DOST KHAN / ANCHOR
For any act of violence, terror attack or street protest in Kashmir, the BJP Government in New Delhi is carrying forward the oft-experimented Indian legacy of blaming Pakistan? It has become a fashion and a ready alibi to shift the responsibility while the fact is that nobody in New Delhi, not even the BJP has ever thought it prudent to introspect and be realistic.
Who’ll account for terror-spending?
Huge sums being incu-rred on providing security cover and other concessions to separatists in Kashmir remain shrouded in mystery, as the successive governments have failed to account for these despite public outcry. Actually, sources believe, the agencies and individuals tasked to provide sops to anti-national elements don’t want to share the details as sizable chunk of the funds allocated for the purpose go to vested interests as well.
It is almost a vicious circle which takes care of the providers and the beneficiaries both. Who’ll break this vicious circle? A big poser for BJP!
It’s no more a secret that terror perpetrators in the Valley are funded by the Centre in terms of security, medicare, travel expenses and even stay in posh hotels of the country. What has New Delhi gained from pampering the separatists at the cost of poor tax-payers hard earned money?
Instead of framing a strategy to neutrilise terror, the government has allowed itself to go haywire. It has lost its direction in meeting the challenge of over-ground sympathisers of terrorists. The so-called mainstream political parties have also joined the bandwagon. This is because of policy paralysis of those shaping the destiny of this country from time to time. There has, in fact, never been any concrete policy to tackle treat Kashmir that has lately taken malignant proportions. It is free for all with the army and the security forces braving the brunt. Kashmir is witnessing complete anarchy.
Kashmir is on boil. Though the protests at the behest of separatists are not new in the Valley yet the dimensions these have taken are worrisome. These have been part of the strategy to destabilise situation in this sensitive State and to keep the pot boiling. The only difference is about the frequency of protests and organised campaigns to create obstacles in anti-militancy operations by engaging the army in clashes by way of stone pelting. The strategy has horrendously changed of late. Now the teenage girls are also made to take to streets, which have given dangerous dimension to Kashmir unrest.
For an average Kashmiri separatist or street protester, the scare of the army has waned. This is because the Indian Government has reduced its own army as guinea pigs, which remain at the receiving end because of the wicked rulers. Only today, when the armed forces were engaged in area domination in parts of south Kashmir, they were subjected to huge stone pelting. In the midst of protests, the terrorists hiding somewhere killed a driver of the forces’ vehicle. These roaming killers (stone pelters) are just ‘misguided youth’ for the Prime Minister of this nation. What an irony?
New Delhi has never thought over the necessity of dealing with parasite separatists and mainstream leaders, who leave no occasion to portray violence mongers as victims. Despite being heckled and humiliated, the army is getting demonised by them on human rights front. This is sad side of Kashmir.
Instead of devising a concrete Kashmir policy, the successive governments in New Delhi are making one after another experiment. They are repeating the same mistakes which have brought the situation to present morass. At times, the central leaders hide behind the Atal Behari Vajpayee doctrine, which was nothing but an illusion.
At the onset of Narendra Modi government, a hope had risen that ‘all powerful’ BJP dispensation will look into what the successive governments, including that of Vajpayee, had overlooked during the past two and half decades. This is precisely the period when a systematic effort was made to insulate separatists, who are just a bunch of terror harbours-working towards radicalizing Kashmir. This is being done perhaps in a hope to rope in some of them at some point of time for talks to solve the so-called Kashmir imbroglio. Nothing of the sort has happened all these years and nothing should be expected in near future as well. The proponents of such a formula are actually the deadwood, working as track-two activists, and several mainstream political actors of Kashmir, no matter which party rules the Centre. While the former are a bunch of ex- bureaucrats, enjoying post retirement rehabilitation, and the latter power hungry politicians, who want to remain glued to power by hook or crook. Vested interest has been playing havoc with Kashmir situation. Terror regime has become an organised industry. Unfortunately, the Centre is incetivising it by providing various concessions to separatists and leverage to mainstream parties that turn patriots when in power and become Xerox copy of the Hurriyat once out of power. Farooq Abdullah is a latest example of betrayal. When in power, the politicians like him support hot pursuit against Pakistan and when out of it they just glamourise stone pelting and Jihad. Both, separatists and the so-called mainstreamists are having better of both the worlds at the cost of national security and integrity. This vicious circle is becoming larger day by day.
Instead of isolating all of them, New Delhi finds it convenient to take the escape route and shift blame to Pakistan whenever violence erupts in the Valley. This mindset among rulers is going to cost the nation dearly. The BJP better watch out and stop incentivising separatists and those supporting terrorists by withdrawing security cover and withholding concessions .
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