We need politicians who think seriously with a mind of their own
KASHMIR BY BILAL AHMAD GANAI
Dr. Manmohan Singh recently met an all party delegation from the unfortunate state of Jammu and Kashmir. Later he expressed his views in a TV broadcast, wherein he talked about the resolution of the problems in the Jammu and Kashmir. The PM also asked the leaders from the state to go the people of state and convey them the sincerity of the government of India towards the political issues facing the state. The statement recognized the alienation of the Kashmiri masses that they have been through from the last 63 years of the Indian rule in the state. The statement came after around 60 killings in Kashmir. With no letup in the situation the killing spree of the forces against the innocent Kashmiris is on, providing fodder to the most hungry and air conditioned media houses of India.
The Western community has sworn in the name of their political expediency and immoral opportunism that they are not going to commit themselves with regard to any aspect of the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. Theirs is the same first world where human rights and concern for the same is the measure of a state’s stature; wherein if a lesbian is prevented from talking about lesbianism, the whole Western media will rise to the occasion to defend her right. Wherein, Barrak H. Obama talks in the most flamboyant way about the rights of trans-sexuals. Wherein, the people carried their respective shares of the so-called ‘White Burdens’ of civilizing the whole world on the shoulders of their states so as to purge the same from the ‘other’, barbarians. But when it comes to Kashmir. They choose to miss it. ‘Don’t mention Kashmir’ is what they have imprinted on their minds. The recent visit of David Cameron bears an example. The six cabinet ministers, which accompanied the PM, had been drilled by the Foreign Office to say absolutely nothing on Kashmir. Isn’t Cameron’s country equally responsible for the diseased limb of the South Asia that is Kashmir? Why do most western governments avoid any public mention of the Kashmir crisis? Why don’t these people understand that the people of the valley are not operating under any sponsored sentiments? People know they are going to get killed, but they still come out. Why? The heavily militarized region of the world has always suffered at the hands of the enemies of humanity. Kashmir has turned into a laboratory where all sorts of horrible experiments are being carried out with the intention to invent new techniques of oppression.
The mainstream political leadership of the Jammu and Kashmir has been exposed to the fullest. They are fiddling while the whole Kashmir is on fire. A local Congress leader, Mrs. Kheem Lata Vakhlou, in an interview described the stone pelting in Kashmir as an entertainment for the youth of Kashmir. She even laughed at the same; citing lack of entertainment-facilities has led the Kashmiri youth to indulge in stone pelting. She suggested that district wise cricket should be organized to rectify the faults. Are the Kashmiri youth ready for the new version of the game or so-called entertainment! And what Farooq Abdullah suggests to shoot down all Kashmiris what more can one say.
With such callousness of politicians, Prime Minister needs to open up an Orientation Programme for the myopic and schizophrenic mainstream political leaders of the unfortunate valley. We need political leaders with a mind of their own. It's their idiocy that is responsible for the mess we are in.
(Bilal Ahmad Ganai is a Research Scholar from Kashmir University. Feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Lastupdate on : Wed, 25 Aug 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
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