Opinion: A dialogue of change
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Opinion: A dialogue of change

 

Opinion: A dialogue of change

Published on :11 Aug,2017 By :- UNT News Desk


Srinagar:Hope is a good thing, it keeps us going in the most difficult times, carrying us through the storms of life in the anticipation of better, brighter days. Mehbooba Mufti's attempt to reach out to National Conference Chief too is a sign of hope for politically wounded Kashmir. Limping towards peace this decades long political impasse seems unending however a ray of hope in despair is visible in the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti meeting former Chief Minister and National Conference chief Dr Farooq Abdullah .

This engagement is what the young of Kashmir has been yearning  for. Disgruntled with the mainstream over its brutally biased and prejudiced partisan approach backed with spirit of unending political enmity, they have lost faith in democratic process seeing the defeat of regional parties on larger political landscape. There has always been a search for inter party political consensus over issues concerning the state, however the failure to do so has immensely contributed in erosion of trust and failed the youth to join the political discourse. Mehbooba Mufti's statesmanship to offer exchange of thoughts while exhibiting unison over protecting state’s interest which is facing multiple issues including attempt to abrogate Article 35 A is a indication of desire to battle the odds together.  The cardinal fact being that New Delhi's Kashmir policy is often seen with security prism with no interests of gaining goodwill, there stands a need of viable political steps including protection of Kashmir’s residuary powers.

PDP’s alliance with the BJP has upset many but Mehbooba’s recent trends of being defensive have somewhere sown seeds of hope. Her remarks at a Delhi based conference where she voiced the sentiments of populace that tinkering with article 35 A will lead to far reaching ramifications, should be taken as a common sentiment that is shared by all including the Hurriyat as well. It shows that the real mandate lies with the people of Jammu and Kashmir if exercised well, who are the custodians of Kashmir .

If we go to the roots of educated youth joining militancy it was their erosion of faith in state institutions because of denial of justice, trajectory broken promises and absence of honest political engagement. Ideally every Kashmiri looks up to the regional parties for protecting their interest but here the political compulsions and often the fractured mandate has forced them to ally with national parties having their own agendas, thereby robbing the regional parties of their soul and causing decadence of left over space for the mainstream. Now that today new bridges are being built and common masses have a reason to repose faith in the regional parties, these back channel localised engagements should be carried on with good faith, rising above partisan interests as in the words of Modi "Dialogue is the only way to resolve conflicts”. This essentially would result in probable homecoming of many estranged youth back to the democratic process if this is done with honesty and conviction.

This cosmetic unison has to be infused with integrity in the interest of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The elections in Kashmir usually revolve around political resolutions and good governance and the institution of Chief Ministership has been lately  weakened, owing to political compulsions and lack of free decision making. However subscribing to spirit of honesty and fair analysis, Mehbooba Mufti's stance on 35 A and her seemingly crystal clear response to New Delhi. It is in accordance to the pulse of the people is a small step for reconstruction of this institution. Nobody hints that PDP and the National Conference should forge an alliance or to bite dust with their contravening ideologies but they must follow the basic principle of political honesty and be faithful to their people in whatever they do. PDP and National Conference have a strong opportunity to regain the lost ground for the mainstream. Congress and the BJP won't do it for they have their own agenda and the regional parties have to take a lead. If they both are able to follow it with sincerity then the youth of this place will find something to hope for.

Tailpiece : Immediate results of this political engagement still stand unseen but it should be taken as a beginning towards what the people of Jammu and Kashmir always wanted, regional parties endearing Kashmir more than their  ‘politics’.



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