The modern world is not based on justice and fair play. Violence is more widespread, perpetrated by both state and non-state actors. Both are justifying it on one pretext or the other. While state has propaganda machinery at its back to undo the harm done to its reputation due to the excesses done by it, the rebels have to face the brunt. The laws and legislations provide humane face to the atrocities done by the authorities while the same proves detrimental to its opponents for the same actions performed by them. Both of them work for their dominance under the definite agenda and have a constituency, nonetheless big or small, to which it is appealing.
If we slightly prod a little and look into the world affairs we will come to know about its ugly underbelly. The current world order is heavily guarded and any effort to amend it is mercilessly masqueraded. Be it democratically elected President of Egypt Mohammad Morsi or the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain, plethora of excuses would be postulated to eradicate them from the scene. The unwritten rules will be altered for none. Every attempt to challenge it will be put down with heavy hand. Erdogan, the popular Turkish president after the recent failed coup, learned it hard way, although the member of an elite security alliance NATO. Any deviation from the set standards would unwarrantedly attract reprisal through overt or covert means.
The unlawful activities which do not pose any threat to this structure are easily overlooked. This can well be gauged from the world response evoked by the actions of Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina or Egypt's Al-Sisi. No harm has yet been done to the despot like Bashar Al-Asad, who in such a short span of time has annihilated through macabre means the large chunk of Syria's population. Similarly the dance of death has not been stopped after the decades of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is roughly estimated that the war machinery of the secularist forces has from the beginning of the twenty-first century killed some 87.5 million people. This by no stretch of imagination would be consisting of combatants only. The non-combatants particularly women and children form the major chunk of this now-non-existent human race.
Muslim world which is mostly at the receiving end lacks a cohesive strategy to combat this onslaught. Almost every member of the 57-member Islamic confederation OIC is engaged in limited war with the other country. Majority of them are authoritarian monarchies continuously clearing the junk their mindless actions create in their backyard. Saudi Arabia which was supposed to play a leadership role among them has unwittingly entangled themselves in the strife lead by the Houthi rebels in its neighbourhood Yemen. The end of this proxy war with Iran is nowhere in sight with Saudis bombing the strongholds of its opponents indistinguishably. It has also played a spoilsport between the 'brotherly relationship' of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan after the later rejected former's request for assistance in this fight. It is in this backdrop that Pakistan failed to evolve any response from OIC for long time regarding the current Kashmir crisis although periodically nudging it to do so. Ironically Saudis also chided it by inching closer to its arch-rival India for no other obvious reasons.
This entire scenario and the foul relationship of Pakistan with other world powers like Europe and America has taken a toll on us. Pakistan has for all purposes now been replaced by India in the scheme of things the west has shaped in this region. The recent reprimand from US to Pakistan came in the shape of its denying the $30 million security aid and calling off the deal on the sale of F-16 jets at the eleventh hour. This was further exacerbated by strongly lobbying in favour of India for its NSG membership. The 'all weather' friend of Pakistan China came to their rescue as they are not in favour of having any other parallel power in their neighbourhood. In order to bring this affair to equilibrium they are investing hugely in CPEC. This, however, is not going to have any good impact on our cause as China for all their principles has non-interventionist approach towards the world conflicts. They are not going to fish in troubled waters unless they are not directly affected. Their solidarity with Pakistan would only be limited to guard its sovereignty that also in their own interest.
What actually, under current circumstances, is going to help us is the internal support among the intelligentsia of mainland India. If we are successful in galvanising their support it would, in every aspect, do us more good. They, for the sake of ethics, would crusade for the upholding of our rights and mould the opinion of the general masses in our favour. It would be difficult for any political dispensation to be at loggerheads with its own constituency. But for every practical purpose this is not going to happen in near future as the current dispensation is right-wing extremist in nature. They draw their power and popularity from the hollow rhetoric. Accusing and abusing everybody and everything which shows any kind of lenience towards Kashmir is their time-tested political gimmick. In fact they hide their failures under this jingoistic facade.
So the prudence lies in formulating our strategy which is long-lasting and least exhausting. Either we have to wait for the world order to change or we have to persistently register our protest through peaceful means till Indian civil society sympathises with our plight and acknowledges our efforts. Both these assumptions are time consuming tactics. Hence we need to reenergise ourselves and keep constantly trying our luck simultaneously taking all the necessary measures for living a successful life.
(Author is PG in Mass Communication & Journalism, University of Kashmir)