IT'S IDENTINARIAN, DIVISIVE AND RACIST, WRITES PROF. HAMEEDAH NAYEEM
A common person in Kashmir today is not jubilant over the arrival of summer as elsewhere because additional seeds to what already exist of unrest have been sown with the promulgation of the order for the issuance of the Dogra Certificate to the residents of Jammu province irrespective of their religion, language and ethnicity. Dogra Certificate is ostensibly given to help people from Jammu to get jobs in central paramilitary forces wherever “relaxation in height and chest measurement is permissible” and for no other purpose as has been further clarified by the minister Raman Bhalla Ostensibly there is no insidious motive behind it, but a closer look at the intention of the certificate reveals a sinister design behind it. It seems to be the handiwork of those forces who have been overemphasizing and simultaneously intensifying through subtle machinations the mild social diversity in the valley of Kashmir to fracture and heterogenize its broadly homogenous identity. Because the question is how shall it work out on the ground.
Firstly by giving the certificate to a particular community for jobs which does not otherwise come under any reserved category is discriminatory, unjust and racist, to say the least.
Second, despite being community specific, the certificate is available to other communities in the region too, “irrespective of his or her ethnicity, religion, cultural background and mother tongue” which on the face of it is supposed to appease other groups in Jammu province like Paharis, Guggars, Muslims Rajputs and the refugees from Pak but is actually negating their primary identities and homogenizing them under one umbrella of dogra certificate as Dogras. Here is the rub the hidden agenda is to project all people living in the Jammu province, Pirpanchal and Chenab valley as one homogenous identity to strengthen Dogra nationalism in the state. For the sake of jobs even some clans from Kashmir can apply for this certificate which will enhance the numbers of dogras on the paper. What provides further ammunition to the divisive agenda is the government's willingness to issue a similar certificate to people living in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh.
After failing to create a battle of different discourses in the valley to destabilize the broadly monolithic resistance narrative of Kashmir demonstrated in the last year uprising, political engineers sitting in Delhi and Jammu have now stumbled on a homogenizing discourse in Jammu to scuttle the justified claims of the majority community in the state. While the government of the day is apparently trying to plug all the loopholes to prevent the repeat of the last year’s unrest, hawks in the establishment are hell-bent on sowing the seeds of dissension in one way or the other to deepen the cleavage between regions and to reduce the majority character of the state in favor of a regressive Identinarian politics not only to block the road of a just settlement of Kashmir issue but to drown the Kashmiri’s cry for rights and justice in the waters of Dogra nationalism.
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