RAJ DALUJA JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik has hit the hornet’s nest by calling spade a spade while talking about corruption and terrorism in Kashmir. He said what incumbents in the Srinagar Raj Bhavan have been observing during the past three decades but never expressed because of their constitutional stature. In a way, he reflected the sentiment of every citizen and compatriot across the country who knows how corruption and terrorism have flourished in the Valley and bled the nation profusely. There is an uncoded, undefined and unwritten arrangement between terrorists and separatists on the one hand and unscrupulous politicians and bureaucrats on the other hand. They are working as complement and supplement to each other. There is unique convergence despite divergence between the two. There is a sort of quid pro, which has sustained braving all obstacles. Governor Malik has clarified his observations made while inaugurating Kargil Tourism Fest by saying that he should not have spoken about killings of innocents by terrorists instead targetting of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats in his capacity as Governor. He, however, was not remorseful over his observations which he asserted by quickly adding during his interaction to a national electronic news provider, “…As Governor, I should have not made such a comment, but my personal feeling is the same as I said. Many political leaders & big bureaucrats are steeped in corruption here (in Jammu and Kashmir). This is what STATE TIMES observed in these columns in the previous edition under the caption, “Corruption is as big a challenge in J&K as terrorism”. The three-decade long terrorism has stayed in Kashmir because those charged with the responsibility of tackling the menace played hide and seek all these years. They created obstacles and caged the forces to provide breather to the terrorists when under thick of pressure. Whenever terrorists struck, the politicians preferred silence and whenever security forces established edge, they cried hoarse on human rights violations, sought repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act and at times lodged FIRs against the soldiers and officers. The terror history of Kashmir is replete of instances when the so-called mainstream politicians during their stints in power announced amnesty, surrender policy and other concessions to terrorists and their soft versions of stone pelters. There were times when terror idealogues and separatists were treated as VIPs by providing them security, medical assistance at the premier hospitals of the country and all sorts of comforts. The successive chief ministers are on record having gloated over their ‘achievements’ of ensuring respite to India bashers in the form of separatists and stone pelters. The corrupt bureaucrats have entered into a new foray of media onslaught against India and the security forces on various social media platforms after their retirement. The ugly reality of Kashmir strife is terrorists enjoying free run and corrupt politicians and bureaucrats making quick bucks. Corrupt have burdened the exchequer by recruiting all sorts of elements overtly and covertly without norms and looting the coffers as also the people. This is an open secret, which is why the Governor got lot of support, even in the Valley, for his frank speak on murky affairs in the State. The people are identifying with what the Governor stated.
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