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Raj Kumar Makkad (Adv P & H High Court Chandigarh)     04 September 2010

J & K is an integral Par of India

All-Party Hurriyat Conference hardliner Syed Ali Geelani's 'pre-conditions' for talks with the Union Government deserve to be trashed with the contempt they deserve: If conceded, these demands will amount to handing over Jammu & Kashmir to the separatists who will then happily deliver it into Pakistan's hands. This is not an alarmist view, given Mr Geelani's unabashed desire for Islamabad's rule in the State. So, as a first step in that direction, he has demanded complete demilitarisation of the region and New Delhi's acceptance of the 'Kashmir issue' as an international dispute. Considering the fact that the military is not deployed in the Valley — it has occasionally conducted a flag march in recent times to control violence — but stationed along the Line of Control, he clearly wants the Army to facilitate Pakistan's takeover of the region by vacating its strategic positions. Mr Geelani also wants Central forces, deployed to assist the local police in maintaining law and order, to be withdrawn. This can happen only when he and those like him stop their disruptive activities, desist from imposing 'protest calendars' and refrain from instigating civilians to resort to violence. It is ironical that the Hurriyat hawk should blame the security forces for the violence that has wracked the Valley for three months, since it is his frequent calls to defy curfew and take to the streets, apart from his support to stone-pelting mobs, that has resulted in untamed violence, resulting in the death of men and women, and widespread arson. In sharp contrast, the local police and the CRPF have exercised restraint in the face of grave provocation. No less laughable is Mr Geelani's demand that the Union Government should officially acknowledge the 'Kashmir issue' as an international dispute: What purpose can there be to this condition other than to legitimise Pakistan's involvement in what is an internal matter of India? If the pro-Pakistan separatist leader who takes instructions from Islamabad is indeed pained by the violence in the Valley — as he claims he is — he would not have put forward impossible demands but sought a dialogue with the Union Government on a workable solution. He could have called off his disruptive calendar of violent protests and shut-downs to begin with as a goodwill gesture, and then expected the Union Government to come up with solutions to resolve grievances. Obviously peace in the Valley is not what the hardliner wants. His purpose is better served if there is continuing unrest and discontent.

In any case, there is no point in talking to the Hurriyat hardliner since he desires a solution outside the framework of the Constitution and one that will compromise the nation's territorial integrity. The Government must tap the moderate leadership in the State that is willing to work towards a resolution and has the support of the people. Unfortunately, the moderate leaders, instead of standing up to the rabble-rousers, have chosen to remain absent from the political landscape. The vast majority in the Kashmir Valley is neither enamoured of the separatists nor interested in its vile agenda. It is this section of the people which must make its voice heard above the raucous cry for "azadi". Mr Geelani does not really matter.



 5 Replies

Krishna Shankar (Manager/Law Student)     04 September 2010

Once Rajiv Gandhi had said to Pak that J&K is not an issue, It is ours.

Democratic Indian (n/a)     09 September 2010

But we also need to do introspection of our own souls, where have we gone wrong during the last 60+ years. Do we need to continue with that same wrong further? During 1947 when Kashmir was raided by Pakistani razaakars, it is the same people of Kashmir who were guiding the Indian forces and telling them the whereabouts of razaakars. Today the very same people are defying curfew, throwing stones and facing bullets in return. What is driving them to such an alienation? Something is definitely not correct somewhere. We have to realize a hard fact that any country in world can suppress people by bayonet temporarily but cannot sit on it permanently. Just denying that the problem does not exist and blaming outside forces is nothing but treachery with our own selves and the nation.

Awash in corruption amid pervasive poverty, the Congress Party, after years of virtually uninterrupted rule, could never come up with one unifying idea that would bind the many different strands of Indian society together and rope in fractious minorities. We have rebellion in JK, we have rebellion in North East, we have Maost rebellion in Central India. We have effective rebellion in two thirds of this country. Our Constitution is not something written on stone. MPs have amended the constitution many times to suit their purpose. Why can't they amended it to find a solution to these problems of rebellion and insurgency to save the future of our country?

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     09 September 2010

J&K has been mishandled by our short sighted rulers since beginning, instead of taking long term concrete drastic step, they always have taken palliative measures. Situation is going out of control, but it is better late than never, we must take drastic step, if we want to save it from any kind of disaster.

Democratic Indian (n/a)     10 September 2010

I disagree with the view that "drastic" steps are needed. If I am not wrong, I assume you mean violent and inhuman steps. Because of these kind of steps the situation has become worse. Otherwise why the people who were supporting Indian army in 1947 are now defying curfew, throwing stones and facing death? Atleast we all know by experience the of behaviour of Police with us in rest of the India. They basically know 2 things: kill or torture. This is exactly they are doing in Kashmir. What is needed is justice and not extra-judicial killings like that are also happening in rest of the country. If our justice delivery is not upto the mark, let us correct it.

Kanaksinh P.Boda (Educationist/Lawyer)     17 September 2010

Every Indian is paying through nose for keeping peace in Kashmir. It must end somehere. A lot more problems like poverty, curbing rising prises, etc. are awaiting to be attended. The peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue will definitely relieve a common man from bearing this most unproductive burden. And this includes every common man in Kashmir too. Hope that the prudence will preveil on all the sides playing their role in the matter in the interest of the country.

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