Bad omen for Kashmir
Hollow slogans back in political discourse
The dynamics of the internal politics in Jammu and Kashmir is changing. Hollow slogans are back in the political discourse, with each player throwing a new ball in the court with the expectations that it would never return to their court. This is not the politics. With their dreary eyes, the political leaders of this trouble-stricken state, are enjoying every moment of their hollow slogans.
Three major players of the game have been forced to rethink their strategies in the wake of the separatists making a common cause with the people on the issue of basic necessities, like water, power and education. Three major parties, National Conference, Congress and Peoples Democratic Party, despite their lip service that let Hurriyat Conference ( now how many of them are there is anyone’s guess) contest polls, they were very happy seeing separatists giving a poll boycott call or turning themselves away from the ballots and booths.. If they were so serious about involving separatists in talks and the electoral battle- which the separatists are not new to, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s party fought 1983 and 1987 elections under the banner of National Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani was also an honourable member of the state legislative Assembly – they could have opened the channels of communication with their fellow Kashmiris – and set up a table to discuss agenda of Kashmir’s peace and solution.
If separatists were wary of any such move, the mainstream leaders were worse. All the time, be it National Conference or PDP, were suggesting New Delhi to open talks with them and sort out the issue. Those who know that why August 2, 2000 Government of India and Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen talks did not see the next round would tell that the talks were sabotaged from within. Twelve years down the line, things have changed a lot, but the mindset of keeping the pot boiling is persisting. Separatists, though fragmented, are intelligent enough to read the mindset of the mainstream parties, their successes and failures, and it is not without a reason that they have joined the chorus against the power outages in Kashmir. Here, while it is their plus that they have started talking about the day to day difficulties of the people in Kashmir, their blinkered vision doesn’t allow them to see how the peoples in other parts of the state are suffering. They have reduced themselves, like the mainstream parties, to the mohalla level politics, devoid of vision. The mainstream parties, too have lost their vision, if they ever had one.
For the past 65 years- of course PDP is only going to be 13 next month- no mainstream party, not even the Awami National Conference, which would sing a duet with Congress in 1984-1986, “ Sov saal pehle muje tum se payar tha, aaj bhi hai or kal bhee rahega” ( I loved you yesterday, love you today and will continue to love for ever). But that love did not see second week of March of 1986. This was just a glimpse of the ways vows were broken and absence of vision was confined to few resolutions and murky debates, leaving the commoners puzzled.
With existing players, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Sheikh Nazir and Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, and PDP with father-daughter duo comparing their records in service of the state ( this service comes only when they are in power, and when they play role of opposition, the service gets reduced to hollow slogans). But now there is no clear dividing line. It all is blurred. At times, it is not known as to which party is playing whose role. Now Congress has come to the fore, without setting its own house in order, it is breast beating over the lack of development, inordinate delay in transferring the powers to the panchayats. Those who are speaking and saying that peace is imperative for development and economy- a self introspection would reveal it to them that they were the ones who destroyed peace in Kashmir. It is time for them to listen to commoners and reach out to separatists, without involving Rs. 15 lakh per month interlocutors, to devise a vision that would encompass all the problems and deliver a solution as well. Today electricity is not be seen and it is evoking protests - the 1987 protests also had started against the power shortage. The rest is history.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Jun 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 26 Jun 2012 00:00:00 IST
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