How in essence, politics in India has been reduced merely to the battle of perceptions  

kashmir Lal Chowk 9 August 2019

In the India of today  what is passed for politics is actually nothing more than the management of perceptions which is being pursued to perfection in Kashmir. Here it is sheer rancour, malice and malevolence towards this place and its people that define how politics is supposed to be conducted in this region where even the act of speaking the truth is deemed a rebellion and used to stifle voices of reason and sanity. How else does one make sense of the deafening silence in Kashmir on this pathological obsession with inanities and utter senselessness of those in power, involving this stupidity of renaming our schools, roads and buildings in Kashmir, and that too in ‘memory” of those who nobody knows or even has heard of here in Kashmir. This is in continuation of that equally grotesque and senseless exercise of renaming more than 25 places in the last few years including the historic cities of Allahabad, Faizabad respectively as Prayagraj and Ayodhya or the Mughalsarai railway station in UP as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) station. Or take this case of the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi that was rechristened as the Arun Jaitley stadium for no great reason other than you know what – obsession with the trivial and the banal. One can imagine the same sort of fate awaiting the historic cities like Aligarh, Moradabad and many more places down the line.

In the case of Kashmir, such acts by the high and mighty are informed by what comes across as an appalling level of ignorance, especially among the current brand of leaders who seem to wallow themselves in this wishful, make believe world where they are ‘taught’ to think that “Kashmiris would be left to fend for themselves if it had not been for the benevolence of the Indian political Establishment to shower ‘goodies’ upon them, including in terms of the deployment of a massive million odd army personnel in Kashmir! And then this figment of their imagination that Kashmiris would get starved to death if India were to block supply of food and essential commodities to the valley which would result in their dream of “Azadi, Pakistan” etc. evaporate into the thin air”. Those who have followed the political developments in Kashmir, at least over the past few years would do well to recall that during the Amarnath agitation in 2008, this guy in the PMO- Jitendra Rana- had managed to enforce a complete blockade of food and other essentials from Jammu into the valley. Incidentally, this particular brand of politics played by him that had fitted perfectly well with the Sanghi worldview of politics and that is being adopted, practiced and executed by the politicians in its political outfit – the BJP – with exemplary steadfastness had endeared him to the BJP top brass that had finally landed him in his present plush position in the PMO. In any case, what these wiser than thou politicians don’t wish to acknowledge is that during that crisis and even on similar other occasions including in the ghastly aftermath of the Aug.5th betrayal of Kashmir by them, Kashmiris had not only survived but had done so with a bang by reaching out and helping each other in unprecedented ways. They would do well to know that whatever is imported into the Kashmir valley from other parts of India is not by way of an act of charity, but is procured through hard cash, hard earned money of Kashmiris, as of course it should be, unlike what we in Kashmir are made to go through even in the best of circumstances – getting peanuts in return for such things as, say electricity that we generate, and in oodles, but that most of it gets diverted to other parts of India, leaving this place high and dry for the better part of the year. This is done through brute force as it were, involving acts of arm twisting tactics by the Centre vis a vis Kashmir, including the canard spread by it that ‘Kashmiris are subsisting on the largesse doled out to them by India’. Nothing could be farther from truth.

The story does not stop there, though. The impact of such developments, especially upon the youth of Kashmir has already been too immense to ignore. Having to be confined within the four walls of their homes and without the luxury of their peers to interact with – the confinement on account of the Covid pandemic being of a recent vintage – one can imagine the trauma and mental agony that they must be going through. The serious repercussions of such a state of mind on their personality development are too many to reckon in detail which one can’t even begin to imagine. In fact, there already are too many instances of those budding young boys and girls upon whom the impact of the ubiquitous violence and the prevailing political uncertainty has extracted a huge price in the shape of them having lost their direction and the sense of purpose. The point is that the situation has been no less exacerbated by an almost total absence of justice and fair play in the system which is being run, governed, managed and manipulated by the ruthless politicians who fete themselves on the denial of justice and violation of human rights of the citizens who thus have nowhere to go to seek restoration of their dignity and honour, considering that the system has failed them roundly and completely.

The fact remains that whereas previously such acts of hamhandedness were being committed in brazen violation of the existing norms as stipulated in the rule book, the sheer perversity of those doing it now do so by seeking to sanctify such and even worse acts through the so-called ‘formal legislations’ which are sought to disempower, destabilise, deracinate and debase the society and its culture. The disgraceful exit of the Americans following a similar fate of the Soviets from Afghanistan about three decades ago should be seen as a terse lesson for those who lay greater store by the military muscle than the need to win the hearts and minds of a people through reason, reconciliation and rapprochement. The world of today is past that stage where people may be fooled into believing, and buying into the politics of hate, wickedness and vengeance under the garb of nationalism.

Prof. M. A. Sofi

Email: aminsofi@gmail.com


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  1. samir sardana says:

    What about the Kashmir Genocide ?

    Y the evisceral hate of the Kashmiris by the Hindoos ? They are not Indians by DNA,Race or Religion. Is it the white skin complex or the fact that the ancestors of the Kashmiris pillaged Hindoosthan and also raped/ravished Hindoo women and destroyed Satanic Hindoo Temples and Idols ?

