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Injustice to Jammu & Strategic naivety in Kashmir?
M.M. Khajooria6/26/2019 11:28:30 PM
Today while browsing through my old documents, I came across an open letter written to the All parties Parliamentary delegation that visited Jammu and Kashmir state in September 2010. The delegation was in Jammu on 24th of that month.
Prior to the formal meeting with them to which I was invited, I thought it prudent to write to them a letter so as to advise them in some detail about the contours of the issue from the perspective of people of Jammu. The main thrust, as may be seen was on the step-motherly, deceptive and callous policy pursued by successive governments in Delhi towards the patriotic Dogras. Each one of them stooped low to exploit their nationalistic commitments. This was considered necessary as the delegation was slated to meet a large number of representatives of political parties as well as some selected members of the civil society. The interaction was therefore bound to be brief , repetitive and superficial.
The perusal of the Open letter reproduced below will make it abundantly clear that the governments in Delhi have been merely fire fighting. To compound the tragedy those in power in Jammu/ Srinagar especially after the Indra-Abdullah accord fallowed the permissive route in respect of secessionists resulting in gathering of the terrorist storm that exploded over the valley of Kashmir in 1989.
To put it mildly, despite professing great concern for the Decades old trouble in Kashmir , the powers that be have been found unable or unwilling to effectively respond to the changing dimensions of the Terrorist-Pakistan combine thrust that caused unprecedented bloodshed shed and mayhem .
In my letter of 24th September, 2010 I wrote:
"I feel privileged to welcome you to the land of Dogra Warriors, the citadel of peace, harmony and patriotism. We hope this visit signifies the end of the humiliating policy of treating Jammu as a door mat to enter the drawing room of Kashmir and denying the people of Jammu their legitimate status as a necessary party(to the Kashmir tangle) and thus entitled to be heard in the event of any form of dialogue.
We are deeply concerned about the ongoing cycle of violence in parts of Kashmir valley contrived to achieve the nefarious design of securing de -accession of Jammu & Kashmir from the mother land. It also causes us immense pain and anger that young boys many of them not even of age of consent were being motivated, enticed, cajoled and provoked into forming riotous groups to mount assaults on security forces and their installations. They were armed with stones/ bricks secured, transported, carried as head loads/ back loads and strategically stored for distribution. Such well planned, organized and synchronized confrontations, inevitably lead to use of force by the security forces resulting in causalities .
It has to be understood that though the triggers were pulled by men in uniform in the performance of their duty the real perpetrators were conspirators, the organizers of the so called "Quit Kashmir movement". and their collaborators . The security force personnel were authorized and in fact required to use force to control/ disperses the riotous crowds. The justification of the quantum of force used, however was a matter of inquiry which routinely fallowed the use of fire arms against unarmed though violent crowds . If anyone had exceeded authority or used excessive force, the law will take its own course.
The above position has been submitted in some detail because the tactical formulation as part of Public Perception Management was confined to a scene in which innocent boys were "merely casting stones only to be shot down by trigger happy occupation army of India". You are no doubt aware of the grand success of Public Perception Management by Pakistan embracing some blocs of our people in the country. Locally ,It is illustrated by a press interview with a boy of less than ten years who was quoted as saying "We stone them because they kill us". See the extent of distortion. The facts have been turned on the head The truth is that in each and every case the assault was directed to be mounted by the crowd . The truth was that the security forces were compelled to use force because they were attacked . The paper had also carried the photograph of a militant (rendered inactive due to some injury) who daily ran a class motivating children "to throw Indians out of Kashmir. This is just a sample of the net work promoting Talibanisation in Kashmir. So please remember what we are witnessing is not protests by "angry young men "against unemployment or governance deficit but exploitation of a vulnerable segment of Gen- next by the old fading fundamentalist leadership playing last gamble casting our innocent excitable and gullible young men as pawns in their diabolical secessionist chess. Game. Also kindly bear in mind that vast majority of young boys and girls out there are fretting and fuming as their studies were interrupted, career prospects disrupted and academic calendars thrown out of gear. A good number of them look forward to a place under the sun in the fast growing vibrant global economy .They were aware of India's leap towards the goal of becoming an economic super power.
The vast majority of rural youth were unresponsive to the Diktat of Geelani and his ilk . Even the majority of people joining protests were driven by anger against the killing of young boys. They have nothing to do with Ali Shah Geelani "grand project. Of throwing India out of Kashmir.
The ongoing mischief in Kashmir is not a peoples' movement.
It is elitist in character, inspired from across LOC comprising of a committed fundamentalist , violent noisy minority backed by terrorist outfits and supported by a segments of media , academia and former Bureaucrats "
That was in 2010. What is the position in 2019?
As for as Jammu is concerned nothing has changed. In fact, the BJP-PDP government and the Agenda of Alliance that formed its bed-rock not only was demonstratively anti-Jammu but also trashed every thing that the BJP stood for. However, after the circumstances compelled the party in power In Delhi to walk out of the inherently untenable unholy coalition due to electoral compulsions favorable noises have been heard. Even these are infected with confusion and contradictions. We will have to wait and see where they actually go from here. In the meantime, Jammu must girdle its lions to fight for its rights nay its very survival.
Now, what are the fundamentals of the Kashmir tangle? And what changes have taken place in their character and composition?
The story of Pak Jihad in Kashmir began with the Tribal invasion of 1947 officered and equipped by Pak army. The invasion was resisted by the people of Kashmir and repulsed by the Indian army. Since then the Jihad in Kashmir underwent many turns an twists. Most notable amongst these were the plugging of Jihad in Kashmir to Taliban upsurge in Afghanistan by Gen. Zia-ul-Haq significantly with the connivance of US CIA and lately its embrace by elements ideologically driven by Wahhabi/ Salfi Allah, Rasool and Khalifate.as propounde by Ahil Hadeesh who have been making waves in Kashmir under the patronage of terrorist Gun and fed by huge funding from Saudees and their cohorts .Ahil-I- Hadees also control mosques lending the theocratic face and public platform. BY now ISISI and Al Queda have formally launched their outfits in Kashmir as well as in the country.
Jihadees not only manage 'Madarsas' but also effectively control the entire state Education system. They draw maximum mileage from Girls Schools and colleges thereby enabling Jihadees to infect families and generations of boys and girls. On the political front also we have lost out as even mainstream political parties practice, what has come to be termed as' soft separatism'
On the positive side we have done extremely well on the operational front Most of the terrorist commanders have been eliminated, The shelf life of fresh recruits has been significantly reduced .However, the euphoria for fresh recruitment to Jihadi outfits continues unabated.
Terrorists strategically mobilize women and youngsters as an extension of resistance to security forces OPS. This occasionally results in civilian fatal causalities causing local public outrage and adverse international reaction. To put it bluntly, almost exclusive concentration on ops and taking solace from number of terrorists eliminated amounts to nothing more than firefighting that smacks of strategic naivity.
The seventy years old mischief emanates from our neighborhood. Pakistan is the father mother and wet nurse combined of terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir, Her political and military leadership publically declare that Kashmir is her Jugular vein without which that country can not survive. The current strategy , obviously is not the recipe to vanquish the Jihad emanating from our neighborhood, which country treats it as the matter of its very survival. Moreover the Jihad in Kashmir has come to be ideologically driven parented to global Islamist terror commanded by the likes of Abu Bakar -AL -Bagdadi .When will we review and update our strategy to counter this lethal multi-dimensional terrorist onslaught in Jammu & Kashmir?
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