Prof Hari Om
The October 24 Gupkar divisive explosion has evoked very sharp reaction across Bharat. It’s natural. After all, the concerned nation witnessed the Gupkaris behaving, speaking and putting forth demands shamelessly and in a most brazen manner like the Muslim Leaguers did at Lahore on March 23, 1940 (adoption of Pakistan Resolution) and giving a formal shape to their recently floated alliance, called People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD).On October 24, the Gupkaris (eight autonomist outfits) appointed Farooq Abdullah as the PAGD chairperson, Mehbooba Mufti as vice-chairperson, Sajad Lone as chief spokesperson, M Y Tarigami as convenor and LS MP Hasnain Masoodi as coordinator. No need to explain what the composition and complexion of PAGD and adoption of the flag of the erstwhile J&K State as the new outfit’s flag meant. Even a naïve knows what all this meant and how secular or communal they are. It will also be an exercise in self-deception to reflect on the type of secularism these Gupkaris advocated, on nature of their fulminations and concept of federalism and on what they said about their claim over Jammu province and Ladakh, and the people these regions house. People of these two regions are not that apolitical or that fool that they don’t understand the dangerous ramifications of what these Gupkaris said after exposing themselves thoroughly.No one should feel surprised over the kind of the response the Gupkar divisive explosion evoked for the simple reason that the nation witnessed in the country a development similar to the one that had unfolded in Lahore in March 1940. For, the nation is fully aware of the dangers facing it and the enemies within and it has been reacting from time to time against the forces inimical to India.It needs to be underlined that India post-2014 is not British India pre-1947 or India that suffered immensely between August 15, 1947 and May 25, 2014 owing to the highly regressive and nation-unmaking Nehruvian model. It’s New India where the ruling class at the Centre to an extent appreciates the national sentiment and feels the people’s pulse and building the nation step by step. Abrogation of Article 35A, Article 370 and J&K Constitution and making separate J&K flag a story of the bad past were outcomes of that national sentiment which continues to motivate or compel – whatever one may calls it – the powers-that-be to go ahead and undo the past wrongs. Hence, one has to view the reaction to the Gupkar divisive or unsettling explosion in the context of the developments unfolding in India, particularly since May 2014.It would not be out of place to mention here that the Gupkar divisive explosion will also have a very positive impact on the political scene of Jammu province. It will further unite the already rather angry people of the province. Reasons: They see in the Gupkar divisive explosion their complete destruction and destruction of their region. In other words, they see in this explosion that took place in the official residence of Mehbooba Mufti potential that made Kashmir, PoJK, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan Hindu/Buddhist/Sikh/Jain-free through rape, murder, conversion and forced migration. They also witnessed how Gupkaris treated those in Jammu province, who had been advocating and preaching the ideology of the Gupkaris among innocents and gullible people of Jammu province much to the chagrin of the victims of Kashmiri ruling elite. They treated their own party ‘leaders’ in Jammu province as no more than their henchmen – untrustworthy, undependable and unworthy of holding any position even in the anti-India outfit.But more than that, people of Jammu province have noted and underlined what the Gupkaris did on October 24 to those who had gone all the way from Jammu to Gupkar to meet Farooq Abdullah. They must thank God that the Gupkaris didn’t consider them fit for holding any office in the PAGD. They would have lost their face and become objects of contempt and ridicule in Jammu, had they accepted any office offered by the Gupkaris.However, the Gupkaris seemingly did succeed in roping in one person from Jammu. He, along with a leading Gupkari, has been reportedly assigned the duty of preparing a ‘white paper, within one month, going into the governance in J&K over the past one year’ – a ‘paper based on facts and figures to present the reality to the people of J&K and around the country’. It’s difficult to say if this person from Jammu has accepted or not accepted the offer because he has not spoken a word on it. One can only hope and pray that he would see the reason and not offer his services to those who are hell-bent to play naked communalism and politics of separatism. Such agesture would be in his own interest.All in all, it can be said that the Gupkar divisive explosion constitutes one more big step towards the separation of Jammu from Kashmir and establishment of full-fledged Jammu State. Indeed, this explosion is a blessing in disguise forpeople of Jammu province.
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