Peace in pieces

The politics happening around us is diminishing our hope for peace

MUFTI MUBASHIR

Year 2012, was by and large peaceful, a positive   development for Omar. Tourism picked up with a new fervor. The government was trying to consolidate  the gains and to assuage  the old hawks, a cabinet reshuffle was made. The new entrants were asked to look after party affairs, in tune with general elections 2014. It is necessary to point out  that Lok Sabha elections are also scheduled to be held in 2014, Pakistan is again going to polls in 2014 to give democracy a chance to thrive.
The hanging of Afzal Guru at a time, when peace was playing hide and seek in the valley, it pushed the valley back into another cauldron of violence. It triggered of violent protests across the valley. Civil society was aghast with the manner adopted for execution of Guru. The hanging shrouded in  a cloak of secrecy is not heard of  in any democracy. Justice, equity and rule of law became the casualty.
It was followed by mysterious killing of a research student which further pushed us into a fresh cycle of violence.  With Omar to face yet another aberration of forces which again worsened the crisis and wreaked havoc in the streets of Srinagar. The killing of a research scholar is a chilling lesson for all of us that those studying in various universities in India. There is no place which can be described as a safe zone for a kashmiri Muslim.
With tourists making a bee line for their favorite destination Kashmir, peace was shattered. Cancellations of tourist bookings already pouring in,  it appears that there is a deliberate and concerted  plan which is being repeatedly experimented in the valley. The question which comes to the mind is, why should Congress government choose Feb-March for hanging Guru?
This was not enough to push peace into oblivion. Armed encounter took place and there were killings and casualties  in the heart of Srinagar. This gave the security forces much needed provocation for raining bullets on youth walking along a road in Srinagar. Was it retribution or disciplined men in uniform went berserk.
Political pundits argue that it was more to do  with coming lok sabha elections and Rahul Gandhi's entry into the parliament. It was also to neutralize the BJP who accused the UPA government of being soft on terror. If it was so, Peace in Kashmir, has no significance so far as parliamentary elections are concerned. For Omar peace is a costly commodity. His hopes have been dashed to the ground. The bustling market with tourists jostling for space was what Omar was looking forward in 2013. The role of BJP that they did not make noise about the way Afzal Guru was hanged, represents the collective national interest  of the party in power and in opposition. Doling out subsidies without establishing industries is what the policy makers think of Kashmir, they want economic subjugation, educationally backward Kashmir.


Coming back to derailing peace in kashmir, the Home department must have assessed every aspect of the aftermath of Afzal Guru hanging and also quantified the financial implications which did not outweigh national interest. The separatists have become reactionaries and lack comprehensive response strategy or do not have any policy to neutralize the feeling of being prisoners in  our own Kashmir. People of the valley are calling for peace!
(The views expressed are personal views of writer and do not represent any institution)
mmubashir@yahoo.co.in

Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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