Is it Koshrut or Kashmiriyat? Like the solution on destiny of people of the Jammu and Kashmir, the word Kashmiryat seems to be thrust on millions of souls as if they are abnormal and incapable of thinking and deciding on their own.
Without discussing its nuances and the genesis, there seems a dispute in understanding, especially in power echelons of New Delhi, what the Kashmiriyat is.
A true Kashmiri would be under pain of death if the present brand of NDA ambassadors and similar thinking countrymen who are outside its ore have construed it in the manner PDP’s “visionary” leader appeared after Prime Minister of India snubbed him over ties with Pakistan at a cricket stadium named after Sher-e-Kashmir, one of the tallest leaders that dawned in the state but despite architecting ‘Land To Tiller Act’ on economic landscape of the J&K, his mausoleum near sprawling Hazratbal shrine overlooking vast yet endangered Dal Lake, is guarded by the security men.
A PDP minister, the co-author of party’s “Agenda for Alliance” with BJP, the yet to be implemented “sacred document”, claimed on a news channel that Hurriyat Conference leaders especially Syed Ali Shah Geelani by refusing to meet “crisis managers” from India “hurt” the Kashmiriyat. Should they be allowed to achieve their motives through a process, which is aimed at discrediting the host leaders within their own community? The crisis managers appeared on the political scene of Kashmir in 2010 to turn up again after six long years when Kashmir situation is much graver. BJP, whose delegates in present day finance minister and external affairs minister even went on to say in 2010 that left leaders kneeled before the Hurriyat. The explanation also came after six long years and only when doors were closed to them by the Hurriyat: “There is nothing like respect and disrespect when it comes to protecting the integrity of our country.”
The choice of words by the PDP minister was intriguing to say the least. He said he is a Kashmiri not because of Article 370, not because of the special constitutional position in India, but by virtue of certain value system.
What is the value system which fortunately and unfortunately is common to the minister and millions of Kashmiris including his cabinet colleague and BJP allay who “100% vouched for his statement” in the very news show next day. The latter did not spare even his “educated and bright” wife whom he called a “Pakistani loyalist” for questioning his remarks of 5% protesters and “nothing is spontaneous in Kashmir”. The remarks apparently were made to trivialize the mass uprising something seconded by the minister’s wife in her independent column.
Before questioning the behavior of the Kashmiri leaders with their “respectable and elected representatives” from New Delhi, both the ministers should have introspected Kashmiriyat before sending the “respectable and elected representative” to meet fellow Kashmiris in jails or house turned-like jail?
Is it Kashmiyat that the gullibility of the people will be taken for a ride by the “respectable and elected representatives” every time they are received with hospitability? Or is it the character of trusting the promise made to them by none other than the “most respectable” and the first elected Prime Minister of India? They loses sight of the fact that the people refer to and rely on the UN resolutions as a pledge made to them and reflecting commitment of the international community including India and Pakistan to decide their future.
The people of Jammu and Kashmir are on the roads and get killed, maimed, blinded, arrested for the very promise made to them. Kashmiriyat does get bruised when the promise they live for is dubbed as “blunder or a mistake”?
Why Kashmiriyat within those Kashmiris does not evoke response when New Delhi beats the trumpet in International forum that people of Jammu and Kashmir are exercising their franchise out of ‘free will’ when in reality they are pushed to polling booths with a promise that balloting will not affect the “status” of Kashmir and that it’s for managing daily affairs like Bijli, Panni and Sadak.
The Kashmiriyat along with jamhooriyat, and insaaniyat is often cited by “the largest democracy” in the word to offer solution to Kashmir. Is the demand by people of Kashmir outside the trinity?
As put across by the Kashmir High Court Bar Association last month to a fact-finding team led by former Indian minister Mani Shanker Aiyer that if New Delhi does want plebiscite then it should come up with a solution that is acceptable to the people of the state.
“And if you think that you can have a solution that you can thrust on people, it will be rejected by them. Let the solution come up from the people of Jammu and Kashmir. You don’t listen to UN (referring to resolutions), you don’t listen to international community, no options, no choices. Then what do we do?” the lawyer’s body asked.
History is testimony to the fact that the Kashmiris have been tolerant from the very beginning and this character has stood against most mighty and the powerful.