The Kashmir conundrum

Opposition parties have been taking pot shots at the Narendra Modi government over the Jammu & Kashmir issue. The Congress and the DMK have not stopped complaining about the re-organisation of the erstwhile State which had been encumbered by its special status.They are insistent, contrary to the ground reality, that all people in J&K are up in arms against the Central government’s move. Preventive detention of some politician sand potential troublemakers has made these partiessee red and cryhoarse about the alleged brutal repression of a hapless people. Going by reports on social media, the people of the nation appear to have welcomed the government’s move.

Contradictory reactions from within the Congress Party against the Government’s bold step has brought into the open the lesions that had appeared in that party following its traumatic losses in two back-to-back parliamentary elections. On his part, Rahul Gandhi dubbed the exercise “undemocratic and unconstitutional” without substantiating his charges. The DMK went to the extent of asking that the President’s assent to the bill that had already been passed by both Houses of Parliament be put “on hold”. To crown that party’s approach to the issue, a party spokesman made an audacious statement in a national TV programme that J&K was not an integral part of India! Such is the lack of understanding of the issue among Opposition parties.

It is evident that forces inimical to a strong India are working overtime to discredit the government for correcting a historical wrong. A terribly upset Pakistan that has failed to whip up outrage in the international community has found allies and supporters within India.

A larger conspiracy to push through an Akhand Bharat is openly suggested. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called the recent development as the tip of an iceberg of a larger plan against his country. He has spoken of India’s plan to appropriate his country’s territory in a move akin to Adolf Hitler’s military adventure for a Lebensraum. Neither the UN nor any of the major global powers have taken his wild claims seriously. Nor has any of them shown an inclination to become a mediator in what has been universally acknowledged as a bilateral issue with India categorically ruling out mediation as an option.

After taking hasty steps of ending trade and cultural links with India and lowering the level of diplomatic relations, Pakistan finds itself a victim of a strategic miscalculation. With all the aces up its sleeve, India is in no mood to engage in talks with the largest exporter of terrorism in the region. Growing dissent and resistance to Pakistan’s authority in Balochistan and PoK is further having a debilitating effect on Pakistan, which is afflicted with a doddering economy. With no significant economic aid or financial assistance coming from any of its major global allies, and the US growing more and more restive over Pakistan’s failure to deliver on the global war on terror, Pakistan finds itself stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Despite its threat that it would go to any extent to help the people of Kashmir in their struggle for “self- determination” (a euphemism for secession from India), Pakistan is in no position to exercise the military option. Its penchant for chest-thumping and the self-delusion of military parity with India is not matched by the ability of its teetering economy to fuel its war machine. Failed military campaigns in the past have taught it a valuable lesson – that it would be foolhardy to engage in a sustained war. As such, apart from the distant thunder of a menacing war and posturing, the prospects of war are remote. The only probable hard option that Pakistan is left with is to light, off and on, a short fuse of brief incursions into the Indian territory and hope to cause demoralising damages in terms of civilian and military personnel and equipment.

India has always upstaged Pakistan in the latter’s mind games. What is more, Indian forces are much more prepared for action than at any other time in the recent past. Retribution would be in full measure with long- lasting consequences. Poised on the verge of becoming a failed state beyond redemption with implosion from within staring it in the face, Pakistan is unlikely to embark on political harakiri. It has realised that, with the Modi government in place, India will never give up on Kashmir.

Rahul Gandhi has been asking for the Union government’s permission to visit J&K, along with a delegation, to be able to talk to the detained political leaders as well as a cross-section of the people at large. There is no reason why the government should grant this request to discredited politicians who have only recently been rejected by the people in nationwide polls after one of the most vilifying political campaigns launched against a popular government. They don’t even have the people’s mandate to engage in any exercise outside the Parliament.

As regards the mainstream political leaders of J&K who are under detention, the scope of their role in the re-organised J&K at the local or national level should be subject to their acceptance of the changed reality. The abrogation of the special status accorded to the erstwhile State is irrevocable. Furthermore, “one nation, one flag and one Constitution” is the bottom line of political survival in the new India. There could be no argument on these basics. Nor should they expect soft-pedalling by India on the plea of special treatment to one of its territories in the name of autonomy. The Kashmiri people are and will continue to be as free as the people of any other part of India to settle down in J&K or migrate to any other place of their choice, pursue an economic activity of their liking and practise any religion.

(The article “The Kashmir conundrum”  published in daily newspaper “The Statesman” on 30 August, 2019)

83 thoughts on “The Kashmir conundrum

  1. Shalin Shah

    Left leader Yechury has sought court permission to visit Kashmir amid the declaration of government. Such leaders are using the occasion to incite violence and hatred among Kashmiris against India.

  2. rajeev ranjan

    Militancy in Kashmir and terrorists sent by Pakistan through the border are issues that will be tackled once J&K becomes a Union Territory. Internal security of India will improve and so will the lives of residents.

  3. Gaurav Chhabra

    Opposition parties have sided with India’s critics on Kashmir issue. They speak the language of Pakistan and want the abrogation of Article 370 to be reversed in court. This way they will lose their remaining votes too.

  4. Madhukar Reddy

    If they were so sure that kashmiris will welcome the abrogation of 370 then why did they bring the state under curfew and so many restrictions? Let people speak their heart and mind out and you will realise the truth.

