Yes, Malik has a point
Recently Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik expressed apprehensions about Kashmir movement digressing towards governance. He said that notion is being created that Kashmiris have accepted the defeat psychologically. He expressed dismay over the fact that it is happening at a time when more than one lakh people have sacrificed their lives for a cause.
Apprehensions expressed by Malik cannot be brushed aside as a rhetoric. He had a point and he drove it home. In the recent past Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who took over from P Chidambaram a few months ago, had stated that he wants to know “what separatists really want.” His statement had evoked a sharp response from the Valley, but Shinde’s casual approach towards Kashmir proved that there has been no change in New Delhi’s Kashmir policy. It seems policy makers in New Delhi firmly believe that people who are preaching separatism in Kashmir would one day come forward and contest the elections and that would end all the problems. It seems they don’t want to see how people participate in the funerals of militants killed in gunfights. North Kashmir’s Sopore town observed a shutdown for four consecutive days to mourn the death of six militants who were killed in an encounter, while nine persons sustained injuries in army firing while demanding the bodies of militants in south Kashmir’s Pulwama town. Malik’s argument that Kashmir movement is being diverted can hold good for a few people, but as far as the masses are concerned they have time and again proved that sentiment is very much alive and they have not accepted any defeat.
The JKLF Chairman needs to open up and identify the people whom he claims are sending signals to New Delhi that Kashmiris have given up. Someone has to come forward to infuse new life in what Malik termed as “orphaned struggle.”
As far as New Delhi is concerned one cannot expect much. Its stand on Kashmir is clear, and the recent statements of top Congress leaders about J&K being an integral part of India have made it amply clear that New Delhi is for status-quo.
Kashmiri leaders need to realize that New Delhi is not losing anything. It is Kashmiris, who suffer and have to face bullets for even staging peaceful demonstration or expressing solidarity with the slain militants. “Orphaned struggle” of Kashmiris needs a strong and united leadership not the divided lot.
At times separatists lash out at people for participating in polls and the rallies of mainstream politicians, but they need to realize that people have to survive and for that they have to approach the government only. One cannot expect people to starve till the goal is achieved. People participating in polls don’t mean that they have given up. May be New Delhi projects participation of people in polls as a referendum in its favour but policy makers know it very well it is an illusion. Had it been true New Delhi would have long ago held a plebiscite in JK and Kashmir issue would have been resolved once for all.
Separatist leaders should realize that people see a ray of hope in them and watch their every move with open eyes. Need of the hour is that separatists should rise above their personal differences and keep their egos aside so that they are able to lead the masses from the front.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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