To heal Kashmir, send Geelani to his homeland

To heal Kashmir, send Geelani to his homeland

By M.D. Nalapat | 9 July, 2016
Syed Ali Shah Geelani
According to the Muftis and the Abdullahs, the Wahhabis are the only segment of J&K society that need ‘healing’.

Let it be admitted that this columnist was from the start averse to the BJP joining hands with the PDP to form a government in Jammu & Kashmir. Instead of securing a few puny ministerships, had the party opted to be in the opposition and allowed a combination of the PDP, the National Conference and the Congress party to take over in Srinagar, very soon public opinion would have turned against such an alliance, and in the mid-term elections that would almost certainly follow, the BJP may have secured just enough seats in Kashmir to come to power on its own. With every year that passes, the attractiveness of Pakistan as an alternative to Indian statehood is getting reduced, so much so that apart from Syed Ali Shah Geelani and a few others loyal to the salt which nourishes them, most of those whose occupation it is to protest against the rest of India, work on the basis the desirable option is a level of autonomy sufficient to ensure total Wahhabisation. Such individuals are not satisfied with the partial Wahhabisation that has been implemented in Jammu & Kashmir since the Congress party allowed Sheikh Abdullah in 1947 to take over as Prime Minister, later on being turfed out, but thereafter displacing secular predecessors, who, had they continued, would have ensured the extinguishing of the unreal hope that the state could, through unrest or rebellion, win an overwhelmingly Wahhabised governance structure that would be independent of the Central government in every particular barring the formal.

Unfortunately for the people of the state and for the rest of the country, the 15% or so of the population that are partial or total Wahhabis is the only segment taken into account by both the media as well as the Central government. Of course, such a disastrous concession to a fundamentally undemocratic group has since been justified on the grounds first of “secularism” and now on the grounds of “pragmatism”. The BJP argues that its presence in the state government ensures that the state “does not slip into anarchy”. The Ministry of Home Affairs, which is historically known for neglecting societal sores until they turn cancerous, apparently believes that the presence of a BJP Deputy Chief Minister and miscellaneous ministers from the party is sufficient to ensure that Srinagar keep to the path of fealty to the Constitution of India. The MHA has, therefore, outsourced to J&K BJP ministers its job of ensuring adherence within the ruling structure of Kashmir to the political and governance principles ensuring the unity of this country. This despite the fact that from the start, these necessary principles have been ignored by the Wahhabis and their backers within the inner recesses of the governance mechanism of the state. Despite having only a slightly higher number of seats than the BJP, the PDP has arrogated to itself about 90% of the effective powers of the state government, of course in the name of “secularism” and “pragmatism”. Such an abdication of responsibility by the country’s ruling party would, it was calculated, “heal tensions and cool down passions”. In fact, the reverse has taken place.

According to the Muftis and the Abdullahs, the Wahhabis are the only segment of J&K society that need “healing”. The fact is that it is the rest of the population which has been ravaged by this medieval force, and which needs the sympathetic attention and “healing”, which till now has been denied by successive governments that have competed with each other to grovel at the doors of the Wahhabi grandees. None of these seem to do any work barring periodic calls to create chaos, although all of whom seem to be very well off, with the Income-Tax authorities clearly not looking their way. More than verbal tributes to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, what is needed is to ensure that the warnings of that prescient leader be taken seriously and at least some of his prescriptions get followed in Jammu & Kashmir, especially autonomy from Srinagar for Jammu and Ladakh. It is striking that the many politicians who swear by secularism seem oblivious of the fact that the principle has been absent in J&K since Jawaharlal Nehru decided that even accession to India was less important than ensuring the primacy of Sheikh Abdullah over the state. Indira Gandhi persisted with her father’s policy of coddling the Sheikh, while Rajiv briefly rebelled against one wing of the family, that led by Farooq Abdullah, in the process supporting a closet Wahhabi, G.M. Shah, who accelerated the process that saw the state plunging into terror within years of his rule. The Muftis too believe that the only segment that needs coddling is the Wahhabi fringe. Such persistent appeasement of a fringe should be halted. Instead, what is needed is to put on a flight to Lahore sans passport Geelani and those who swear loyalty to Pakistan. Such firmness may cause short-term problems but in the longer term, it will ensure the stability and secularism in Kashmir that has been denied the state till now because of a consistent policy of appeasing the fringe at the cost of the bulk of the population of the state.


