SRINAGAR: Senior PDP leader and Member Parliament Tariq Hameed Karra Monday said that the two-days visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the backdrop of the on-going civil uprising could be termed as “exercise in futility” as no concrete steps on ground were taken to normalise the situation.
Karra expressed his dismay on Home Minister’s announcement about constituting a committee to look for an alternative to lethal pellet guns.
“Does that mean that till the committee is constituted and later on it submits its report after two months, the use of such lethal pellet guns would be continued and given the number of people injured and permanently disabled in first 15 days, the number of injured may rise further?” he said.
In an interview to KNS, the senior PDP leader said that it would have been prudent on the part of Home Minister if he would have banned the use of pellet guns.
“I am sure the Home Minister must have gauged the public mood in the shape of boycott by all trade bodies including their apex body Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry,” he said.
The former Finance Minister said that it is unfortunate that Government of India has always been “reactionary to the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir rather than responsive”.
“If we look at rest of the country, the Indian State has continuously been confronted with different political and administrative challenges. May it be North-East, castiest aspirations, pro-reservation, anti-reservation, excesses on Dalits, Patel reservation, Jat reservation or even agitation on distribution of natural resources, never ever would you find GoI ruthless or reactionary,” he said.
“Everywhere and in every situation, GoI has tried to be responsive and reconciliatory, thereby demonstrating an enthusing faith in the masses in Indian democratic system. But whenever the time comes to demonstrate the same high democratic traditions in J&K, the standards are different, which is one of the reasons for mass scale alienation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Karra said.
He added that hawkish elements in India try to portray Kashmir issue as if it is “an issue of real estate and not a political issue”.
He said that they would be rendered speechless if anybody asks them that “why out of 30 Indian States, the people of Jammu and Kashmir hold two nationalities”.
“Why Jammu and Kashmir is the only State which has its own constitution. Why Jammu and Kashmir is the only State which has its own flag and they would not believe it that State of Jammu and Kashmir is the only State in country which has a term of six years. Do they have any answer to it?”
He said that administratively the establishment of India has always tried to project that a “contentious and a sensitive issue like ours can be dealt by oppressive and suppressive measures rather than engagement with oppressed and suppressed”. Karra said if the GoI has failed politically here even the State Government cannot be absolved of having failed administratively.
“In the present situation the State Government has been chasing the events rather than anticipating them,” he said.
He said that due to different pellet guns used to quell the protests this time the critically injured people are on higher scale than the agitation in 2010 when the pellet guns were used at then too.
On media gag, the PDP leader said, “What is expected of a government where the contentious and sensitive decisions are driven by immature and insensitive political toddlers?”
“I have been cautioning both, late Mufti Sahab and Mehbooba Ji about the dangerous consequences of the alliance of PDP with BJP,” he said, referring to the high anger among people in the on-0going uprising.
He said his stand that the Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Kashmir did not accept it as a “holy alliance is vindicated”.