From Thimpu spring to Pakistani summer
J&K alone can offer roadmap to Delhi, Islamabad
IMPRESSIONS BY UDAY SHANKER
There are inherent dangers as well. The two nations also are aware that despite the hand shakes and bonhomie displayed during the summit at Thimpu, and the telephonic conversation between Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers there would be attempts to stall the process by the elements in both the establishments. That has been the tragedy of the Indo-Pak relations for the past over six decades.
Most surprising part is that the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have bigger stakes in peace between the two countries, also are falling victims to rhetoric of fundamentalism and unable to deliver a roadmap ahead. They have become too dependent on
Both Delhi and Islamabad are taking advantage of it. The Americans have a clear interest in South Asia, not seeing Kashmir to re-appear as a nuclear flash point or a land where guns and grenades boom, giving an excuse to India to keep its army presence at the current level and also maintain the deployment on the Line of Control at the level it is, despite the ceasefire over there.
At the same time,
That has come to the fore in the manner the United States has pressured Pakistan to hunt for militants after a Pakistani –origin American citizen Shahzad Faisal, appeared as an accused in the failed car bomb tyerror plot at Times Square in New York. For the United States, Faisal is a symbol of a bigger unrest at work, and Pakistan’s role.
Americans have made no secret of the fact , how they view the plot and
A sugar coated pill of “ more cooperation” from
That’s a typical way of the
Now there are two direct issues concerning Kashmir; water and the resolution of
Let’s talk about the water first. Pakistan is in a deep trouble. Its farmers are facing harrowing times. There is a less flow of water in its rivers, and its instant reaction is to put the whole blame on India , which controls three rivers – Ravi , Beas and Satulej under the Indus Water Treaty , and Pakistan has the right to see how the waters of Chenab, Jhelum and Indus, are to be used. Since the times of the creation of Pakistan, it has been a long term policy of Islamabad to ensure that there should be enough water for its fields, dams and projects, canals .
There can be no dispute over it. Every nation has a right and duty toward its people to provide them basic needs and water figures on top of it. The water is connected to security of life and food , a universal truth, not just restricted to Pakistan. It is one of the reasons that Pakistan has been eyeing Kashmir, a reservoir of glaciers and water bodies, apart from the political theme of the unfinished agenda of Partition and the religious affinity that people of Pakistan have with the Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir, historical wrongs or the twisted tale of the demarcation of the border line .
Today Kashmir is fighting its own battle for water. Its glaciers have shrunk and the water flow is at its lowest level, the recent spate of rains notwithstanding. The Valley is suffering from food deficiency and the farmers at the tail-ends of the rivers , canals and streams have been advised not to go n in for farming, because there is not enough water to irrigate their fields . And , with global warming showing its ill-effects every passing day, things are not expected to improve. There will be pressure on water resources.
It will again come to the people of Kashmir, its intellectuals and scientists would have to undertake that task, to formulate a long term plan, how to save water and make judicious use of it, so that the coming generations don’t have to ask : “ did we ever had glaciers or rivers”, like some have already started asking : “ were there springs here”, when they look at the dry bowls , which once used to be overflowing springs.
Next comes Kashmir solution. It’s time for the leadership of Jammu and Kashmir to move beyond making charges and counter-charges and looking at the ethnic, religious and geographical identities and inventing taunts. They must, they must, because it is must, a comprehensive solution should be worked out, not at the behest of India or Pakistan, but an original solution, which doesn’t have the theories and formulas of the outdated times, relevant to present times and generation next.
If that is on the table with Delhi and Islamabad, there is no option for both to accept it. But can the leadership of Jammu and Kashmir summon such a will and wisdom to look beyond their backyards and instead of serving the interests of Delhi, Islamabad, Washington ,bringing the interests of the people of the state on top of their agenda. No lip service, action please.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 May 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 May 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 IST
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