By Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui for Times Headline.com
Kashmir has been synonymous with heaven on earth for many centuries. But, not anymore! Thanks to the repressive policies of the Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kashmir has not seen a peaceful sunset for more than a month now. Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mahbooba Mufti is a mere pawn in the hands of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS), which is ruling the Kashmir valley through its pracharak- turned- politician Ram Madhav.
The pathetic results of this Hindutva dispensation are there for all to see. The Central ministers speak in different tones in New Delhi and in Srinagar. Some ministers exceed their brief and speak out of turn regardless of their portfolio. A glaring example is that of the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley , who used tough language on the Kashmir issue.
It would have been better for Arun Jaitley to concentrate on how to put the Kashmiri economy back on rails having suffered a loss of more than Rs 6,000 crores during the current period of unrest. Tourism has seen the slide in significant terms. The Kashmiri youth is jobless. It adds to the current woes in the valley. Confidence building measures and a decline in the cycle of violence should be the immediate priority of the central and state governments.
Process of Dialogue
Though the process of dialogue is initiated during the second visit of the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the results are to be seen and felt on the ground.
Where is the guarantee that Rajnath Singh will not change the tune for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is in election mode in Uttar Pradesh? The double speak of the BJP and the U-turns of BJP on issues of national importance have been the bane of Indian politics.
The pellets and the bullets have compounded the Kashmiri imbroglio. How does one explain the ‘accidental firing’ on couple in their 70s? More than 67 people have lost their lives. More than 4,500 security forces are injured. There can be democratic means of protest and stone pelting at our own security forces will only embolden the enemy across our border to create more trouble in the valley. The security forces should exercise more restraint as the youth are misguided. Violence is not the answer to violence.
Pellet Gun or Not ?
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be blind to the Kashmiri plight. Why did he not act earlier to stop the pellet menace? The use of pellets have blinded many youth and children. The assurance of the Home Minister Rajnath Singh that an alternative to pellets is being discussed is a good sign. The idea to appoint a Nodal Officer to help Kashmiris in distress across the country is a welcome step. The Kashmiri youth should on their part should stop stone pelting and look forward to building their future and be a part of the success story of India.
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