5 Cs we need
As the Union Home Minister concludes his Kashmir visit, transcending the overused and abused cliché of Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat aur Insaniyat he has coined a new theory of 5Cs that probably will provide a lasting solution to Kashmir problem.
As the Union Home Minister concludes his Kashmir visit, transcending the overused and abused cliché of Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat aur Insaniyat he has coined a new theory of 5Cs that probably will provide a lasting solution to Kashmir problem. It is heart warming to see a union minister belonging to right wing extremist political party talking of humanism and foresightedness. However his previous visits and tall claims of solution saw no good as the actions of his own government and few of his right wing associates have contributed in scaling down the efforts undertaken by him. The personal touch and warmth was seen to evaporate as this exercise of open hearts and minds ceases whenever the ball reaches in New Delhi's court.
Home Minister's 5Cs prima facie seem fascinating and lot of back end exercise seems to have been done to coin these metaphorical terms to amuse the audience. However the 5 Cs that Kashmir actually wants are a little varying and goes as follows.
Courage : Courage of acceptance that a lot of follies have been committed in the past while handling Kashmir. This includes systematic and gradual weakening of the special status and series of broken promises. The mainstream parties were neglected and their political voice was crushed thus eroding goodwill gained over these years. Courage is also needed in reaching out to the people unconditionally with fair intent.
Conviction: The Government of India essentially needs to infuse conviction in their efforts. Conviction to attain peace at the same time addressing aspirations of Kashmir that includes safeguard of their rights and sowing seeds of confidence by honouring the people's sacrifices and creating new opportunities of job, tech and self reliance.
Consciousness: Any effort that is not backed by consciousness isn't worthy enough. The efforts undertaken by the government in strict sense should not be taken as alms or charity, as constitutionally and morally an elected government is under the oath to work for welfare of its people. Their confidence building measures also needs to backed by a conscious, to not to undermine the dignity of people, their culture, their tradition and above all their sentiments.
Credibility: Credibility is the essence of every commitment, every dialogue. The timeline of New Delhi's reach out whether in UPA's government or Modi's regime has lost all credibility in eyes of people of Kashmir as they have themselves made a mockery of sustainable dialogue. As recent as 2010, the report of government appointed interlocutors still stands nowhere. The contents of it still are unknown to public. Similarly, Modi's claims are undone by Madhav's unsolicited remarks. Whom to trust and how to trust is the question in dispute. Apparently people have been taken for a ride by those in corridors of power.
Clarity: Feeding on Vajpayee's method of reconciliation many political parties have found their political fodder. However lack of vision, political will and clarity of thought has reduced peace building to mere hollow slogans. Both the state and central governments must be clear in political negotiations. Previously where the top leadership of centre and state shared a strong relationship, they still failed Kashmir with their lack of clarity on political issues that were cardinal for peace and stability and the same is feared now.
Tailpiece : Any step limping towards peace is welcome and it is the people of Kashmir who actually welcome the leadership unconditionally with open minds and hearts, keeping aside the grudges. Now New Delhi and the regional political parties will have to take a call, whether to balm the wounds or scratch them for their political interests.
(Author is a lawyer by profession )