Mad-race Between Separatist Leadership In Kashmir22 November 2010
Srinagar: When the street sentiment erupted in Kashmir in June this year, hard-line separatist Sayed Ali Geelani leader quickly jumped in without wasting any time in taking up the stewardship and spearheaded five months long agitation leaving Mirwaiz Umer Farooq with fingers crossed. As the causality- driven and the sentiment- driven agitation fizzled out steadily, Geelani chose to steal a leaf again when Mirwaiz, in response to Iranian spiritual head Ayatullah Khamenaie’s statement calling upon Muslim fraternity to demonstrate their unflinching support to Kashmir cause, contemplated to meet Muslim Ambassadors in New Delhi to garner their support. Geelani on Monday, hurriedly issued a statement and sought to jump over the programs chalked out earlier by Mirwaiz, in his bid to narrow down the political space of moderate Hurriyat leader. Realizing that a fatigue element is eating into the vitals of his protest calendars, Geelani is now drawing satisfaction over his fresh strategy by which a strike call a week can keep his leadership at centre stage. But on the other hand frightened by well- thought-out strategy of Mirwaiz on diplomatic front, Geelani wants to keep on his claim to spearhead the resistance in Kashmir. Though political observers here are tight-lipped on this latest race of point- scoring between the two factions of Hurriyat, the common man in valley could easily understand the dynamics of separatist politics. Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik who have been emphasising the need for garnering international support and chalk out their course of action accordingly, Sayed Ali Geelani a strong believer of resistance from within, has wittingly jumped in to overtake the chief cleric in meeting diplomats at New-Delhi. During the recent unrest which claimed more than 110 lives, Mirwaiz consistently sought intervention of world bodies like OIC and other organizations in resolution of Kashmir issue. Going by the statements and the meetings he had with foreign diplomats during the five months unrest, it was quite expected that Mirwaiz may embark on meeting ambassadors in New-Delhi during the winter months, Geelani after feeling uncomfortable with public response to his calenders found no alternative but to steal the leaf from the political bible of Mirwaiz. However, for the laymen, both the senior separatist leaders are in search of a justifiable statement to leave the valley to avoid chilling winters. ‘We know both of them can not remain here during winters and they need an excuse to leave the valley, so Mirwaiz Sahib took a lead in justifying his outstay while as Geelani Sahib, as usual tried to overtake, said Muhammad Younis, a shopkeeper in Srinagar. Rizwan, a university Scholar believes, what matters, is how well they plead the case in diplomatic circles, doesn’t matter if they are afraid of the chilling winters of Kashmir. Muhammad Farooq, a teacher in Political Science says, “ I never believe in statements being issued from time to time by the World bodies like UN and OIC, they keeping changing colours like chameleons and the political economy of each and every World body or forum is supreme for them. “So if a statement comes in favour of Kashmir cause, it suites them in a given scenario, tomorrow, the scenario will change and so the statement of that particular World-body or country for that matter” Farooq said adding that we should neither be annoyed by a negative statement nor should we celebrate any favourable one, it will keep going. Men may come and men may go, but Kashmir issue will go for ever, Farooq said.