The way ahead
Kashmir has to find answers to its own problems
Kashmir and America are set apart by thousands of miles. There, hardly can be any comparison between the two. America has rediscovered itself, Kashmir has not Kashmir. It may be said without fear of contradiction that Kashmir has been let down by India and Pakistan who have not ceased playing games with the people here. The Valley and its people have to find their own hills and climb them, to show their strength and that has to be spotlighted with the brightness it deserves. It can no longer afford to be an isolated island, where peace and violence play hide and seek with each other. Peace is paramount, that fact has been widely recognized by the people, but at the same time, a fear lurks that this momentary peace can be taken away from them, any moment and any second.
First of all, it has to look within to find out where it stands and where its icons are? All these questions have been overlooked and that has taken its toll. There is an emotional outburst on one side and the fire fighting measures are used to bring about semblance of order, which can transform into a disorder with a single word and sentence. To deploy police and paramilitary forces and imposition of curfew can be counted as short-term measures. These short-term approaches and the long term approaches are talked about but those are never accessed and never attempted by any one. This ad-hoc approach has been the bane of Kashmir and there is no one coming forward to challenge that.
Kashmir is not America. It is a part of an emerging superpower and that too at the fringes of its borders Pakistan would not like India to ever become a member of the United States Security Council or to ever see this country of 1.2 billion as a shining star on the horizon. The ground reality of the day is that geographically that Kashmir, most of it is with India, Pakistan is causing harm to Kashmir and Kashmiris as well Pakistan has fought three and a half wars over Kashmir since 1947 and has been unable to annex Kashmir - this is the argument of many in India, who day in and day-out talk of “Kashmir being an integral part of India”. In their view Kashmir’s prosperity and growth are being hampered by Pakistan, while Islamabad, which finds itself in the quagmire of its own home grown terrorism, where mosques and markets are bombed, leave aside the attacks on the army, navy and air force camps, feels that Kashmir is part of its unfinished agenda. It is not regretting as much the loss of East Pakistan ( now Bangladesh” as much its failure to find a foothold in Kashmir. Again, it can be said that Punjab dominated Pakistan is least interested in anything else that the territory of Kashmir and its vast resources. Its claim of offering “ moral, diplomatic and political support to the cause of Kashmir”, is just a ploy. Most of the people in Kashmir know it very well and that’s why Pakistan’s claims are not taken as seriously now as the case used to be more than two decades ago.
Pakistan has embarked on an interventionist adventure. This temptation, it has learnt from the United States of America that intervention is the best thing to do. The U S applied, as if it was a super cop of the world in many places, ranging from Somalia to Afghanistan and Iraq and it is contemplating to do something disastrous to the nuclear facilities of North Korea and Iran. With its resources, built during the time of Cold War when “ Mujhadeen” were fighting the Soviet troops in Afghanistan, Pakistan diverted those to Kashmir, particularly when it found that there were takers of its arms, and ammunition within the Valley, disillusioned with the system on many counts. There is no need to explain – what happened in Kashmir over the six decades, particularly since 1990s- is so crystal clear to the people of Kashmir, whose number may stagger between 600,000 to 700,000, but they are one of the most intelligent and vastly politically aware lot on this planet. They know what is best for them. Leave the things to them.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST
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