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Force alone is no solution | J&K

 

Force alone is no solution | J&K

Published on :9 Sep,2017 By :- UNT News Desk


Srinagar:The top army commander Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu has made it clear that army alone cannot solve the problems of Kashmir and has hinted that political and administrative measures are important for improving the situation in the Valley.

The Northern Army Commander is not the only person who has underlined the importance of political and administrative measures, which are needed to reach out to the people. The rule of gun cannot prevail forever and bullets are no solution. Even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his I-day speech said that love not bullets can solve Kashmir.
Is it that people at the helm have realized that “might cannot be right” always and using excessive force is no solution. Since the day Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA government has come into power it has always maintained that Kashmir is a settled issue but many people in Kashmir are not ready to toe New Delhi’s line.

The people sitting in Delhi have started asserting that time has come for complete merger of Jammu and Kashmir with union of India and no stone is being left unturned to get the Article 35A, which provides special rights to people of J&K, scrapped.

If Delhi really wants to embrace the people of Kashmir then it has to show some flexibility and provide people with some breathing space. People at the helm are patting their backs for ensuring that situation in Kashmir has improved and it’s much better than the last year. This year somehow government has been able to “enforce peace” and control the street protests.

The Lieutenant General Anbu expressed concern over local youth joining the militant ranks. He emphasized on the fact that young boys need to be brought in the mainstream and their energies should be channelized in a positive way. At present many young boys are languishing in jails. They need to be given a chance. Recently the Education Minister Altaf Bukhari stated that government would get the students released on bail and give them a chance to pursue their careers. Even the Jammu and Kashmir Police Chief S P Vaid said that minors who are lodged in juvenile homes become more radicalized and even become militants.

Statements of the people holding responsible positions are an indication of the fact that “All is not Well” in Kashmir and lot needs to be done to restore normalcy.

It’s high time for New Delhi to pay some heed towards the emerging situation in Kashmir and take the feedback from the ground. Many people believe that lack of political initiative and entire focus of the government being on law and order has pushed the people away.

The ball at present is in the court of the government as it has to decide whether to release the youth from jails or not. Another factor which the people at the helm have to bear in mind is that they have to ensure that young teenage boys and youths are kept busy. Lack of avenues in Kashmir is one of the biggest problems.

Politicians would have to rise above their political affiliations to make people understand that they are their representatives and they (masses) can approach them anytime. People have a common complaint that politicians visit them when elections are around and after polls get over they disappear. Political initiative doesn’t mean only holding talks with separatists and Pakistan. Elected representatives reaching out to the masses is also a part of the political initiative. It’s the state government which has to take a call on whether to  release the youth or not? The people who hold important positions can only suggest. It’s the people at the helm who have to decide and take a final call over the sensitive issues.

The governance during the past few years has taken a hit lot needs to be done to put the system at place and to restore the faith of people in the institutions which run the state. It seems army and police too want that young boys should be counseled. Addressing administrative and political issues is not in the hands of the army and the J&K policemen, who have become the face of the government. Police cannot rely on only using danda. They (cops) need to realize that for the common man they are the first interface  of the government. Policemen should  understand that have to be polite while handling difficult situations which arise every now and then and danda alone is not the only solution.


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