‘Politico-Military’ Approach is No Approach, General Saahab

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A socio-political approach sounds good.

With Supreme Court of India dealing with the status of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, the overall status of Kashmir, still hangs in an abyss.

The Wazir-e-Azam of Jammu and Kashmir, recently reminded the people of Kashmir that the only benefit of the Kashmiris, as a people, lies in India. The Kashmiri Separatists have for long held on to two agendas, one being siding with Kashmir, while the other remains to form an independent nation for Kashmiris.

The ideas also has been garnering support within ranks of Pakistani establishment since partition as Kashmir remains one of the ever green contentious issue that India has been faced with.

The scenario today is about outrage and protests fomenting due to AFSPA, which has blessed the state with a woeful story of massacres and inhuman atrocities being perpetrated by the military in the valley.

The AFSPA started with the onset of militancy and war against Pandits of the valley. The AFSPA got more veracity due the support offered to the infiltrators by the Kashmiris to Pakistani militants who have actually abused the state and the government machinery there.

Today, with the information age taking strides in India, the whole of the world is talking about the grief of Kashmiris while we don’t talk about the Anti-Pandit riots and racketeering that took place in the valley.

The Valley today, is a lifeless place which is blessed with immense bounty of nature, the whole issue is based on the premise that the Muslims inhabiting Kashmir don’t feel that they are a part of India.

The military has been rough with the people due to their violent activities that are often aimed against India and the prevalence of militancy in the State. The military general of the day, Gen. Bipin Rawat suggested that a ‘politico-military’ approach remains the most logical approach to Kashmir is not correct.

The author is an Indian by blood, and fully endorses the efforts made by Dineshwar Sharma, the interlocutor appointed by the central government to deal with the issues, yet there exists a fault-line that nobody is willing to acknowledge.

Despite the number of sops for Kashmiris, the divide is germinating from the sense of minority vs majority  that has kept the Indian subcontinent divided over for years.

Today, also the Indian state is being perceived as an oppressor by the people of the valley who possibly do not hold sensitive views towards secularism. A political solution simply aims to address the issues pertaining to representation, and bargaining with the State, while the military solution means to address every act with a bullet.

The solution has to come with a ‘Socio-Political’ approach, where the military is only left to the borders. The social moulding and mobilisation will need social leaders, and religious leaders from the various communities to hold proper dialogues and address the issues that seem to spread hate, and gather the popular support of the masses in the valley.

A socio-political approach shall be one which aims to make the negotiating or rather conciliating parties form a people’ common minimum programme under which a peaceful co-existence is worded.

The future for the Kashmir issue must be addressed at the earliest while the Indian State as well as the Kashmiris may do some self-check.

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