Kashmir plan of RSS deserves a debate
This refers to the ‘debatable’ Kashmir Plan of RSS ideologue Shri Vaidya (GK October 4, 2010). Shri Vaidya lays down a new solution for the Kashmir problem in general and for the present unrest in particular. He recommends that Kashmir be detached from Ladakh and Jammu and granted pre 1953 level autonomy with power on all subjects other than defence, foreign affairs and communications. As for Jammu he suggests Statehood and for Ladakh, a Union territory status so as to satisfy the aspirations of the people living in these regions. He also suggests that the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution be strengthened so the proposed Kashmir State could have its own KAS officers instead of the IAS officers and the new State could have its own laws instead of the laws enforced upon it by the Indian Parliament. Disagreeing with the post of the Sadre-i-Riyasat , he suggests that that the State should have its own Wazir-i-Azam.
There are many issues which Shri Vaidya has not discussed in his Kashmir Plan. He has nothing to say about the people of Gilgit and Baltistan who are groaning under direct Pak domination. Similarly, he has made no mention of areas of the State ( Aksaichin and others) which are under occupation of China. However, the ideas put forth by the learned ideologue are worth consideration and fair debate. It is not a solid argument to say that we will not hear anything from a person of RSS which is a recognized political party in India and among whose members we have our Kashmiri Pandits. Shri Vaidya’s Kashmir Plan has, so far, evoked a very strong reaction from some pro-India as well as anti-India politicians. Most of them dislike disintegration of the State despite the fact that it stands already disintegrated into 4 parts - Azad Kashmir, Frontier illaqas of Gilgit and Baltistan under Pak control, Chinese occupied Kashmir, and India held Kashmir, the present day, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. It must be recognized that no boundary is sacrosanct and as such subject to change. Once upon a time there was one country known as Hindoostan, which was bifurcated into three countries by the British. More recently, we had truncated Indian Punjab, out of which they cleaved out the States of Himachal and Haryana. As such, all members of our society must express their views on the above mentioned Kashmir Plan. For how long we have to remain tagged with the dreams of our politicians?
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