Elemental Contradiction(s)

Elemental Contradiction(s)

The fundamental contradictions in the coalition between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) have yet again emerged after the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat asserted that the Indian Constitution should be tailored to fully “assimilate” Jammu and Kashmir into India. This was validated by Nirmal Singh who supported abrogation of Article 370 and stated that “the BJP has maintained the status quo on constitutional issues under the agenda of alliance with the PDP”. It needs to be stated that Singh’s statement came soon after the RSS chief made his remarks. This is quite inevitable given the fact that the BJP is part of a larger family of organizations called the Sangh Parivar. Other components of the Parivar are the VHP and the RSS. The BJP draws its cadre and ideological inspiration from these components of the Sangh Parivar. Because of this , Nirmal Singh iterated the stance of the Parivar. But, because the BJP is in a coalition with the PDP, it would be a tad difficult for the party to execute the long standing agenda of abrogating Article 370. If the BJP actually sought to bring its agenda into reality, it might have power political consequences and implications. The same would, albeit in a different permutation and combination, hold true for the PDP. So, in order to prevent and preclude power political effects especially on the Government, neither party would, for now, disturb the apple cart, so to speak. The fundamental and elemental contradictions of the coalition will be papered over as of now. This is insofar as one spectrum of politics in Jammu and Kashmir is concerned. The fact of the matter is, that while Article 35 A and Article 370 have their own importance, but this cannot detract from the real issue: that is , of the conflict in and over Kashmir. While in the Sangh Parivar’s Idea of India, Kashmir has a different place – full assimilation into the Indian Union- it is also speculated that the debate on Article 370 is an attempt to change the discourse in Kashmir. This may or may not be true but it does not detract from the fact of conflict in and over Kashmir. Prudence and sagacity would demand that efforts and attempts be made to actually resolve the conflict. This, more than anything else, would resolve even allied and ancillary conflicts that the actual conflict spawns. Let the nettles be grasped now!

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