Abdullahs for Aazadi
"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done."
Justice Hasnain Masoodi has been able to pull the cord of conscience of National Conference President Farooq Abdullah through his column "The Last Whisper" (GK 5th Dec, 2016), where he suggested, the stand of Jammu & Kashmir National Conference must be implementation of UN resolutions for resolution of Kashmir issue and also said, "let there be no dichotomy between what is stated at Nawa-e-Subh, New Delhi and New York. There is no reason for leadership of self-determination parties and of J&K National Conference to avoid meeting and not working together for peaceful resolution of dispute". Availing the opportunity, Farooq Abdullah on the same day while speaking on 111st birth anniversary of Sheikh Muhammed Abdullah on his mausoleum at Naseem Bagh said "I am telling Hurriyat not to get divided. We stand with you (Hurriyat) and not against you, be united and take this (freedom) movement forward. We are with you". Wonderful are ways of the politicians to reinvent themselves when they have lost the political ground. Not divorcing mainstream politics and also with creditability deficit, how far Farooq Abdullah's announcement can be taken as sincere and honest?
National Conference and Abdullahs can't be separated from the Kashmir conflict, as they have been a part of the problem, though always claiming to be the part of solution demanding Plebiscite, Aazadi, and Autonomy right from Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah to Omer Abdullah. For almost last seven decades, the whole of Indian subcontinent in general and people of Jammu & Kashmir in particular are caught in the worst political turmoil, which has consumed three generations with more than a lac of people have sacrificed their lives. How we landed in this worst kind of conflict and oppression. The continued unrest has its roots in the Kashmir Conflict which is as old as the 'Conditional Accession', of which the architect was Sheikh Muhammed Abdullah though it was signed by Maharaja Hari Singh. The political discourse and the direction of the freedom struggle of people of Kashmir changed through a series of events since 1938, when Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah converted Muslim Conference in National Conference, opposed the partition plan of 3rd June 1947 of Indian Independence Act, supported Accession in favour of India and also became instrumental in persuading Pt. Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi to accede to Maharaja's request for sending the Indian Army to Kashmir in 1947 to defeat the tribal invasion. Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah opposed the UN resolution during his historical speech in UN Security Council on 5th February 1948, where he said, "if Pakistan comes forward and says, we question the legality of Accession, I am prepared to discuss……………………. We shall prove before the Security Council that Kashmir and the people of Kashmir have lawfully and constitutionally acceded to the Dominion of India, and Pakistan has no right to question that Accession" and also rejected the Dixon Plan for "Regional Plebiscite" in a meeting of Nation Conference on 27th Oct 1950. While pleading for ratification of Accession with India, Sheikh in his inaugural speech on 5th Nov 1951 in J&K Constituent Assembly, had all praises for its secular democracy and reminded the house that, "that the only powerful argument which can be advanced in favour of Accession with Pakistan is that it is a Muslim State and Jammu & Kashmir is having a big majority of Muslim population. The appeal to religion constitutes a sentimental and wrong approach to the question. Sentiment has its own place in life but often it leads to irrational action". In 1953 on the question of state – centre relationship suspicion fueled between Delhi and Sheikh when he was arrested on 9th Aug 1953. To reinvent himself with the genuine sentiments of the people, he embraced the 'United Nations Security Councils Resolutions for plebiscite', which he had himself opposed tooth & nail. After his release, in 1972, Sheikh again entered into an agreement, on 13th Nov 1974, famously known as 'Indira – Sheikh Accord' which was nothing but the surrender of 'freedom struggle' of Kashmir. Recently even Omer Abdullah while speaking in New York on 22th Oct 2016 in a conference titled "India & Pakistan's : A subcontinent affair" organized by New York University questioned the applicability of UN security resolutions and strongly pleaded, "that the solution to the problem of Jammu & Kashmir must lie within the constitution of India and constitutional relationship between Jammu & Kashmir and India and also said that the line of control (LoC) should be "de-facto" border which according to him is only "logical" and makes most sense."
As and when the Kashmir has been under International focus and a ray of hope emerges for its resolution, all the three generations of Abdullahs have acted as India's brand ambassadors' sabotaging achievement of our political aspirations. The ongoing unrest triggered by the killing of Burhan Wani, is a part of ongoing struggle for implementation of UN resolutions and holding "plebiscite" as demanded by Hurriyat Conference and Pakistan. Having opposed the UN resolutions in United Nations, and New York University, Abdullahs have no moral right to bracket themselves with "pro-freedom" Hurriyat Conference. Abdullahs, have ruled Jammu & Kashmir for more than 33 years and as and when, they are out of power in political turbulence, they raise the slogan of 'Plebiscite' 'Aazadi' and 'Autonomy' which they have never meant but used as a political trump card to exploit the public sentiments.