Politics of Machination(s)

Politics of Machination(s)

Amidst the growing din and controversy over Article 35 A which is a provision in the Indian Constitution that grants the legislature to define state subjects, among other things. Some NGO has filed a writ petition that sought to strike down the said article in the Supreme Court of India. New Delhi, ruled by the far right party, which is an alliance partner of the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, has remained rather tepid and though an omission appears to be approving of the writ. Article 35 A is linked to Article 370 which governs the “special relationship” between Jammu and Kashmir and New Delhi. What does all this mean for Jammu and Kashmir? It may be pertinent to note here that the attempt in contention- the writ petition at the Supreme Court by an “NGO”- might be in the nature of a Trojan Horse, patronized by political forces, to ram it down on the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The real agenda appears to be assimilationist where Jammu and Kashmir is sought to be “fully integrated” with the Indian Union. The ramifications and implications are obvious and these hark back to the agenda(s) of the far right forces in India. In essence then, from a “mainstream” perspective, even ethnic nationalism or “ sub nationalism” will not be countenanced by powers that be in India. Significantly, it comes at a time when there is pressure on the Hurriyat and attempts to create “normalcy” by means of control. If , again from a “mainstream” perspective, if there is no space and room for “identity politics”, there then remains no rationale for “mainstream” regional parties. In terms of governance, the record of these parties has been abysmal; the capitulation before the Centre, which existed in a certain form will be complete if these parties fail to either take a stand on the issue in contention or do something about it. In the ultimate analysis, if abrogation of Article 35 A, does take place, it would constitute another assault on the nature and identity of the peoples of Jammu and Kashmir- last nail in the coffin through manipulative and underhand measures taken by New Delhi towards Jammu and Kashmir. It also means that New Delhi is taking a view towards Kashmir that is premised on power, power politics and a majoritarian agenda. In the schemata, conflict resolution takes a back seat and Kashmir being , at a delicate stage, is again submerged and subsumed under agendas which defy reason can potentially throw things into a tizzy in Kashmir.

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One Response to "Politics of Machination(s)"

  1. G. Din   August 13, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    ” It may be pertinent to note here that the attempt in contention… to ram it down on the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
    It is by no means certain that you speak for ALL the people of J&K.
    ” It also means that New Delhi is taking a view towards Kashmir that is premised on power, power politics and a majoritarian agenda. ”
    Exactly the same statement could be made in respect to those who hold the view expounded by you. Why is one correct and the other not?

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