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Colonies for KPs: Cong, NC, separatists on same page
5/17/2016 11:46:27 PM
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JAMMU, May 17: Who says the Congress is a mainstream political party? It is the replica or an extension of separatist organizations like Hurriyat Conference and JKLF, as also a replica or an extension of semi-separatist outfits like National Conference.
Congress leader invariably speak the language the Kashmiri separatists and leaders of National Conference speak and they speak in unequivocal terms to establish their communal and pro-separatist credentials. The short point is that there is no difference whatever between what the Congress leaders and leaders of separatist outfits and of the leaders of parties like the National Conference say, advocate and vouch for.
The Kashmiri separatists and National Conference leaders have upped their ante and declared that they will not allow New Delhi and the PDP-BJP coalition government to set up colonies for the internally-displaced Kashmiri Hindus anywhere in the Valley and that if they wished to return to Kashmir, they have to live in the localities they quit in early 1990. The Congress leaders also hold the same view and oppose the idea of establishing separate or even composite colonies in the Valley.
Take, for example, what a senior Congress leader said about the talk of Kashmiri Hindu colonies in the Valley. He said in Srinagar the other day that separate or composite colonies in Kashmir are not going to solve any of the problems of migrant Kashmiri Pandits.
"I would like to suggest that such measures (setting up of colonies) are neither workable nor purposeful. The ordinary Kashmiris wish Pandit migrants back to their homes to create an atmosphere of peace and togetherness," he said in a statement, adding that the likes of actor-cum-activist Anupam Kher don't represent collective conscience of the Pandits.
To make his point, the leader invoked a fast friend of Kashmiri separatists P N Haksar. Haksar, as per him, on October 15, 1995 said: "I strenuously contended against the idea that a portion of territory of Kashmir be carved out as an exclusive home for the Pandits. Ghettos have never in human history given peace and security to its inhabitants".
Haksar never represented the general will of the Kashmiri Hindu community. He was only a Hindu in name but his heart always bled for Kashmiri separatists. He was never considered a mouthpiece of Kashmiri Hindus. But the Congress leader or others of his ilk will not appreciate this fact. They will quote those who were, and are, looked down upon by the community concerned.
Chief Justice of India Teerth Singh Thakur only hit the nail on the head when he last week reflected on the nature of J&K State and asserted that Jammu wants abrogation of Article 370 and complete integration with India, Ladakhis want Union Territory, Kashmiri Hindus want Union Territory and Kashmir stands for azadi.
The Congress leader and other Kashmiri Muslim leaders would do well to appreciate the ground realities in the state, including the age-old demand of the internally-displaced Kashmiri Hindus seeking bifurcation of Kashmir and establishment of homeland north-east of river Jhelum invested with UT. This is the only lasting solution to the problem facing the persecuted and expelled community.
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