BLUNT BUTCHER / ANCHOR
A day after Chandra Prakash Ganga spoke his heart out on how to tackle stone-pelters in Kashmir, evoking widespread condemnation from the Kashmir-centric politicians; the solitary bold voice from the Duggarland and the BJP was made to retract. The minister had pleaded for bullets to stone-pelters and gone a way ahead, saying “Laaton Ke Bhoot Baaton Se Nahi Mante”. This is something many across the country think the solution to stone-pelting or Intifada menace in the turbulent Valley, especially after the video humiliating, kicking and heckling a CRPF jawan went viral.
In a situation wherein former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah termed the stone-pelters as ‘nationalists’, contributing for the ‘nation’ (in this case Kashmir), the tough language by Ganga earned him appreciation of those who love their motherland and the soldiers defending the integrity and sovereignty of the great nation, called India.
What happened overnight that made the bold BJP leader change his course, notwithstanding the video clipping still in lakhs of mobile phones of the compatriots across the country in general and Jammu in particular? Late this night, desperate Ganga sent out a eight-word clarification, saying he was ‘misinterpreted and regrets the controversy created over it’. This is a generic alibi every politician offers after finding himself in the dock over some remarks which snowball into a controversy.
The Industries and Commerce Minister is on tape having stated what he has awkwardly denied now. He might not have been bullied by the strongest words by coalition partner PDP leaders’ threats like ‘nauseous mentality of some extremist politician’ or ‘disgusting utterances being perilous’.
Who says the stone-pelters are ‘heroes’ or ‘misguided youth’. They are certainly anti-national elements, being paid and abetted by Pakistan and its lackeys in the Valley. They are on a mission to destabilise institutions and democratic way of life in Kashmir. They are being pushed to trample Indian symbols and belittle its valiant soldiers. They are ruthless zealots, who have held the entire Valley to ransom. They are the people who have pushed Kashmir to a morass, escape from which appears to be difficult, if not impossible.
Ganga is perhaps right in the approach he has suggested for tackling the anti-national brats, who have not understood the language of compassion and concession granted from time-to-time in terms of packages and amnesties. He may be denounced by his own colleagues saying those ‘clarified’ words to be personal and not that of the view of the BJP but Ganga certainly spoke the heart of many Indians.
Having said that, the question arises as to what has forced the Industries Minister to chew his own words. Obviously, lust for power is the appropriate answer. The BJP doesn’t want to give up loaves of power, no matter how brazenly India is bruised and abused on Kashmir turf. To save the chair and to escape the snub of the party National General Secretary Ram Madhav, who will be in the town sometime today, Chandra Prakash Ganga has made a big U-turn. He has saved the coalition, at least, for the time being. But the blow he has inflicted to the North Pole, South Pole alliance will see rumblings, if not today, tomorrow or day after but the happening cannot be averted for a long.
Ganga’s remorse might have smoothened red-faces in the PDP but the emerging scenario in the Valley is going to make both the partners pale. It is just a matter of time.
© 2016 State Times Daily Newspaper