  5. Anmol jain

    It will be in the best interest of all if the move of BJP is not viewed as political but as an administrative change that can improve conditions and opportunities for Kashmiri people.

  6. Neha Sharma

    Those who are concerned by the curtailment of freedoms in J&K were quiet when atrocities were being inflicted on Kashmiri Hindus who had to flee from their homeland and start a new life elsewhere. Shame.

  7. Harish Bhat

    More than 70 years and India and Pakistan could not resolve the Kashmir conflict. So many lives lost and politicians were busy using special provisions to win votes. BJP has taken the right step.

  8. Chinmay Kumar

    Let the dust settle first. At least one can say that for the timebeing there are no protests, no armed rebellions, no stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir. The disturbed area is now slowly becoming like the rest of India.

  9. Jiya khan

    Congress is only further harming its prospects by opposing government’s move on Kashmir. Already reeling under defeat and organisational failures, Congress is at a make or break point. They should be conscious.

  10. Akhil Tripathi

    Repeal of Article 370 and 35A was in the right direction. When the country has equality before law for every person on Indian soil, why should one state be allowed incentives? That defeats the logic of equality.

  11. Prashant I

    I wish to say that this article is amazing, nice written and come with approximately all important infos. I would like to see more posts like this .

  12. Midhun Darvin

    Thank you, I have just been looking for info about this subject for ages and yours is the best I have found out till now.

  13. Amit Shah

    You are very intelligent. You already know the significance in the case of this matter. You post consider numerous angles of information. Your own stuff is excellent.

  14. Siddharth K.P.

    After looking into a handful of the blog articles on your website, I seriously like your technique of writing a blog. I added it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future.

  15. Ranjan rahul

    Hi, all the time i used to check weblog posts here in the early hours in the break of day, because i enjoy to learn more and more.

  16. Sanika Gad

    I wanted to thank you for this fantastic read.. I absolutely enjoyed every bit of it. I have got you book marked to check out new stuff you post

  17. Rohit Kabdwal

    I read this article completely about the comparison of most up-to-date and preceding technologies, it is remarkable article.

  18. Archit Bansal

    I was extremely pleased to find this web site. I need to to thank you for ones time due to this wonderful read.. I definitely really liked every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to look at new information on your website.

  19. Sarath Kanth

    You ought to take part in a contest for one of the most useful blogs online. I am going to highly recommend this blog.

  20. Saran Ravindranath

    Hello there, you have done an incredible job. I will certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends.

  21. Ajay Lamba

    The site looks absolutely fantastic. Well done to all involved. Very professional & the navigation is great too. Cheers.

  22. Sahil Babbar

    Congratulations Dr Gupta in the setting up of your attractive, informative and very professional website. Well done.

  23. Anten edilbert

    What I have seen so far is brilliant and everyone involved should be congratulated. I can see me spending the rest of the evening perusing the site. Just when I thought I would like an early night.

  24. Sagar Thakur

    Great web site you have got here.. it is difficult to find high-quality writing like yours nowadays. I truly appreciate people like you. Take care..

  25. Sanjay Akhani

    Thanks for the marvelous posting. I genuinely enjoyed reading it, you are a great author. I will always bookmark your blog and will come back very soon. I want to encourage that you continue your great work,have a nice day.

  26. Vikash Bagri

    Your article will surely be a great help to a lot of people. An outstanding blend of thinking and good writing.

  27. Soumyakanti Basuthakur

    Good day. I just would like to give you a big thumbs up for your excellent information you have right here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.

  28. Rocky Gabriel

    Hello my friend. I wish to say that this article is awesome, nice written and include almost all important infos. I would like to peer extra posts like this .

  29. Santosh Deshpande

    I quite like reading an article that can make men and women think. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment.

  30. Valiathan Pillai

    Can I just say what a relief to discover someone that actually understands what they are talking about over the internet. You definitely understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More and more people really need to read this and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you aren’t more popular since you most certainly possess the gift.

  31. Ravi chahar

    Hello, its my first time to commenting any post. But I could not stop myself from commenting on reading through such a sensible piece of writing.

  32. Aman chadha

    Quality articles or reviews is the key to attract the users to go to see the web site, that is what this web page is providing.

  33. Abhishek Bagul

    Absolutely wonderful, well done everyone, what a great achievement. Here is to the future and success for everyone. Thank you all for your hard work, we know it will be ongoing and trust that you will get the appreciation and credit of putting such brilliant articles on the worldwide web. Looking forward to seeing it grow.

  34. Soumitra Halder

    Greetings. Very useful advice in this particular post. it is the little changes which will make the most important changes.Thanks for sharing.

  35. Tahir Ahmed

    Hello there. This blog post could not be written much better. Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate. He constantly kept talking about this. I will send this information to him. Fairly certain he will have a very good read. I appreciate you for sharing.

  36. Ajinkya Mali

    Hi there. I simply would like to give you a big thumbs up for your great information you have got right here on this post. I will be returning to your website for more soon.

  37. Rohn Malhotra

    I just had to drop you a line to let you know that John(My friend) and I think that the website is BRILLIANT……………………… Well done.

  38. Kush Gangar

    Fantastic put up, very informative. I wonder why the opposite experts of this sector do not understand this. You must continue your writing. I am confident, you have a huge readers base already.

  39. Sarath .k.jolly

    I recently had a good fortune of reading your article it is really well written with updated information. I will be returning here often now.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *