whose baby

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Aug 2018 14:10:09

WHOSE baby is Jammu and Kashmir? It is time we asked this question in the loudest possible manner. Afterall, whose baby is Kashmir? Who is going to stand responsible for whatever is happening in that troubled State? Who should be blamed for killing of three policemen -- in prayer mode -- right on the holy day of Eid? Who should be blamed for waving of the Pakistani and ISIS flags during protests on Eid? These questions must be asked, and we are doing that job. 

True, the Government is responsible for not just Kashmir but the whole of India. But then, is it not the fundamental and bounden duty of the politicians of Kashmir also to take care of their state in a nationalistic manner? And who is going to tell the protesters that they are not serving any Islamic cause when they wave Pakistani flags on Eid?

These issues have not cropped up anew in Kashmir. Much to the contrary, these issues have been troubling the national conscience for ages. For, the news from Jammu and Kashmir has been certainly saddening and angering and disgusting not just today but for years on end. After analysing the situation threadbare, we have now come to a serious and unwavering conclusion that the political community in Kashmir should be held fully responsible for the mess in the State that was once called the Crown Jewel of India.

Most members of this political community, barring a few exceptions, have nurtured separatism as part of what they describe as their political compulsion. They are the ones who have kept aside nationalistic ideals and ignored the national interest to a dangerous extent. And that is also the reason why they don’t even pause and grieve for a moment that some anti-national elements wave Pakistani flags and ISIS flags on the day of Eid. This shamelessness, this insensitivity, have now become an integral part of Kashmir’s political narrative.

That is the reason why so many elements got angry with former Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah just because he shouted the slogan Bharat Mata Ki Jai at a condolence meeting for former Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee. What kind of politics is this that prevents people from shouting Bharat Mata Ki Jai slogan? But this happens in our country because some elements trigger the issue every now and then. These elements do not want patriotic slogans to be raised. These elements do not want to allow the Surya Namaskar exercise.

They do not want to sing Vande Mataram as they allege it indicates Hinduism. And this is the actual problem in our so called secular democracy. According to that definition, shouting Bharat Mata Ki Jai or singing Vande Mataram should never be done since, as per their dirty definition, they smack Hindutva.

If Hindutva is such an anathema to these elements, then why should Islam be also an anathema to secular democracy? Today, we feel compelled to raise this question because we are disturbed by the continual demonstration of anti-national sentiment in Kashmir as well as in some other parts of the country by some elements. Our purpose is not to promote an ideology in favour of any particular religion. Yet, we are compelled to raise the issue because of our secular beliefs.

We have arrived at a conclusion after years of serious and deep thought about Kashmir that the situation there has been spoiled almost beyond redemption by some sections of the political community in the State. The Centre has been trying its best to rectify things in Kashmir, but only to little avail. With a new Governor -- Mr. Satya Pal Malik -- now in place, let us hope that the situation in Kashmir will improve with time. Let us hope, Kashmir’s political community learns its lessons well and fast.