In an effort to seek a tangible solution to the ongoing Kashmir crisis, the three word proclamation made emphatically and explicitly by the Home Minister of India in Srinagar during a meeting with Chief Minister; Jamooriyat, Insaniyat and Kashmiriyat as the basis of dialogue between the stakeholders in Kashmir and New Delhi, apparently sounds empathetic for the agonized people of Kashmir.
It might have infused renewed hopes here but the big question remains that how do they define it in terms of engagement with the Kashmiri leadership to reach an everlasting solution of this seven decades old dispute? A concise explanation of the meaning of these three words, within the ambit of which the Home minister of India is proposing the dialogue, to be soon envisaged, is perceptibly not clear from its context, since Insaniyat aur Kashmiriyat Ke Daire mein (Within the ambit of Humanity and sense of belonging to Kashmir) has been heard even before this, at some occasions, with no flexibility shown for out of box solution to this issue.
The adamancy and their adherence to the refusal to address Kashmir problem unconventionally outside the ambit of constitution is on records, that actually derails the process of dialogue on Kashmir even before it could start. The resistance leadership in Kashmir has always been averse to such talks. Is talking democracy, humanity and Kashmiriyat synonymous to talking within the ambit of constitution? Does it mean to make the dialogue conditional once again? Only time will reveal.
The past experience bears testimony to the fact that whenever Kashmir unrest gained impetus and the public uprising made New Delhi to feel the heat, the government authorities eventually recollected these words in order to pacify the situation only to remain non-committal in future. The former Indian leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee's much hyped Kashmir policy of Insaniyat Ke Daire mein never received a push to progress from his successors.
The political statement involving these sympathizing words were also heard from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti too appears to have taken political refuge under this policy slogan, recently. However the words are not well understood here in Kashmir. In fact the vexed Kashmir dispute needs a result oriented dialogue that could be outreached on the values of democracy, humanitarian appeal and due regard to the feeling of belonging to Kashmir, denying which the problem leaves us all where we start from. If a political interface between the stake holders does not focus on the bedrock of cause of this vexed issue, well known to all, the formula of three words, democracy, Humanity and Kashmiriyat would become misnomer.
If talking Jammoriyat means to them, the electoral democracy and people's right to franchise in order to elect a representative legislative assembly and the Government thereof, then it is already in vogue and more importantly that the election process has failed to address the Kashmir issue. Electioneering for state assembly has been taking place over the past 70 years, sometimes free and fair and sometimes coerced, with the result of Kashmir dispute being there at the centre of all affairs without a solution. The elections have utterly failed to come up as an alternative. Talking of humanity should be aimed at taking into consideration the toll of human causalities and bloodshed that Kashmir conflict has witnessed due to mammoth security operations from time to time.
Calamitously, every house in Kashmir narrates a sordid tale of torment and pain. All measures less than what people of Kashmir have been aspiring for, would be construed as cosmetic. The sense of belonging to Kashmir in India has never been the same as the sense of belonging to Maharashtra or Punjab. There has always been a strong perception of the sense of no-belonging in Kashmir, owing to coercion, use of force and disregard. During rendezvous with many of my friends both elderly ox