Time to act
Enough! Prime Minister must deliver now
IMPRESSIONS BY BINOO JOSHI
The time has come to ask the nation whether it actually hopes that the things will turn around in the Valley, as nothing has been heard about the plans of the Central government to take any major step to set a course or direction that can deliver the state out of uncertainty. There is neither any thing uncomfortable nor unconstitutional about this question. It is simply a democratic and constitutional poser.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has exhibited his commitment to do something positive for this state. It is the time to go in for action as the promises of the leaders have a particular time frame. Once deadlines are not defined or those are skipped, the people tend to get impatient.
Either it should be said that the demand is genuine and if it is not then it should be respected within the defined parameters of the Constitution. As one of the three interlocutors on Kashmir, a respected academic and an authority on the conflict resolution, Radha Kumar had rightly observed that the Indian Constitution is vast enough to accommodate diverse aspirations, the word should have been heeded.
Dr. Singh is not unfamiliar with the crisis. He has faced many during his tenure as Prime Minister so far. Itís a sign of a mature minds and personalities that they deal with the extraordinary situations with unprecedented calm and composure. In the recent months, we have seen that Prime Minister acted in a most dignified manner even when there were many provocations within the Parliament and outside of it. Some say it is his weakness, but I believe that by maintaining such calm in response to the provocations, he makes his opponents to exhibit their political weaknesses.
Having said that, there are certain moments when it is time to act. The silence is misunderstood and misinterpreted by the detractors. It is true that his predecessor was an excellent orator, thinker and statesman who outlined a vision for Jammu and Kashmir, and Dr. Singh showed an unequivocal determination to further strengthen that process. He did not leave any effort. During the UPA 1 dialogue was resumed with the separatists and it is a matter of record that defying all odds, Pradesh Congress Committee president, then Union Water Resources Minister, Saif-ud- Din Soz played a key role in arranging the talks between the two sides. But, somehow the dialogue, Round Table Conferences, Working Groups and the interlocutorsí report, have not been allowed to reach logical conclusion.
Such a situation has created complications. One, the non-implementation of various recommendations has created a trust deficit. The vested interests have exploited that to the hilt. It was seen and experienced during 2009 and 2010. Putting it hypothetically, had the dialogue with the Hurriyat Conference ( Moderate) been allowed to progress, the situation would have been different, leaving separatists without any excuses to run away from the dialogue or inject new conditions in the process. It would have also shown that how much relevant the separatist leaders were in the vortex of politics of Kashmir. After all, at some stage the troops were thinned, bunkers were dismantled and the prisoners were set free, but no one was allowed to take credit, separatists or mainstream. As a result there were only claims by some, but those are hardly being credited to them by the people.
The masses deserve something better. A will to translate the intentions into actions is very important for the political and administrative messages. Kashmir is a problem, some call it political, others describe it as human, but when it comes to finding ways out of the crisis, what remains is rhetoric and rhetoric only, some emotive, other hardcore political, and at times far removed from the reality that exists on the ground. Whatever be the nature of the problem Ė the fact is that there was conflict for 21 years and it would be statement of full of risks to suggest that it has ended. It has not.
At this juncture, Prime Minister must revisit the recommendations, initiate an animated debate within the nation and deliver some way out, not just to blunt his detractors but for the masses of this state who want to be adopted in real sense of the word. The matter cannot be left hanging in balance for ever. That is a very, very dangerous scenario. There is need to walk with faith to win the trust. The time is now.
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