Flawed Activism

Flawed Activism

The National Investigating Agency’s(NIA) activism post sting operations amounts to essentially a squeeze on the Hurriyat Conference and allied political groups. The activism in contention emerged after India media channels build pressure after sting operations against certain political activists. By choking financing and building up pressure through the NIA, it would appear, that powers that be are hoping that the drift and momentum of events would build to their favor. But this constitutes fallacious thinking for an n number of reasons. First and foremost, the political centre of gravity in Kashmir has shifted to the street which gyrates and corresponds to its own dynamic and momentum notwithstanding lulls and pauses. Second, the political class that the NIA is attempting to put under its scanner and squeeze  does not direct or “guide” the street. Third, because of these reasons, the street has become the theater of politics in Kashmir. In combination, these factors render the NIA’s squeeze rather academic. But this is not the only point. In the final analysis, the NIA’s activism is a tactical aspect that seeks to build and exert pressure on what the agency thinks are pressure points. But the conflict in and over Kashmir is larger than these points; in fact, the conflict is larger than any political grouping or class as history and even the contemporary drift of Kashmir’s politics reflects and suggests. The NIA will come and go but the conflict unless addressed and grasped in its totality will remain.  Prudence then suggests that instead of tactical approaches whose horizon and span , by their very nature, is limited and narrow, a new paradigm, smelling of roses , be developed and instituted in Kashmir. It bears repetition that this paradigm needs to be a multi-stakeholder one with people central to it. In essence, this is what Kashmir needs. Any other approach, including the NIA one , merely prolongs the conflict in and over Kashmir by management techniques. If anything, that the past 70 years of conflict have suggested, both from a generic and a particular perspective, it is that conflict management has merely led to the converse effects: it prolongs the conflict by keeping a lid on it. It is therefore about time that wisdom and sagacity be taken recourse to and a real resolution of the conflict in and over Kashmir be found and arrived at.  We will all be better for it.

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