Indian intransigence on Kashmir issue

A majority of Indian do-gooders believe that Kashmir right from the start (October 26, 1947) has been messed up pushing the relationship between India and Kashmir to a point of no return. More than half century elapsed India with clear intent manipulates occupation by hook or by crook putting Kashmir simmering on the backburner. Indian political hierarchy parroting integral part rhetoric, with no takers, seem to have lost zeal, enthusiasm and political connectivity on international level.

Kashmir´s resilient ongoing peaceful struggle for independence to resist the use of brute force, coercion, harassment and intimidation puts India into a tight spot and in a desperate attempt new methods are tried to convince the international community that the struggle in Kashmir is an internal law and order situation tackled in ´democratic manner´.

A glacier on a high peak mountain in Kashmir supposed to have semblance with the phallic Deity Lord Shiva has suddenly in the recent past become a major pilgrimage site attracting hundreds and thousands of Hindu devotees creating law and order and environmental problems. A "Shrine (religious) Board" instituted demanded allotment of (0.40 km2) of forest land for shelters and facilities for trekking devotees. (May 26, 2008) The controversy created uproar and one million strong March by Kashmiris forced the Indian authorities to withdraw the demand. It is generally believed to be a tactical move by India to create a fear psychosis amongst people and force them to settle for a political settlement somewhere less than the demand for independence.

The international community is consciously aware of the fact that arch nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, having history of fighting wars, are dangerously poised. A minor intelligence mischief can be detrimental for the whole world with devastating consequences. All countries including the representative body United Nations have stressed all along that Kashmir problem needs a solution as per the wish of people of Kashmir. It is noteworthy that not a single country of the world accepts Kashmir as an integral part of India and on the contrary press upon India and Pakistan to solve the issue peacefully. Many countries, including USA, offer their services to help negotiate when Pakistan is agreeable but India always steps back to refuse any such mediation.

India naively keeps Pakistan engaged in "Pigeon politics" and its alleged involvement in widespread terrorism in Pakistan makes things worse. India also, desperately and unsuccessfully, tries to isolate Kashmir from any dialogue process between India and Pakistan giving rise to depression, frustration, deception and disappointment. The Kashmir uprising against India, known world over is crushed with brute force unprecedented.

In order to gain time mainly to pacify international community, some Indian interlocutors are assigned a job to engage Kashmiri leadership to work out a solution which with the passage of time dies its own death when the international pressure wards off. At times feelers are afloat like going back to 1953 position when India imposed direct rule from Delhi using the barrel of gun.

Aditya Sinha, Editor-in-Chief of DNA India while throwing light on Kashmiri Pandit´s exodus from Kashmir in early nineties states that "One can´t help but think that the conservative lament over the "ethnic cleansing" of Kashmiri Hindus is nothing but a cynical tactic to derail the longer-lasting and deeper grievances of Kashmiri Muslims. It sadly means that the Kashmiri Hindu plight is exploited; and that implies a lack of sincere empathy." Sinha challenges the figures mentioned by Indian media of Kashmiri Pandits leaving Kashmir as inflated and nowhere near factuality.

Kashmiri Pandits exile, as Sinha puts, cannot be classified as ethnic cleansing or 219 Pandits killed termed as genocide. Muslims, on the contrary, living a life of caged animals lost more than one hundred thousand people, hundreds of women raped, thousands disappeared, many more found buried in unidentified graves and property worth billions razed. All atrocities committed on defenceless majority community being systematically brushed under the carpet and highlighting Pandit dilemma with all resources pooled to overshadow Muslim Kashmir’s ethnic cleansing by Hindu army numbering more than a million.

Rajni Shaleen Chopra, a senior journalist in her article published in Rising Kashmir (April 04, 2015) on a widespread BJP claim that Hindu temples in Kashmir have been desecrated and razed states: "Swamy (Subramanium) and the rabid vanguards of Indian national interest in national news channels know of the Shankaracharya temple on a mountain-top in the heart of Srinagar. Do they also know of the Devi temple on the road to Pari Mahal in Srinagar, another Devi temple on Gupkar Road near Dal Lake, the Hanuman temple on Hari Singh High Street adjoining Lal Chowk – a focal point of pro-freedom agitations in Srinagar? None of these temples have been attacked even at the height of turbulence in Kashmir. In downtown Srinagar, also a hub of pro-freedom agitations, morning and evening prayers are carried out peacefully at temples without the need for any security or protection by men (Indian) in uniform. Temple complexes in Anantnag, Sopore and elsewhere in the Valley stand as places of worship, and are not locked or vandalized."

A serious discussion to solve Kashmir is need of the hour which is in the interest of the world in general and parties involved in particular. India has to come out of the shell to have a broader outlook to assess the political situations emerging in the world. Maintenance of peace should be paramount and prioritised or else, having a mad urge to accumulate weapons of mass destruction will catch the humanity off-guard and no one will be around even to assess what happened?

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