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There is just one difference between the Muftis and Abdullahs on the one hand and the Geelanis on the other. While Geelanis are openly pro-Pakistani, the Muftis and Abdullahs are closeted ones.

Time has come to divide J & K in to three states. Jammu and Ladakh have no issues.Why should they suffer? Muslims in valley should be allowed to elect their own govt that swears allegiance to Indian constitution.If it does not, army should take over


Kashmir Muslim of Pakistan occupied Kshmir(PoK) have been brutally tortured, suppressed/oppressed having no voice what so over for demanding their basic needs, denied the basic democratic values/rights to protests , forcefully radicalized and trained as terrorists through nefarious design of Pakistan Army/ISI/ Mr Hafeez Sayeed. POK's huge Land is being used for nurturing young/adolescent Kashmiri terrorists through radicalization / emotional blackmailing by terrorists mastermind like Mr Hafeez sayeed with an eye to snatch Kashmir land from India. POK land is being further earmarked for Chinese by Pak Army /ISI for building roads that will help these terrorist mastermind Hafeez sayeed to wage proxy war against India. In view of this criminal atrocities/human right violation in PoK by Pak Army/ISI , PoK Muslims are the poorest among the poor in Pakistan and thus have no courage/voice to stage agitation there ins spite of barbarism of Pak army. Hindus in PoK have been wiped out completely by Pak Army . In view of this fact, no Kashmir Muslim from India ever likes to settle or infiltrate to horrible PoK. Whereas, the Kashmir Muslims in Indian part of Kashmir are more prosperous and have been more pampered / developed by Indian govt. . They are adequately given aids/support, democratic values , liberty and security by Indian govt. not only within Indian Kashmir but also in every other part of India, even more than other Indian citizens do deserve. Hafeez sayeed and ISI/Pak Army are using such liberal situation in Indian part of Kashmir to exploit the young Indian Kashmir boys to convert them into terrorists through radicalization/emotional blackmailing and train them by Pak based terrorists, being frequently infiltrated to Indian Kashmir by Pak Army/ISI, in order to wage a proxy war against India to snatch Indian Kashmir from India in most inhuman way by hook or crook. Under this backdrop, these Hafeez sayeed trained Kashmir terrorists are even killing and driving away the peace loving Indian Hindus from even Indian Kashmir. No other Country in the world than India , even being 80% Hindu majority country, can bear this pain of absolving such atrocities meted out to them by notorious pak Army/ISI In view of some Pakistan sponsored Indian Kashmir separatist leaders considers Indian Kashmir to be part of Pakistan, people of Indian Kashmir are suffering from the spate of terrorism and violence in Kashmir in similar fashion of regular occurrence of killinngs and violence in every cities of Pakistan. Do the Indian kashmir separatists leader like that the kashmir people of India would continue to suffer from violence and terrorism as has been suffered by each pakistani in each pakitsan cities? Giving safe heaven to terrorists masterminds like Bin Laden, Hafeez Sayeed, and other Taliban leaders by Pak Army/ISI clearly gives the reflection that state violence/ radical terrorism / breeding of terrorists is the state policy of Pakistan. Hence, in order to bring peace in south Asian region, UN security council /USA/France/Russia/UK should seriously think to have NATO forces/UN Peace Keeping Forces stationed in Pakistan, rather than in Afghanistan, to thwart the nefarious effort of breeding and exporting of terrorism by Pak Army/ISI to other south Asian countries like India, Iran, Afghanisthan and Bangladesh.

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