Supreme Irony!

Supreme Irony!

The “mainstream” political spectrum in Kashmir has, historically and contemporarily, been keen and eager to please and ingratiate New Delhi. This has been thematic cutting across political dispensations and administrations. Often times, “mainstream” politicians have looked to Delhi as their core constituency. Whether it be the National Conference(NC) or the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), both, in their rhetoric and party manifestos have subscribed to an implied adversarial relationship with New Delhi, but in reality and in practice, both have actually cosied to New Delhi. This has had all sorts of implications on Kashmir. Most adverse has been ceding of space and power to New Delhi which , among other things, allowed it to be a king maker and a power broker in Kashmir, allowing New Delhi to , almost monopolize politics in Kashmir, almost by proxy. But, now as things stand in Kashmir, on account of putative attempts to abrogate Article 35 A, New Delhi is creating distance between the “mainstream” political spectrum and itself. This constitutes an irony. While some politicians belonging to this space and spectrum have made some noise over the abrogation attempts, it remains to be seen if and whether there will be substance to their attempts to resist these attempts. What is called for is a roll back of these insidious and noxious attempts to repeal and abrogate Article 35 A. Is the “mainstream” space up to it? Unlikely appears to be the answer. The reasons pertain to this space having played second fiddle to New Delhi and, at times, having been a facilitator of New Delhi’s encroachment on Kashmir and its politics. The regional “mainstream” space has become divided not only because of New Delhi’s machinations but also the willingness of these elements to become party to these machinations. Kashmir centric “mainstream” political players are a divided lot; this means they compete in Kashmir while Jammu is monopolized by the far right party, the BJP. The BJP then becomes a key power broker and even king maker. Same was the case with the Congress. Given this fragmentation, brought upon Kashmir by these political players, what remains of their resistance to attempts at rolling back Article 35 A? They have a weak hand which is self imposed in the main, which , to repeat is their own fault. Kashmir is at a very delicate phase in its history and it is in the cross hairs of multiple conspiracies and assaults. Its hapless people are trapped in a conflict not of their making. Overlaying this are intrigues and tepid politics which makes matters worse. This constitutes a travesty!

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