Of government’s demise and political crisis in Kashmir

mehbooba mufti modi

India is a land of diversity where people from different regions merge in a single Union. Jammu and Kashmir is the only northern state of India dogged with an overridden unhealthy political atmosphere which augurs ill to the tenets of democracy itself. The Political equations in the state have undergone a comprehensive transformation down the passing times.

The PDP-BJP coalition government in J&K was formed few years back based on an agenda of alliance and common minimum programme ,brushing aside the political differences of the two parties .Later, joining the baton, it was a Hobson’s choice for the coalition partners to come together on the political arena.Unfortunately,The demise of the unholy alliance surfaced on 19th of June by the revelations and salvos of Ram Madhav ,BJP’s J&K in charge ,subsequently leading to demise of the coalition government and fallout in the form of Governor’s rule.BJP has time and again called for the abrogation of article 370 which gives special status to J&K state,whereas,PDP has always been its defender down the passing phases of time.Bhartiya Janta Party, national president Amit Shah accused PDP of  governance deficit and developmental inequity in J&K so far as Jammu and Ladakh regions are concerned, which latter out rightly refuted by the latter. Meanwhile,ex-Chief Minister has recently warned New Delhi of serious repurcussions,if it tries to create divisions and ripples in the People’s Democratic Party(PDP),since , according to media reports, few rebel MLA’s were in connivance with BJP to form the government again..The pull-out off the coalition government of PDP-BJP by the alliance partner BJP is seen as a political stunt by the analysts of the politics to woo the voters in the Lok Sabha elections, 2019 in mainland of India as a polarising measure. Governor, N.N. Vohra called an all-party meeting on 22nd of June, the same day when four militants, one civilian and one cop were killed in an encounter  in J&K.

The former water resources minister and congress leader,Saifuddin Soz has recently hit the political plank and remarked that Parvez Musharaf’s formula is still relevant regarding Azadi,but that feat is not possible. Another congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in a recent interview to a national channel has said that more civilians are killed in anti-militancy operations by the security agencies than militants.Meanwhile,few media houses at the national level have tagged few intellectual Indians, like Booker prize winner Arundhati Roy,etc. who support the Kashmir cause as urban naxals and linked them with separatists, calling them as tukde tukde(Parts-parts) lobby to disintegrate India into parts in order to earn the TRP’s and appease the political bosses of the mainland India.

India and Pakistan need to shun their rigidity, egoistic clashes and face-offs for the greater good of the people of the respective countries; particularly for the suffering people of J&K.The Kashmir issue has already consumed thousands of precious lives of the common men over the years of political turmoil. The growing state of animosity between India and Pakistan is not good gesture at all. India and Pakistan need to annihilate the looming crisis through the medium of a viable-cum-meaningful dialogue and reconciliatory approach with each other, keeping in view the state of chaos and disorder in j&K.There will be no desendency of something divine to mediate thereupon so far as Kashmir issue is concerned, rather, it is the parties to the problem that have to negotiate for the redressel of the issue looming large over the Asian sub-continent. Today, the state is caught in the quagmire of a political crisis, where killings have become the order of the day. The major challenge for the governor’s office is to bring back the state towards the state of normalcy and pedestal of peace. Today, when, nobody is ready to take the baton of heading the political scene, the vital task is to dissolve the assembly for the fresh elections, till normalcy returns in the state of j&K, rather than keeping it in a state of suspended animation. The forego of BJP in the coalition government seems to be a devious plan of political motivations to create a ripple effect between one and the other to woo the nationalists.Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are three limbs of the same body, tied up altogether, which cannot be separated by the political divisions of polarising policies of a single party which augurs ill to the interests of the state itself.

The valley of Kashmir is today submerged in a sort of political waywardness. The question is not about the troika of roads, electricity and water or a law and order problem; rather, it is a political problem and requires a political solution. This is the time to move beyond the rhetoric of dialogue and show action for a permanent solution from the political bosses, lest anarchy would spin thready network of uncertainty in future.

It is the common Kashmiri man who is being killed in the enmeshed imbroglio process and victimized due to the lingering issue at stake, be it militant, army man (Lt. Colonel Fayaz, Aurangzeb, etc), or a common man.The lingering imbroglio has consumed thousands of lives since the eruption of insurgency in nineties in the state of J&K.Still, Peace eludes the state of Jammu and Kashmir.Thus,along the pedestal of wheel from ceasefire to the current state of political crisis, all is not well in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. If the same situation persists, Kashmir will move towards a state of complete anarchy.

Today, the situational turn of events have washed away the stay of peace among the masses. No one is aloof of the unwithering pain. It is rather a collective pain for which political prescriptions have failed to contain it. The political engineering of politicians seems to be a farce exercise. The ultimate question is for how long the problem of multitude will persist without any solution. People are in no hurry for the quick fix solutions; rather yearn for a permanent solution of peace, once for all.

The author has done M.Sc.(Biochemistry),B.Ed from Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi,M.A.(History) and also qualified CTET from CBSE. Previously,he was also working as a project trainee at JNU,New Delhi.He has over dozen of articles to his credit on socio-politico-economic issues and currently works in J&K, government education department.He can be reached at [email protected].


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