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Votes from Jammu-Ladakh, talks with Kashmir
Not learning lessons from past mistakes
6/27/2019 12:34:01 AM
Early Times Report
Jammu, June 26: The Narendra Modi-led NDA Government is, it seems, ready for dialogue with Pakistan agents in Kashmir and once again ignore the suffering people of Jammu and Ladakh. J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik that publicly said on June 22, in the presence of two Union Ministers, including one from Jammu, that Hurriyat was ready for talks and it was a good sign.
"Things are much better than when I came here. Look at the Hurriyat, Ram Vilas Paswan stood at their door and they didn't open the door. Now they are ready for talks," Malik said at a Doordarshan event in Srinagar. He also made it clear that there won't be any lowering of the guard: "We do not feel good at all about young men dying. We are interested in bringing them back and Centre is thinking about this. However, when a bullet is fired, one cannot respond to that with bouquets. A bullet will be responded to with a bullet by General Sahib."
The very next day, Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq responded: "I can tell you that if meaningful talks are initiated, there will be a positive response. Dialogue is the only way and that is our consistent stand."
The powers-that-be in New Delhi and Raj Bhawan, however, would do well to not harbour any illusions either about the magnitude and complexity of the problem or about the intentions of Hurriyat: the magnitude and complexity are enormous, and the intentions are scarcely honorable, notwithstanding the rhetoric on "peaceful resolution of the issue."
It is strange that the BJP, which sought mandate in Jammu and Ladakh, against the politics of Pakistan, separatism, autonomy and self-rule being played in the Valley by the Hurriyat, the NC and the PDP, has not learned any lesson from the mistakes it itself and the Congress committed between 1947 and June 18, 2018. Instead of appreciating the 2019 mandate, the BJP appears to be following the Nehruvian line overlooking all dangerous ramifications.
The 2019 mandate was very clear. It was for the state's complete integration into India and isolation of the Hurriyat, the NC and the PDP. The BJP got 46. 5 per cent votes from Jammu and Ladakh and won all the three seats not for a dialogue with the Pakistani agents and those who rid Kashmir of all non-Muslims in 1990 and who had perpetrated injustice after injustice on Jammu and Ladakh. It was also not a mandate for talks with those parties in Kashmir, including the NC and the PDP, which together couldn't poll even 10 per cent of the total votes polled in the just held general election. It was a mandate for taking into consideration the overall national needs in the state and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Ladakh, the state's two largest regions and the nation's backbone in the state.
In any case, the question to be asked is: Dialogue on what? Does the BJP, like Pakistan and Kashmiri leaders of all hues, consider J&K a disputed territory? J&K is not a disputed territory. The BJP needs to abandon the path of destruction and recognize the ground realities in the state. The ground realities are: Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are three distinct regions; there is nothing that is common between Kashmir and Jammu and between Ladakh and Kashmir; any move on the part of New Delhi to impose the Kashmir's separatist will on Jammu and Ladakh will provoke political explosions in Jammu and Ladakh. The BJP needs to accept that reorganization of the state is the only option available to New Delhi and the sooner it recognizes it, the better.
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