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FM Jaitley exposes nature of separatist movement in Kashmir
News Analysis
9/25/2017 10:53:06 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Sept 25: Senior BJP leader and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is one leader who remained associated with Jammu & Kashmir for years and virtually shaped and guided the BJP's policy towards this border state. He is considered an expert in the Jammu & Kashmir affairs.
On Sunday, Jaitley came down heavily on Kashmiri secessionists. He accused secessionists of converting the political movement into an Islamic movement and gave the nation to understand that it had to be dealt with as such. "Hardline Islamist movements such as Wahabism have dislocated Sufism from Kashmir, where the demand for political autonomy has now emerged as an Islamist movement," said Arun Jaitley while speaking at a national seminar on "Integral Humanism-Indian Way of Attaining Sustainable Development". The seminar was organized by a RSS think-tank, the Deen Dayal Upadhayay Research Institute, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Culture, which is headed by a BJP Minister.
Expressing deep concern over the rise of Wahabism/Salafism and orthodox ideology, which now dominates the Valley's political and religious scene, Jaitley asserted that there has been a churning in the Islamic forces that has made a forceful worldwide appearance.
"This churning since the last 15-20 years has had some impact in India as well, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, in the secessionist movement in the state. In the Kashmir Valley that was a centre of Sufism, Wahabism has replaced it," he was quoted as saying.
Not just this, Jaitley also expressed concern over what he said "a convergence between the 'IS-like elements and the ultra Left", which was 'manifest in the anti-India sloganeering' on Jawaharlal Nehru Univ-ersity's campus in 2016".
"The JNU incident was a convergence between these two (ultra Left and IS)…and you can see it in many places. I am stressing on it because the ideology that Deen Dayal Upadhyaya stood for or we represent is being opposed by the ideology that is a convergence of these two," Jaitley emphatically said.
He said the alliance between the IS and the ultra Left posed a threat to the country, as their whole programme was to weaken India and promote their own hate-India ideological agenda. "There are many examples of this convergence, which is making attempts to lay down an ideological agenda. There is an attempt by this converged alliance to make this country a weak and helpless state…"
Arun Jaitley bemoaned.
Reflecting on the Kashmir situation, Arun Jaitley said: "There has been a school of thought that whenever there is an encounter of a terrorist not in the country, but in the disturbed areas such as Manipur or Kashmir and if any officer of the armed forces is involved then there should be a trial against him…Make them helpless…"
It is for the first time in years that a senior BJP leader-cum-senior BJP minister has said that the ongoing movement in Kashmir was not of political nature but of a religious nature.
Arun Jaitley terming the ongoing movement an "Islamic movement" was a big statement and it should make Kashmiri leaders review their whole stand on it and create conditions conducive for the growth of democratic ethos in the Valley.
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