Politics, diplomacy and leadership are three different faculties. Some of these arts like leadership are a god given gift while as diplomacy and Politics are taught in schools and universities. At the same time none of these crafts is an art of bluffing. Despite the fact the three are interlinked but the triplets have different roles to play. Once an attempt is made to superimpose one on the other there is confusion and chaos. That is what happens in Asian type of democracy. We try to play 'three in one' with the result we lose the track. This sort of arrangement was applicable in feudal system of governance wherein the ruler's word was the law and hence a binding. Perhaps our psyche is still a hostage to monarchial system of governance leading to, 'Man Ki Baat.' etc; etc. Playing with words does not make you a politician or a philosopher. We need to remember Gandhi preached what he believed. That is why India has made its place worldwide.
We should have no reasons to doubt the intentions of all party delegation that arrived in Kashmir on the fourth of September 2016. But anybody can question the style of their modus operandi. Under the prevailing circumstances when scores have been martyred and thousands injured it is obvious that situation continues to be inflammable. At the same time when there is extreme degree of trust deficit (for genuine reasons) a delegation from Delhi is bound to be seen as a mission to have come to add fuel to the fire. Provocative and misleading statements like 5% and 95% are just bizarre like the one that Kashmiri leadership is bereft of Insanyat and Jamhooryat. Such rhetoric is bound to rebound and derail the remote chances of any peace process.
It is also a fact that the new incumbents in Indian politics may be unaware of the political history of J&K. For their clarification they need to take a lead from Dr.Karan Singh's address to Indian Parliament wherein he tried to clear the confusion regarding the merger and a conditional accession of the state with the Indian union. In order to move forwards the delegation ought to have taken a lead from there rather than harp on the oratory of 'Atoot-UNG', that is too pungent for the masses in J&K. Secondly in order to gain the confidence of the other party for a successful dialogue you have to respect the sentiments of each other and come forward with an olive branch. There is nothing like an 'open offer' for anybody in a dialogue process-that tantamount to hypocrisy and nothing else. To begin with the delegation ought to have gone into the interlocutors report and study the J&K assembly resolution for a stepping stone. Since the assignment was a toothless tiger the fall out of the all party delegation visit has resulted into a counterproductive press gag and brutal accesses by the security forces. Accusing your neighbors of terrorism at international level and then to find excuses to be a part of their social functions will always be read as a double speak. Our politicians need to take a lesson from the facts that despite so much of terrorism worldwide 'responsible nations' have never blamed Islam or Muslims for this endemic tomfoolery . International community has always held the opinion that there are good people and bad people in every community. That is why people from all over the world migrate to these developed countries where there is no ban on your choice of food or religious faith.
People in power need to understand that J&K is sandwiched between two nuclear powers and any further mishandling in the present explosive global scenario can lead to a holocaust .
The columnist is the author of, 'Kashmir in search of peace.'