the feelings of Kashmiris which has led them to resort to violence in the valley. Even media personalities like Barkha Dutt, Rajdeep Sardesai and Meghnad Desai (sitting in London) are constantly espousing their cause through regular tweets and columns in various newspapers. In fact Lord Desai even said that all stake holders must dilute their positions in order to reach an amicable solution. More about this later in the post.
Contrast this with the situation a month or so ago when everyone including those mentioned above were blaming stone pelters and Hurriyat Conference of instigating trouble in the valley. Times Now even aired recorded calls between a paymaster from Hurriyat and someone who was being paid to create mayhem in Kashmir. Even people in the govt were saying similar stuff that anti social elements (implying Hurriyat) are behind this since terror and terrorism was on the wane thanks to our security forces.
All of a sudden things have started moving in a different direction. Omar Abdullah is now being seen as an inefficient CM who cannot control the situation, which unfortunately he is. In fact, people say that he has lost contact with the masses which has led to the current unrest. Dr Manmohan Singh too has suddenly broken his silence after a couple of months and offered ‘autonomy’ to the state, out of the blue I might add, an offer which has been completely rejected by Hurriyat.
Well, what kind of dilution of our position can we possibly do? Well, Dr Manmohan Singh has already done that. Autonomy is the MAXIMUM THAT HE CAN OFFER, even though in my opinion that too is not correct (read my previous post Shall we give autonomy to J&K?). There is no room for him beyond this now. Yes, he can further sweeten the pill by offering more economic packages but those are just frivolous measures which do not have much impact because this fight is more political than economical. And on the political front there is no room left for Dr Manmohan Singh, alongwith National Conference and the rest of confused Congress, to maneuver. Anything beyond this, implying AZADI or merger with Pakistan, is outside the scope of our constitution, which Dr Manmohan Singh is not authorized to deal with.
So what now? Even the best that Dr Manmohan Singh can give is not enough for Hurriyat. They will not budge from their demands come what may. In fact this is the sole purpose of their existence. And it is on this very premise Pakistan is giving them money and support. Well, that leaves us with one and only one choice- Crackdown on all hardliners especially Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Each and every person who stands for Azadi needs to be put behind bars and tried for treason. Yes, there will be a backlash amongst a section of people. So what? They have been agitating for more than sixty years now. Let them agitate some more. If Pakis want to feel bad about it, let them. How does it matter? Let me also add that the day our govt decides to be stern with the hardliners the entire polity of the country will rally behind the govt. Not just the govt but the average citizen of India too will support every positive action the govt takes.
There is yet another theory being propounded by writers and journalists that we need to strengthen the social fabric of the state first by implementing the Panchayati Raj system, the Human Rights Groups, the RTI Act alongwith other goodies like the economic package etc. What all these writers, Barkha Dutt in particular who has soft spot for all the hardliners, forget is that billions of dollars from ‘Hindu’ India, as Hurriyat and Pakistan perceive us, have already been doled out to a non productive state, which on it’s own is incapable of sustaining itself. Despite all the largesse showered on them they remain defiant harping on the same old chants of AZADI. Let me also add that in Times of India’s edition of 13 Aug 10 there is a report Valley youths chuck career to pelt stones, the title of which is self explanatory of the content. And they are talking of people like young businessmen, management teachers, students with good career options and such like people who have taken up stone pelting as a full time job. What kind of social and financial support can we give these guys? Virtually nothing, if you see. All these people are being made to believe in a dream by Hurriyat and Pakistan, which itself will never let Kashmir be independent. Had it been so they’d have granted independence to POK by now.
As is evident from the current situation, we need to break this will of Hurriyat to wage this kind of war on India, like I spoke about in my earlier post Go after Hurriyat. All other options have been tried and exhausted. Try a different one this time.