JAMMU: National Conference has done its bit and now is the time for Jammu and Leh to rise and respond to the mischief by massively participating in the upcoming Urban Local Bodies and Panchayat polls. The two regions will lose nothing except breaking the shackles of slavery of Kashmir centric masters for nearly seven decades.
Jammu must lead and call the bluff of the so-called Kashmir mainstream that has been ruling the patriotic people of the two other regions and relegating them as subservient.
If Kashmir wants to fight for seceding from India to join Pakistan, let it; if dubious elements of the Valley want to disguise secession as Azadi, let they; and, if the soft-separatist mainstream wants to be on the same page with secessionists over the issue of Article 35A, let they. But why should Jammu and Leh suffer due to whims and fancies of pampered and appeased Kashmiri masters?
Enough is enough. Jammu must say it without mincing words and with a sense of conviction. Leh has loosened the shackles of Kashmir dominance long back in 1995 when Jammu was taking ‘pride and solace’ in playing host to political Bhagodas of all hues from the Valley, who had been thrown out by Pak sponsored radicalised bull hounds. (Ironically, these very political Bhagodas, under the name and style of PDP, NC and even Congress have and continue to dominate the people of Jammu, enslave them and usurp their rights).
CENTRE MUST DRAW LESSONS FROM HISTORY
The adage goes that if someone betrays trust; never trust him or her again. The Centre has made many experiments in Kashmir and all these have backfired. It is because New Delhi has never ever learnt any lesson from history. Finding its roots in the glorious past of India, Narendra Modi government too has failed in Kashmir by making one after another experiment; by trusting one after another. What has been the outcome? Kashmir is again back on square one. The Centre must draw a lesson from repeated failures of Muhammad Ghori’s invasions against Prithviraj Chauhan; presentation of defeated Ghori before the King, who instead of imprisoning him, let him off only to get killed himself in the next battle. The example of Chauhan-Ghori episodes may appear redundant or irrelevant to the obtaining subject of Kashmir instability but narrating these incidents is to drive home the point that once tested should never be tested again. Will the Centre draw any lesson from history?
Kudos to the people of Ladakh, who demonstrated their superiority over Dogras of Jammu in understanding and visualising the political dynamics of Jammu and Kashmir and waged a decisive battle to end the Kashmiri hegemony. When the State was under Governor’s Rule, the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils Act 1995 was enacted by the President in the 46th Year of the Republic of India to provide for the establishment of Autonomous Hill Development Councils and an Inter-District Advisory Council in the Ladakh region in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature (Delegation of Powers) Act, 1992.
It was a symbolic and psychological victory for people of the Ladakh region.
Why did Jammu miss the bus?
It is a question that has been haunting all those feeling denial and deprivation for the past 70 years. It has been because of the timid Jammu leadership, which has never asserted Jammu’s patriotic credentials and made the rulers that be in New Delhi to realize its aspirations. They always acted complementary and supplementary to the wishes of Kashmiri masters to remain in their good books. However, it is not time to point fingers. Those from Jammu who facilitated their Kashmiri bosses to bruise the psyche of Dogras by playing second fiddle are not to be condemned. They are to be owned for the larger interest of waging a joint battle to end the Kashmiri hegemony. The second fiddlers should understand that when their masters can get together despite political divergence for a common cause, that stops them to follow the suit. Jammuites must recall how Kashmir mainstream and separatists united over Dogra certificate issue, Amarnath land row, Central University and AIIMS establishment, cluster hutments for displaced Kashmiri Pandits or Sainik Colonies and last but not the least, citizenship rights to the West Pakistan Refugees.
The people of Jammu should also understand the mischief of separatists, terrorists and soft-secessionist mainstream parties of the Valley. Many of them are carrying out their sinister anti-national propaganda at global level by clubbing Jammu and Ladakh with Kashmir, notwithstanding their invisibility in these two regions. Has Jammu ever sought course correction?
The successive ruling dispensations in the State have never ever tried to set right the perception across the country or at the global level that terrorism and separatist movement is confined to the Valley alone. The regions of Jammu and Ladakh are as peaceful and normal as any other city of the country. The people of these two regions are as patriotic as other parts of the country. The misinformation is allowed to continue with a purpose and sinister motives. Firstly, to take care of the legality of the secessionist organisations, as it was Jammu and Kashmir, not the Valley alone, that had acceded to Domain of India through Instrument of Accession, signed by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1947. Secondly, and most importantly, to cripple the economy of Jammu and Ladakh regions by portraying these as terror infested. Such is the misinformation campaign that most of the pilgrims thronging from various parts of the country can be seen wearing woolens and covering their heads and necks with caps and scarves even during scorch summer months while alighting from trains due to misconception of Jammu being hill-station of Kashmir. Why didn’t Tourism Department launch any campaign to eschew such a misinformation about Jammu, as it has been doing at the global level to promote Kashmir tourism?
Jammu must see through Kashmir centric mainstream political leadership’s game-plan, which is now creating the mischief of political instability by boycotting elections. Should Jammu fall prey to their conspiracy?
(To be continued)
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