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There couldn’t have been a worse second for Mehbooba Mufti to insult the Indian flag. As a former chief minister who swore by the Indian Structure, she ought to by no means have stated that the Indian flag would solely be ‘allowed’ in Kashmir after ‘our flag’ is given again. However, to say this within the week that certainly one of Imran Khan’s ministers admitted in Pakistan’s parliament that the Pulwama bloodbath counted as certainly one of his prime minister’s ‘successes’ made it sound a lot worse. If there was common assist throughout India for the abrogation of Article 370 it’s as a result of up to now three a long time, we’ve got seen the Kashmir Valley develop into an enviornment for Pakistani terrorism and radical Islam.
In these three a long time the previous state of Jammu & Kashmir has been ruled by two households. The Abdullahs and the Muftis. Earlier than Mehbooba made her shameful comment, Farooq Abdullah stated one thing as offensive. He stated that Kashmir was able to throw its lot in with China if that nation might assure the restoration of Article 370. Has he heard of the Uyghur folks? Does he know that Islam is being handled in that nation as an evil ideology? Nothing that has occurred in these Hindutva occasions compares with what China has accomplished to its Muslims.
Remarks of this sort by two former chief ministers affirm that Article 370 needed to go. It served largely to mislead far too many Kashmiris to think about themselves as not likely Indian. After I heard Mehbooba say what she did it introduced again reminiscences of way back holidays in Kashmir after we would get offended by extraordinary Kashmiris asking if we had ‘come from India’. Politicians who painting themselves as ‘pro-Indian’ might not have actively inspired folks to assume this fashion however they did too little to cease them. And, they did a lot too little to cease radical Islamic concepts from spreading throughout the Valley.
When the ‘azaadi’ motion started on the finish of the eighties and younger Kashmiris went throughout the border to be educated in terrorism why was so little accomplished to cease them from returning? When violent younger males wandered about Srinagar forcing the closure of cinemas, liquor retailers and bars why have been they not arrested? Twice such issues occurred earlier than my eyes. As soon as once I noticed radical Islamist youths march right into a liquor store and begin smashing bottles whereas the proprietor of the store cowered in silence. The second time was within the Broadway Lodge the place whereas lunching within the restaurant I noticed two bearded males stroll into the bar and order it closed. Why have been this stuff allowed to occur? Why did no one do something when younger ladies had acid thrown at them in the event that they got here out in public with out a hijab?
Why did these leaders who now speak so aggressively towards India not present as a lot aggression in warning extraordinary Kashmiris that there was by no means going to be ‘azaadi’? The reality is that there by no means was any probability of ‘azaadi’ and there’s a lot much less probability right now than ever due to an rising revulsion towards the form of Islam that teaches younger males to behead folks within the identify of Allah. So, if there was as soon as sympathy outdoors India for Kashmir’s motion for ‘azaadi’ it has died.
My private view is that the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370 has been badly dealt with. As a substitute of months of curfew and Web denial there ought to have been a severe effort on the highest ranges of the Indian authorities to achieve out to Kashmiris and persuade them that they stood to profit from what has occurred. Narendra Modi’s Kashmir coverage shall be counted as a depressing failure if he doesn’t convey peace and normalcy to the Valley so if the calls for of leaders like Farooq and Mehbooba are cheap they are going to be met.
As a substitute of demanding the restoration of Article 370 they need to demand that statehood be restored instantly. It was a mistake to demote the previous state of Jammu & Kashmir right into a union territory within the first place, as a result of now the Dwelling Ministry in Delhi has to take full accountability for the terrorist violence that appears to worsen by the day. From all accounts the Valley has been become a police state with troopers and policemen at each nook so why does the violence proceed? Final week three younger BJP employees have been killed by jihadist teams that proceed to stay shadowy and extremely harmful. Why do they proceed to function?
At a political degree, failures are as obtrusive in Srinagar as they’re in Delhi. Kashmiri politicians have come collectively in a Gupkar Declaration grouping to allow them to demand the restoration of Kashmir’s particular standing. Can they not see that it is a highway that may lead nowhere? All that shall be achieved is that extraordinary Kashmiris shall be misled as soon as extra into believing in that dream of independence that was all the time only a dream. If these political leaders care about Kashmir then they need to be making extra sensible calls for.
They need to focus their energies on demanding what they’ll get as an alternative of losing time on attempting to revive Article 370. India can’t afford to permit an Islamist state inside her borders and that is what Kashmir had develop into. Wrongly or rightly most Indians consider this occurred due to the shelter that Article 370 offered.
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