Just two days back Director General Police Dr Shesh Paul Vaid had said that “it is much easier to work under Governor’s Rule”. And today, he proved it too by admitting the presence of ISIS in Kashmir. This speaks volumes about the suffocation of the top cop under the political dispensation, partnered by the PDP and BJP in the State.
“Operations will continue. Only thing was in between, during this (ceasefire) period, the operations were stopped. They were going on earlier also, but we will intensify these operations in the days to come. And it would be, I think, much easier to work,” Shesh Paul Vaid had told a national television channel. Now that the ‘vicious political smoke’ has waned in the Valley, those at the helm of maintaining order have started speaking up. The admission of the DGP should be seen in this context. He is a well meaning and tough top cop, who from day one had a clear stand on terrorism but for the political handicap.
The DGP stood vindicated the moment bullets pierced through Dawood Sofi and three of his Caliphate proponent radicalised terrorists in a fierce gun-battle in Khiram village of Srigufwara Tehsil of South Kashmir this morning.
Despite his personal triumph, the DGP must be a worried man for the reality of ISIS in Kashmir. He knows the consequences, which many others in the so-called mainstream and separatist camp may be unaware due to a sort of sentimental attachment with the ’cause’. The presence of ISIS is doom for the paradise on earth that is threatened with the prospect of felling hurt of terrorism for the first time in the past three decades. It is only a matter of time for harbours and supporters of terror to experience the universal truth of “terrorism being a monster that ultimately eats up the vitals of its mentors”. The glamour of Jihad attached to terrorism is bound to vanish with ISIS module gaining ground.
The DGP had raised the ISIS alarm, as early as on 27th February 2018 in the forenoon, soon after killing of a policeman, saying without mincing words, “It was indeed a worrying sign because ISIS foothold in Kashmir will have a different meaning”.
Surprisingly, the same afternoon, a senior official of the Ministry of Home Affairs of the muscular BJP government said there was no “physical infrastructure” of the IS in the Kashmir Valley and the militant might have used the platform to create confusion.
Two versions within a few hours! Had the ‘coalition compulsion’ any role to play in the gross contradiction in the two statements emanating from Srinagar and New Delhi? Why was the truth of ISIS presence in the Valley suppressed and at whose behest? The PDP’s dominance in the government shared by the BJP in the State was no more a secret. Everybody knew how Mehbooba Mufti proposed and the Ministry of Home Affairs disposed. The Jammu BJP lots’ presence in the ministry was just cosmetic and for the purposes of enjoying ‘loaves of power’. Unexpectedly and unfortunately, the national security received a severe dent during the past three and half years.
However, with Governor N.N Vohra assuming the reins of power, the political interference has stopped a bit. It is not that the gubernatorial dispensation would be moving ahead independently but comparatively the run will be smooth due to non-interference of Kashmir mainstream, which despite political divergence has been having complete convergence over the affairs related to, what they call, misguided youth, who are essentially bunch of hardened and most radicalised terrorists. This point of time, the army seems to have a decisive role in tackling terrorism in Kashmir. The BJP has no recourse other than giving a free hand, given the country-wide political fall-out of the perception about ‘soft-peddling towards terrorism’. No wonder the military option will turn out for the BJP a campaign, ‘Tackle Kashmir, Win India’ in the 2019 parliamentary elections. Nobody can raise an iota of doubt about the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Kashmir but lack of sane and realistic advice is making the BJP leadership commit blunders.
The Centre could not understand the Kashmir psyche, which is why its decisions remained always wavering. It has cost much to the Valley and delayed peace.
Like DGP Vaid, the country’s leadership too should learn to call a spade a spade and draw its strategy to tackle terrorism firmly and fearlessly. Kashmir is slipping away. Containing terror will earn New Delhi the good-will of silent majority of the Valley, which is craving for peace. Of course, they have been nurturing ambitions, which may be nearer to anti-national in essence, but still they will not like to achieve these at the cost of destruction and devastation of Kashmir.
New Delhi should remember that separatists won’t dump Pakistan and the so-called mainstreamists will continue to thrive on soft-secessionism to remain relevant in the Kashmir’s political landscape. The separatists’ pro-Pak agenda and the mainstreamists lust for power will never allow any turnaround in the situation. This compulsion has been driving them to denial mode on presence of ISIS in Kashmir. Both separatists and mainstreamists are providing alibis to ISIS by describing the radicalised elements as ‘misguided, ‘angry’, ‘alienated’ youth besides freedom fighters. However, ISIS being a harsh reality, the Valley is going to see the worse, unless the alarm bells sounded by DGP Vaid are responded with action. (to be continued)
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