    The Ruling political dispensation of India (Hindoosthan) is a front of the RSS (a quasi wanna be Nazi party).The RSS in its documented history and intellectual posits has admired and co-opted and co-owned Hitler – not merely as a Role Model – but as a Kalki Avatar – or an Avatar of Vishnoo – the Hindoo God !

    The SS part of the RSS is a lift from the Nazi SS and the “R” stands for “Rats”

    The RSS is infested by the vermins of the Brahmin/Bania/Kayastha triad – which represent the priestly and trading classes of Hindoosthan who never fought a war for their nation – but incited the same and also carried out the largest unknown genocide in History – that of the Buddhists

    The Bhagwad Gita JUSTIFIES genocide, w/o remorse,guilt and WITH DIVINE SANCTION.The Indian Military and Para Military,is a race of criminal mercenaries called Kshatriyas – who were the offspring of rapes by the Huns,Mongols,Sakas, Scythians,Persians, Parthinians,Greeks 1500-2000 years ago.They were discarded by their races and interbred and were treated as outcastes for centuries – until the Brahmins co-opted them as criminal mass murderers (around 1000 years ag Party – and who are now in Kashmir !

    Nazis are on record JUSTIFYING their actions based on the thesis of the Bhagwad Gita explained in this note.

    History Records that the Nazis were ALSO inspired by the Gita, per se,dindooohindoo

    Why the “Nazis and Hitler and Himmler”, love the Gita

    “Dindoo Hindoo Bindoo Gandoos” consider “Hitler to be a Vishnoo Avatar”

    When Krishna the Bhagvat was fed up rying to explain to “Arjuna the – why he “needed to exterminate his foes” – this was the “last attempt” in the 18th Chapter of the Gita – the logic is as under :

    Lumen Naturale 1 – There are “5 precedents to sense-perception and action”

    मूल श्लोकः
    शरीरवाङ्मनोभिर्यत्कर्म प्रारभते नरः।
    न्याय्यं वा विपरीतं वा पञ्चैते तस्य हेतवः।।18.15।।

    18.14 The locus as also the agent, the different kinds of organs, the many and distinct activities, and, the “divine is here the fifth”.

    Lumen Naturale 2 – There “5 are causes of all action” and are “independent of the mind and body dualism” of Descartes and “also the Soul “!

    मूल श्लोकः
    यस्य नाहंकृतो भावो बुद्धिर्यस्य न लिप्यते।
    हत्वापि स इमाँल्लोकान्न हन्ति न निबध्यते।।18.17।।

    18.15 For whatever action a man undertakes by his body, speech and mind, whether right or wrong,i.e., enjoined or forbidden by the Sastras, “the following five”, are its causes:

    Lumen Naturale Heart – Hence,you can “kill,murder and rape” – provided it is done with “no ego and no feelings “- for it is the “Act of the Divine” ! Just like the Nazis ! “Heil Krishna,the Bhagwat “!

    मूल श्लोकः
    अधिष्ठानं तथा कर्ता करणं च पृथग्विधम्।
    विविधाश्च पृथक्चेष्टा दैवं चैवात्र पञ्चमम्।।18.14।।

    18.17 He who has not the “feeling of egoism”, whose intellect is not tainted, he does not kill, nor does he become bound-“even by killing these creatures” !

    Genocide comes naturally to the RSS ! The verses quoted by ISIS are mostly in the Hadeeths ! But the Hindoo version of ISIS is far more sophisticated and detailed in abhorrent minutae – in the SCRIPTURE (akin to the Quran). It is a duty of the Hindoo fanatics (RSS) to carry out genocide and the white man is easily fooled by the supine,servile,menial,heathen and perfidious culture, mannerisms and sophisry of the Hindoo fanatics (RSS) !

    I present the rationalisation and justification of genocide by the Hindoo fanatics (RSS) – which explains the wanton genocide in Kashmir by the Indian State ! ISIS has a natural bond with Hindoos fanatics (RSS)

    Sample 1 – Death to those that reject Vedas

    This deceptive vision shall wholly beguile the Daityas,so that, being led astray from the path of the Vedas, they “may be put to death”; for all gods, demons, or others, who shall be ” opposed to the authority of the Veda,shall perish by my might”, whilst exercised for the preservation of the world. .Vishnu Purana 3:17

    Sample 2 – Killing Atheists and Kaffirs

    Rig Veda 1:174:8 These thine old deeds new bards have sung, O Indra. Thou conqueredst, boundest many tribes for ever.Like castles thou hast “crushed the godless races”, and bowed the godless scorner’s deadly weapon.
    Rig Veda 3:24:1. AGNI, subdue opposing bands, and drive our enemies away.Invincible,”slay godless foes” give splendour to the worshipper.
    Atharva Veda 11:2:23 Homage be paid him with ten Sakvari verses who stands established in the air’s mid-region, “slaying non-sacrificing God-despisers”!
    Rig Veda 6:25:9 So urge our hosts together in the combats: “yield up the godless bands”, that fight against us.