Unrest in Kashmir

By: Er. Kawaldeep Singh

Unrest in Kashmir 2010
-Er. Kawaldeep Singh
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We have been hearing about continuous unrest in Kashmir from past several months. People are on streets against the fraudulent encounters committed by some rotten section of Indian Armed forces. These incidents have actually created a huge hate against India as a state in common Kashmiris. With separatists leading from front, these scattered protests of contempt turned into a far spread mass-movement against state. All of this has made situations really boiling in the valley! The main concern is Security forces are using severe violence to control contempt of public and as a consequence the civilian region is being converted into a kind of battleground. The way of brutality, in which the unrest in public is being dealt with, is very dangerous for the Indian state itself as the route of suppression would only hit the integrity of state as an outcome. The specific incidents involving the killing of underage boys are highest examples of cruelty. The history has proved that the blood of innocents has power to bring down the empires. So both methodology & approach need to be mended as an immediate measure. The use of battleground artillery by mob-controlling machinery on unarmed civilians protesting for their genuine causes, which may or may not suit to state policies & interests, has to be stopped as a very first step to restore the faith of people in the state. All efforts should be made to bring out the truth behind those fraudulent encounters and every perpetrator has to be booked under the suitable clauses of law of land irrespective of one’s rank and status. Justice could only wash the stains of bloodshed. And delay in justice would only be the denial of it which would lead to more loss of trust in system. Addition to all above, there shouldn't be any opposition or ban on peaceful protests by public while humane ways have to be used to control violent situations in order to prevent state of affairs going out of control. After all our constitution has given this right of protest to all of its citizens and providing this right to Kashmiri brethren would only strengthen their faith in the constitution as well as the system. Killings of commoners equate forces to ruthless terrorists. Forces need to learn that they are there to protect the public and to restore the peace in the region and not to create the environment of terror while making the situations even worse for the nation. Mainstream politicians of the valley also have to learn that using the public unrest for their filthy power games is like playing with fire. It would only ruin the whole state of affairs in the long run. Politicians (Separatists & Mainstream), Army, Intelligence, Police, Militants, Media, everyone is there in the Kashmir for their own interests while the Common Kashmiris are

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dying, losing their beloved ones & livelihood and above all being deprived of their right to live with the safety & dignity in their own motherland. Kashmir issue is not a black and white. Its grey! The approach of targeting a specific religious group is completely flawed. What is to be pondered upon is whether this issue is that simple that can be handled & solved so easily or are we really interested to settle it one for all? Lives of Kashmiris couldn’t be linked to whether there is table-talk between India and Pakistan. It actually requires the wider involvement of civil society. But what is the mean of civil society in Kashmir’s perspective? Is it the ones who are giving the hue and cry for segregation? Or the countable ones who have taken Gun in their hands? Or the mainstream politicians who are more interested in saving their authorities? The real civil society is actually the common public which has just become the mute spectator and the sufferer while there is a clash of interests is happening between all players in the valley. Letting Kashmiris decide themselves their own future in an atmosphere of freedom and safety is the authentic solution of the issue without any pressure and muscle-game between two huge archrival nations asserting the ownership on their motherland vehemently. In this sequence of events, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh visited the Kashmir valley and issued a statement there for a new start. I welcome the Prime Minister's statement on Kashmir in which he accepted Kashmir as an issue concerned with the right of common Kashmiris to live with dignity, which finds its origin 63 years back with the independence of Indian State. He acknowledged the resent of common Kashmiris is there due to various reasons which have barred them from dignified life. PM also mentioned the taboo of autonomy in his speech. And by expressing his willingness to have this issue on table if all political parties develop a consensus on same, he has taken a newer turn in the policy. Though the condition he put for tabling the issue is completely ambiguous as none of the right wing parties would ever agree to this proposal. In his address PM also made an effort to reach to common Kashmiris. He did mention about the economic package and powerful local governance, which could otherwise, has the capability to address the various grievances of a common man struggling for the basic necessities of life in the valley, if implemented successfully in the same spirit as proposed. There are however certain voices from the valley which term it as very little and very late. This might seems true after seeing the deaths and the injuries that happened on the ground in the Kashmir. However, this is the opportunity that can be seen as a new start. May be there is very little on the table for the time being, but it could be considered as a beginning, a beginning in the right direction. It is to be accepted that any side which is serious for the resolution of this issue couldn't run from talks anymore or couldn't dictate conditions in the pre-talk phase itself. All stakeholders should have to understand that the big issues couldn't be put on discussion on the day one of the talk itself. There are various levels of modalities in which all
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stakeholders need to get involved to design the agenda of discussion. So, one need to be involved in the processes without any prejudices or diktats, considering the complex nature of the Kashmir situation; and try to resolve with involvement in peaceful and democratic manner while avoiding any kind of clash, which would otherwise only hit the life of common Kashmiris, for whose stake all parties are raising their slogans. -o-o-o-

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