Peaceful Resolution Of J&K Needed

12 July 2014
Kashmir Times
Wali Mohammad Sheikh

Srinagar: Stagnant waters over a long period of time tend to become a puddle of stinking muddy water unless it is purified of its mud, silt, sand, weeds and other obnoxious ingredients. The analogy is true with the rusted politics unless it is made rid of stereotype approach and changed into a vibrant one by the dynamic, visionary, progressive and result oriented political leaders. The rare opportunity was therefore provided by the insightful electorate of J&K with the hope of bringing about refreshing change in the otherwise political puddle. The PDP president and Parliament member following her recent election as a visionary, progressive realistic and pragmatic leader has called for a special parliament session on Kashmir to settle the political imbroglio and has, therefore, appealed the Indian ruling leadership to take on board all the stakeholders inside and outside for the purpose. Her appeal may also be in the context of having realized the fact that no persuasive or coercive tactics by previous Indian leadership through decades to woo the people politically has so far worked successfully as a result of which peace is evading in J&K which is essentially the prerequisite for political, economic, social and cultural development. Well begun is half done. In its manifesto the BJP- NDA has promised the return of Kashmiri Pandits to Kashmir valley. They have indeed suffered a lot in the last more than two decades outside their homeland as much as Kashmiri Muslims have suffered in their homeland in terms of absence of peace in the valley in particular and J&K in general. There is no doubt that they are very much eager to return to the valley but not at the cost of peace. They very much know that peace has not as yet been established and have, therefore, begun to demand a separate homeland with union territory status within valley. This demand has already been raised by Ladakh. Tomorrow other communities may raise such an undesirable demand which ultimately is disastrous for the unity and integrity of the J&K state. The suit may follow in other states especially in other North Eastern states as an unfavorable offshoot if the trend in J&K is encouraged. In order to seek the regional cooperation the Indian leadership in Mr. Narendra Modi invited all the seven SAARC heads in its oath taking ceremony who by their symbolic gestures showed their solidarity with his sentiments to work shoulder to shoulder in order to promote their mutual trade and economic interest .However, such a cooperation is possible when there is peace in the region which is, however, conspicuous by its absence because of the absence of peace in J&K owing to its non political resolution for several decades. Regional cooperation is, therefore, essentially dependent on peace in valley. The ostrich like attitude for vote bank politics played by the previous regimes in Congress over the political problem of Kashmir for decades worsened the situation though paradoxically the dialogue between India and Pakistan continued sometimes uninterruptedly and sometimes interruptedly. Besides all mainstream parties not to speak of separatist parties either in nuanced or open way raised the demand for resolution of the political problem of Kashmir in particular and J&K in general. In Kashmir valley presence of huge military with draconian legislations in place to safeguard their interests and to curb the democratic dissent of the people hampers prospects of peace. If peace had been established either persuasively or coercively in J&K especially in valley the resolutions passed in the UN Security Council for political resolution of J&K would have automatically got invalidated and no mutual recriminations between India and Pakistan would carry weight at the forum of International organization as and when the session is held there annually. The present Indian political leadership in its election campaign at Jammu had promised to resolve the political imbroglio within 'Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyat Kay Daairay Main' which essentially means that the problem would be solved outside the parameters of Indian constitution unlike the refrain of the previous regimes that political resolution is possible within Indian constitution apparently to deceive the gullible people of India. It is hoped that Narendra Modi should walk his talk and that the PDP leadership would pursue the matter to its logical conclusion so that peace is restored through political resolution.