Time is up
Days of experiments are over
IMPRESSIONS BY BINOO JOSHI
It is true that in a democracy, numbers matter, and matter in a big way. Some would say that the numbers alone matter, or matter the most. But, some times this game of numbers causes more problems than any other factor in a functioning democracy. At times, brute majority is as bad as the struggle for getting, what is described in a dreamy phrase “magic figure”. Another phrase, `coalition dharma' is born out of this magic figure, where parties enter into compromises in the name of `ideological affinity'- it is this phrase which kills the basic values of democracy. The parties, which come together on the like-minded ideologies, serve as extreme adversaries as well. This is a contradiction in itself.
This, essentially is, opportunism. Because such coming together of the parties or groups is driven by the greed to come to power, or to dictate terms to the head of the government. This is too dangerous an experiment. Such experiments have proved far worse than the previous experiments, wherein the sanctity of the polls was open to question, or when the results were manipulated in favour of a particular party for one reason or the other. This brings with it political instability and the loss of faith of the people in the system.
The system that should have been working for the welfare of the people, works other way around, leaving everything unaccountable. In a system where the boast is all about setting up of institutions, without giving them adequate powers and logistic support and where the human resources owe their existence of their political masters or leaders who get them appointed, reflect helplessness of the democracy and the leaders who feel that they have been mandated to do things. That is not okay for any nation or the provinces in any federal structure, particularly India. And for a state like Jammu and Kashmir, where the experiments in the past have only delivered bad things and challenged the basic definition of the democracy, as students of political science were taught, quoting U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Any attempt to shy away from the people is unacceptable.
Many have made Jammu and Kashmir as a ground for the hit and trial methods with democracy. Such an attitude, which started with faith in some people the mid-twentieth century, to this day of the 21st century, is pushing the state toward fragmentation, disappointment and a mood of gloom, all across the three regions of the society. The kind of experiments that have been pushed down the throat of the political stomach of the state, have given rise to a series of questions: is the state today more united culturally, ideologically, politically or emotionally, or, is this state not geographically and politically more divided than ever before, isn’t fundamentalism gaining more ground and extremists calling shots at all the places. Those who had referred to the new Pir Panchals coming up in the first few years of this century, not consolidating these mountains in the sense they had been talking about it. The state is at precipice - this is not a pessimistic outlook. It’s a realistic way of looking at things.
It is time to wake up. Separatists are condemned for promoting physical violence and polluting the atmosphere. They may be working on their own or someone’s behest, we would never know, because we have yet to see a consistent policy. Should we shun them off, as the Western diplomats have done. Or, do we walk an extra mile to embrace them to the side of reason and reconciliation, not “Kabaddi style” but as the tools of conflict resolution work - through knocking their doors. It’s like knocking the door of the room of a child with whom the parents had an argument over something. There is no short cut to any thing. Short cuts are bad cuts, when you fall, you break bones, and fall you quite often. Turning over of the pages of the recent history of the state would show that there is an uncertain ground beneath on which we are trying to build castles in one of the most dangerous seismic zone. The state needs quake proof elements in all spheres of life, otherwise there is a danger of things falling apart. The days of experiments are over.
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