The political affairs in Jammu and Kashmir have seen continuous somersaults. First there was the political dispensation of different ideological currents which ruled the state for more than three years and which proved to be determinantal to national interests. The alliance partners prepared together a coalition doctrine which was named as agenda of alliance. This AoA weakened the stand of nationalistic forces in the state as it was another surrogate attempt by subversive forces to rule the state and nurture their separatist constituencies. The inherent contradictions between the coalition made the BJP leadership to rethink their strategy, which resulted in pulling the plug on the coalition without giving any warning to PDP. This was considered as a welcome step by the nationalist forces of the state. This realization dawned in BJP a little late when it felt its electoral base in Jammu and Ladakh division is getting erased due to continuation of this alliance. The vote to BJP was to strengthen the nationalist forces in the state and halt the subversive politics of valley based political parties which were holding hostage the other two divisions of state to valley based Muslim hegemony. The other important political reasons were the Rasna Case and Roshni Act. Both of these were considered to create a communal back clash in Jammu region which would had led to the serious consequences.
The imposition of Governor’s rule has been seen as harbinger of corruption free atmosphere. Governor Satya Pal Malik acted with alacrity when he dissolved the state assemble when three ideological different political parties wanted to form the new government in state. These valley based political formations were desperate to control the levers of administration as they felt that continuation of Governor’s rule will keep them away from power and pelf. Such a dispensation if allowed to form the government would had been a disaster for the state, as it would not had represented the aspirations of people of Jammu and Ladakh and would had further fueled alienation in these two peaceful regions. At the same time Governor is reaching out to the people of all the three regions. He has pruned the administration and has appointed well-meaning bureaucrats under him to manage the state of affairs. The general perception in the state is that the new team under the Governor is responsive and sensitive to the needs of the people. However, the main challenge being faced by the Governor shall be to eradicate the scourge of corruption, nepotism and non-performance from the state admiration. Recently, in an interview to national channel the Governor has emphasized to continue to work in this direction. How far Muslim bureaucracy in state will allow him to work on these issues is much to be seen in coming days.
The month of November has been a great success for our security forces as almost 40 terrorists were eliminated in counter terror operations. So far this year has seen 222 terrorists been killed which is highest number since 2009. The strong and reliable network of intelligence sleuths and local agencies have resulted in actionable results against the terrorists. The success of security forces needs to be further augmented by deradicalization process. The success of security forces shall get offset unless strong measures are not taken to deradicalize the valley where it has penetrated in folk lore, marriage songs and among playing kids. Strong counter narrative with secular and nationalistic doctrine need to be introduced so that radical elements are challenged, and their ideology defeated.
Terror State Pakistan recently has been offering olive branches to India for resumption of peace talks with it. The opening of Kartarpur corridor for Sikh pilgrim’s is a bait in this direction. The fact is that Evil State Pakistan over the years is getting globally isolated with its sponsorship of terrorism towards both Afghanistan and India. The new government under Imran Khan is also facing a worst economic crisis in its chequered history. Pakistan is neck deep in debt with economic crisis as its foreign reserves can last only for few months. There is denial of much sought after US and European aid. To make matters worse its all-weather friend China has also not provided any succor. Therefore, Pakistan is pushing India to negotiation table with a purpose of bailing it out from its current economic mess. Pakistan government wants to show to the world that they are working for peace in the region and this they believe shall enable them to secure IMF loans. So all this peace initiatives have only sole purpose of getting out from the crisis. However, with opening of Kartarpur corridor the Kashmiri Pandit voices have also become stronger for opening of Sharda Peeth Shrine on the banks of Kishan Ganga across LOC in POK. Both NC and PDP have endorsed this corridor with a sole motive at their back end to push GOI towards negotiations. To this effect the former CM Mehbooba Mufti has also written a letter to Prime Minister Modi to facilitate the pilgrimage. However, it is pertinent to mention that in her letter to PM, Mehbooba has mentioned PAK (Pakistan Administered Kashmir) instead of POK. The question arises that is not she deliberately indulging in diluting Indian stand on J&K? Is she not legalizing Pakistani grab of POK? and isn’t she indulging in Indian foreign policy matters? Aren’t few among us allow being used by such elements ? We must not forget that larger questions before community is reversal of Kashmiri Pandit genocide. Cross border terrorism cannot be subordinated to Sharda pilgrimage as this terrorism has destabilized the peace in Kashmir besides enforcing ethnic cleansing on Kashmiri Pandits. The nationalist Kashmiri Pandit community must be watchful of the mechanizations of Pakistan and its over ground supporters in valley.
Sunil Raina Rajanaka