November 2016 News

'Our Leaders Like A Blind Rider On A Lame Horse, Don't Know Where To Take It'

11 November 2016
Greater Kashmir
Mudasir Yaqoob

Srinagar: Striking the first discordant note against the Hurriyat response to the current unrest, former Hurriyat chairman Prof Abdul Gani Lone today said that leading the freedom struggle calls for a solid strategy than 'jumping into river without knowing how to swim'. He also departed radically from the conventional Hurriyat thinking by calling on all mainstream and separatist parties to 'break the walls' and join heads to pressurize India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue. 'Our leaders are like a blind rider on a lame horse. Horse cannot run and they also don't know where to take it,' he said at the release function of his autobiography 'Beyond Me' at his residence in Jawahar Nagar. 'Our strategy is like jumping into a river. But before doing so, we don't even pause to think how to cross it'. He said that the leaders should not only be honest but also sagacious who are clear about the goal, the challenges associated with it and how to lead people there. 'Those who lead should do so in the light of a deeper and a clear understanding of what is needed to be done. He should possess the light of the vision, the light of the mind which is sharp and penetrating,' he said. 'In darkness, our heads can collide. We can lose ourselves. This is why we need leaders who can see and understand what is at stake'. Former Hurriyat chairman also questioned the authority of the 'leaders of two-member parties' to decide on behalf of the people of Kashmir. 'We have now become a community of leaders. There are now leaders for every two people. We have no common men left among us,' Bhat said in what was seen as a comment at the recent meeting of the Hurriyat with the civil society groups. Bhat said that all mainstream and separatist parties should break the walls and join heads and pass a resolution appealing to India and Pakistan to initiate a peaceful and result oriented dialogue viz-a-viz Kashmir issue. 'People of India and Pakistan also should build pressure on their governments to resolve this issue. People elect governments. An elected government cannot say people to shut mouths. It is people who elect governments. So people are sovereign and supreme powers than the elected governments,' he said, adding, 'All parties including PDP, BJP, National Conference, Congress and other leaders of recognized parties are claiming to be well wishers of people of Kashmir. If that is true, why they cannot make collective effort to end the miseries of Kashmiris?' 'I am not asking them to merge all parties to form one party. They should join heads without disbanding their own parties but only for the resolution of Kashmir issue,' he said. He added that collective soul of Kashmiris is wounded. 'We are challenging second largest democracy of world. It shows that we have courage and confidence. It can only be done by the people who have sharp minds and understanding.' He said that one of his Indian friends asked him why people of Kashmir are seeking Azadi when India is filling their pockets and stomach. 'I replied to him that India has entered into our pockets and stomach. However, it has failed to enter into the scared chambers of our heart,' he said. He said that people of Kashmir are well wishers of India, Pakistan and entire South Asia. 'India and Pakistan, both are nuclear powers. They cannot go for war. But to end the all dangers and adopt the dialogue that would lead to permanent peace in entire south Asia in the interest of all. We will support and show the both countries the way to move forward,' he said. He added that water issues between India and Pakistan would turn in dangerous confrontations in next few years, if remain unresolved. He said that he was sacked as a professor for speaking truth. 'The then authorities thought by their action I would stop speaking truth. But Allah had other plans. After that move of authorities, I rejuvenated Muslim Conference,' he said. He added that he was sacked on the grounds that 'I was threat to the security of state.' 'I was speaking truth that Kashmir issue has to be resolved and India and Pakistan must initiative dialogue to resolve it. Kashmir is issue and this truth was spoken by one of India's great Prime Ministers Jawahar Lal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. UN resolutions, Shimla and Tashkant, are evident of this truth. Everyone in the world can call Kashmir an issue but for a common Kashmir, calling it an issue is a crime,' he said. He said that India entered into the Kashmir with soar of guns, amid the claim of democracy. 'It wounded the souls of Kashmiris. But they remained silent at that time. Nehru was also a Kashmiri. He knew Kashmiris are sharp. So, he made promise in the historical Lal Chowk that people of J&K will express their political will through plebiscite,' he said. He added that Lal Chowk has witnessed promises made to people of Kashmir and blood oozing. 'We should rename it Istiqlal Chowk,' he said. He said that India and Pakistan will have to address collective soul of Kashmiris. Stressing Indian and Pakistan to devise a mechanism for result oriented talks in respect to the resolution of Kashmir issue, he said that the lingering Kashmir issue has been the main cause of tension and instability in the South Asian region and has led to armed conflicts between India and Pakistan in past causing enormous problems for the smooth and peaceful development of this region. 'We (Kashmiris) would support such a process provided both the countries take into account the aspirations and emotions of Kashmiris,' he said. He said that America is in Afghanistan and China is in Pakistan. 'If these two world's supreme powers will go for a war, both India and Pakistan will be affected and it will have also adverse affect on Kashmir issue,' he said. 'My book Beyond Me is a confession of things which I couldn't do but were doable. It is about the events upto 1986,' he said.