Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Jammu & Kashmir - Chestnuts in the Fire




The conditions in the State of Jammu & Kashmir seem to be going out of hand, with the Union Govt. not showing any purpose in its motions. For all intents and purposes, the only plan it seems to have is to let the situation cool down and hope that eventually, it can resolve the problem by talking.





That may well happen but given the passions inflamed by the Government’s actions and inaction in the last several weeks, unless the Government has the political will and the required firmness, there is a grave danger of things taking a turn for the worse. Instead of resolving a small matter related to the facilitation of pilgrims to Amarnath, the Government may find its hands full dealing with separatist elements.





Although this may not be the time to place blame, it is necessary to have a perspective on the events. The origin of the Amarnath Shrine issue is to be found largely in the political miscalculations on the part of Congress and the apparently mindless misadventure on the part of PDP. Both the parties behaved in a very myopic way on an issue which could have been resolved by discussions in the first place without the need to turn the State into a battlefield.





As far as the Central Government is concerned, although a large part of the responsibility rests with the Home Ministry, the Amarnath issue was essentially handled as a political matter and whatever was done either by the Central Government or by the Governor on directions of the Central Government was based on political decisions. These actions badly backfired and gave an opportunity not only to other political parties but also separatist elements to jump into the fray. It also made it possible for those in Jammu to give vent to their pent-up sense of frustration and turned a relatively small matter into a larger issue.

It is only hoped that the Government would not continue to act in its blundering ways but come out with some concrete solutions on its own rather than going through the motions of obtaining ideas from political parties and other organizations. It has been suggested by many that the discussions should take place amongst the members of the civil society in Jammu as well as the Valley to work out a solution. But first, the Amarnath issue needs to be resolved peacefully. For that to happen, at least one of the parties needs to be convinced to show restraint and strive for a solution rather than strife. The larger issues which have, unfortunately, come to the fore must also be handled with extreme caution and far-sightedness.

Given the record of the Government in handling difficult situations, does it appear that it has the will and the ability to do what needs to be done? Though doubtful, in the interest of the integrity of the country, it is absolutely essential that it does act to pull the chestnuts out of the fire ignited by shortsighted actions scripted or prompted by it.

9 Comments:

At August 13, 2008, Blogger rajen nair said...

Kashmir is always a hotspot for sectarian violence but just then when it appeared that peace was returning to the troubled valley with the militant activity on low key, the Amarnath yatra land dispute flared up. It is the Sangh parivar and its political mentor BJP that is inciting violence among their Hindu fanatical followers. Everything is done keeping the election in mind superseding the national interest.

 
At August 13, 2008, Anonymous Irfan Sadiq said...

I am sorry but reader nair needs to understand and appreciate the realities.The real issue is that of the mindless actions of the J&K Govt. before it went out before facing a confidence vote and thereafter of the Governor. It was the Government's action which was done with a mind on elections.

Unless one goes to the root, one will always be lost in blaming those who are only reacting to such reckless actions by the Govt.

There is no point the common people towing the line of miscreants and keep abusing hindus. It looks like hindus are more inimical towards hindus than muslims are.

 
At August 13, 2008, Blogger sushant jha said...

Good article, but i think more than PDP the congress is responsible. If it has to loose then government over the issue, then whyn did it roll back its decision to transfer the land to Shrine board? Perhaps it was looking for the Muslim vote all over India-expecting that Muslims always vote on communal issues. In fact Congress is a party which has made Muslims more communal, whenever the community tries to come out of the controls of Maulanas, Congress encourages the fanatics.This is the real problem of India.Once we are free of Muslim fanaticism, there will not be any BJP or RSS in India.But will congress let it happen?

 
At August 13, 2008, Anonymous Nikita said...

I agree to a great extent with Jha. Only thing is that PDP precipitated the issue.

 
At August 14, 2008, Anonymous Franklin said...

AS on today the Government is still holding meetings for nothing.

 
At August 15, 2008, Blogger Meenu khare said...

Why should Sangh parivar and hindus always be called fanatic? Had it been any country with muslim majority, what plight hindus would have?

 
At August 15, 2008, Anonymous Jagannath Pradhan said...

Meenu has raised a very pertinent point. There is no easy answer but in the main, the aggressive and constant false propoganda of pseudo secular parties apparently has a big impact on the public.

 
At August 16, 2008, Anonymous Dr. Vidyut Katagade said...

I'm A TEMPORARILY BLIND, DEAF, MUTE IMBECILE BY CHOICE. YES, YOU GOT IT RIGHT. I'm A STATE GOVERNMENT SERVANT TILL DECEMBER 31,2008.
I MAY HAVE MY PERSPECTIVE, BUT CAN'T RISK EXPRESSING IT, UNLESS ONE OF YOU ADOPTS AN AGEING SINCERE, LAW-ABIDING EXTRA LARGE BADAA BABU IN UTTAR PRADESH. THEY WILL FIND A WAY TO WITHOLD MY PENSION AFTER 30 YEARS OF SERVICE. LET'S GIVE A FAIR CHANCE TO GOVERNANCE ITSELF.
I PROMISE TO RETURN ON JAN 1, 2009 WHEN NO SERVICE RULE OR CONDUCT RULE WILL BE BINDING FOR ME. I'm CERTAIN ABOUT ONE THING:
"Jammu & Kashmir- Chestnuts in fire" WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN SORTED OUT FOR GOOD. WHAT HASN'T HAPPENED FOR THE PAST 61 YEARS WOULDN'T HAPPEN IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. SO ALL OF YOU, DON'T WORK EXTRA HARD AND RESOLVE THE PROBLEM FOREVER.
WHAT WILL POOR GOVERNMENT SERVANTS DO IF ALL PROBLEMS GET AUTO-SOLUTION OR SELF-RESOLUTION?

 
At August 18, 2008, Anonymous Balwant said...

Even if they are incompetent to solve the original problem, they have acted irresponsibly to play vote bank politics for the coming elections in J&K.
Now they have messed up and created a major new problem for the country.

 

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