Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Jun 2018 10:46:08

THAT the Government has declined to extend ceasefire that it has had greed to implement during the month of Ramzan in Jammu and Kashmir, is the most logical step to take in the given situation. To that extent, Union Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh is right when he insists that the Government is free from its promise of peace during Ramzan when the militants and stone-pelters did not show any respect for the Government’s measure. The Home Minister’s implied statement makes clear sense that if one side is not willing to adhere to peace, then the other side is left with no option but to be willing to respond similarly.

The lobby of political and social leaders of Kashmir that asked for ceasefire during Ramzan must have realised how the terrorist and separatist lobbies, including political class led by no less a person than Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, used them as a tool of emotional blackmail of the Government. Driven by intrinsic desire to have peace in Kashmir, the Centre, too, agreed to experiment with ceasefire. Most unfortunately, the experiment bombed because of the obstinate conduct of terrorists and separatists, thus shrinking the options before the Government.

What hurt the common Indians most was the way the separatists and terrorists conducted themselves during Ramzan. They did not mind armed assault on innocent people as well as security personnel. They did not mind engaging youngsters to take to streets for heavy stone-pelting on security forces. They did not mind abducting Armed Forces personnel and killing them. They did not mind assaulting marriage parties. They did not mind any thing that had something to do with peace and harmony. Obviously, their purpose was only to create trouble and more trouble for the Government. Their another purpose was to push the Government to take extreme actions so as to fan more trouble in Jammu and Kashmir.

As many experts have often concluded, the separatists are following an internationally-cooked conspiracy to keep Kashmir on the boil all the time. Their intentions appear to push the State into a continuous turmoil as is experienced in many countries in the Middle East. The effort, thus, is to create an impossible-to-control situation in Kashmir so that the world’s attention is drawn to the place and thus the issue becomes an international concern. If that happens, as the separatists expect, India would lose control of Kashmir. From the day Pakistan first sent its Army regulars into Kashmir at the dawn of Independence disguised as Islamic tribals, this has been the strategy.

Initially, it did help Pakistan internationalise the issue successfully, thanks to the mistake the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru made by taking the issue to the United Nations. That India turned things in its favour through superior diplomacy and stronger moral fibre of its diplomacy, is another story. But factually, it is obvious that Pakistan is not a nation that would give up its strategy on Kashmir. For, until now, it has yielded some results in favour of Pakistan. In Ramzan month as well, the separatists had a similar approach.

Now that the Government has refused to extend ceasefire, the separatists will now shout themselves hoarse about the Government of India aborting peace prospects. This cantankerousness has been the style of separatists in Kashmir, obviously aimed at making the Government helpless and push for sterner measures that offer them opportunity to raise issues such as Human Rights violations. Yet, the Government has done well to decline extension of ceasefire. By doing so, it has expressed its resolve to give the separatists a tough response. The separatists need to be taught a lesson that they will not forget.