The holy alliance
It's all the politics of interests
DR.MIRZA ASHRAF BEG
Alliances in politics are not a new phenomenon. In fact coalition for a good cause or betterment of mankind is being practiced all over the world. That is why nations with different ideologies share a common platform in the United Nations. Communists and capitalists despite their different doctrines do share a common podium for eradication of poverty, disease and developments worldwide. Similarly India and Pakistan may have different opinions for the solution of Kashmir imbroglio yet they have to share a stage for sharing Indus waters or how to address the post partition legacies of the suffering mankind. So long as your intentions are honest it is none of your faults if an alliance or an accord did not bring the desired results. On the contrary it goes to your discredit if you disown or backtrack from an accord.
It is said during freedom struggle in India some Sardar Khazir was supporting the British rule hence was looked down upon by the masses. Once a huge procession in Lahor was shouting, ‘down with Khazir and Khizar murdabad.’ Somehow the news reached Khazir and he managed to distribute alms amongst the leaders of the demonstration. This act altered the situation in totality and the same people started to shout in Punjabi, ‘Hun hi khabar Aayi haiy-Khazir sada bhai hay.’ Meaning, ‘We have just received the news that Khazir is our own brother.’ That is what happens in politics of interests!
National Conference and Congress have a history of alliances. Indian National Congress and its leaders always supported National Conference during its struggle against the autocratic rule. For some time it also supported NC demand for implementation of UN resolutions for the final settlement of Kashmir issue (Pt. Nehru’s historical speech in Lal Chowk Srinagar). The partners parted their ways in 1953 when Indian National Congress got jittery about the demand of UN resolutions. There should be no denial to the fact that the unanimous decision for reunion between the ruling INC in Kashmir and plebiscite front to share power was the result of drastic changes in geopolitics. The negotiations between Mirza Afzal Beg and G.Parthasarthy the emissaries of plebiscite front and government of India led to a consensus bringing Sheikh Sahib back to power through Shiekh-Indra accord. The alliance proved to be short living when INC as per past practice pulled down the NC government by a vote of no confidence only to loose the battle in 1977 elections. Hence the leadership in NC that keeps its fingers crossed on latest NC-INC alliance cannot be brushed aside as ‘politics of interests.’ ‘Once bitten is twice shy.’ In Persian they say, ‘Aazmmdan Ra Aazmooday Khata Ast.’
Similarly INC-PDP alliance broke away when PDP against the rules of the game insisted to stay in chair at the end of its term. So we shouldn’t be surprised to hear ‘Khazir Sada Bhai Hay’ for a PDP-NC coalition at some point of time! It is politics and politics makes strange bedfellows. We also need to understand that hiccups are a part and parcel of coalition system unless we figure out a common minimum programme and adhere to it in principal.
These days NC-INC alliance is once again in the news for the forthcoming elections due for 2014 and some political functionaries boast of this alliance to browbeat their opponents hardly realizing the electorate in Kashmir by now has matured enough to judge the performance of the candidates and the organizations rather than add any weightage to such alliances or muscle power of the coalitions. Developmental works like construction of a six lane highway from Lakhinpur to Kaman post in Uri or ongoing developments in our cities, towns and villages is definitely going to have a direct bearing on the elections the way construction of KP road, university campus at high-ground Islamabad or Islamic university at Awantipore had on previous elections in South Kashmir as against the coalitions between NC-INC and INC-PDP that has a history of failures and political bickering. We also need to understand despite the fact PDP lost all the seats in Panchayat elections its impressive performance against its giant rivals speaks volumes of its political expertise. Keeping all these facts of the game in mind Chief Minster has been intelligent enough to accept that coalition is a compulsion rather than a choice.
(The columnist is the writer of the book, ‘Kashmir in search of peace.’
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