PM Modi must change his Kashmir policy

Terror incident in Kashmir

The alarming situation in Jammu and Kashmir has confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in no mood to restore peace in the Valley and neither he is taking a cue from the rapprochement of Korean Peninsula to initiate dialogue with Pakistan government for saving the lives of Armymen and to allow the country to progress in a friendly environment.

Modi lacks the skills of a leader and therefore he allowed the situation to drift into violence where even students including girls resorted to stone pelting,ultimately leading to alienation of Kashmiris from India and there is a surge in local militancy after the killing of Burhan Wani in 2016.

Director general of police SP Vaid said according to intelligence agencies there has been a rise in the numbers of locals joining the militancy.

Meanwhile, the political situation of Pakistan is in a fluid state after the country’s Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif as the chief of the ruling PML-N over the Panama Papers case.General elections are scheduled to be held in Pakistan in July 2018 to elect members of the National Assembly and only then the Indian government can think of resuming dialogue with Islamabad authorities.

It appears that so far the Modi government at the centre and the PDP-BJP coalition in the state has used hard power to deal with Kashmir and therefore,Muslims in the Valley felt oppressed while giving enough room to Pakistan to propagate globally that Indian government is committing atrocities on Kashmiris, thus making Kashmir a nuclear flashpoint for a larger conflict in the South Asia.

PM Modi has been bragging for wining the elections one after the other but he never sees that after wining the elections what type of governance  BJP is delivering .

India should immediately shun its hug diplomacy and adopt soft and substantial diplomacy to tackle three challenges: First-of minimizing terror attacks to the likes of Pathankot, Second dealing with the Pakistan army to for the ceasefire violation along the border and third,creating an opportunity for peace by engaging with Pakistan authorities.

Another tragic incident of an eight-year-old Kathua girl has triggered international condemnation of the country .

Controversial statements by BJP leaders

Rampur MP Nepal Singh on Indian Army

The BJP parliamentarian from Rampur sparked a controversy while saying that soldiers ought to die. He said, “They will die every day in the Army. Is there any country whose soldiers do not die while fighting? Even in villages if there is a scuffle, at least one person will get hurt. Name a device from which people do not die? Tell one such thing which can stop the bullet. He, however later apologised for his statement.

Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde had criticised the word “secular” and said the BJP government would “amend the Constitution” to remove the word from the Preamble.

BJP-backed Maharashtra MLC Prashant Paricharak sparked outrage amongst soldiers after making controversial comments about Army wives at an election rally.

While addressing a rally, Paricharak said, “He (the soldier) happily tells (his colleagues) that his wife has given birth to a baby boy…but he has not visited home for a whole year.”

Indian government should rather work for the resolution of the Kashmir crisis as Army Chief Bipin Rawat has admitted that there is no military solution and the security forces can only create conditions for a political settlement. The BJP has also opposed the recent amnesty given to the stone-pelters by the state government.

Moreover, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Speaker and former Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh termed the objection raised by the Army over construction of house on the plea of ‘security risk’ on his land as politically motivated.

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has moved the J&K High Court to stay construction of Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh’s house near an ammunition depot at Nagrota. It’s time to change the Kashmir policy and Prime Minister Modi should use his upcoming visit to Kashmir on May 19, by announcing a unilateral ceasefire which Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has demanded the relaxation in cease-fire of Operation All Out in Kashmir.

Mufti opposed “Operation All Out”, saying that the gun was not the solution. Kashmir can be brought back to normalcy only by talks and by holding the hands of the youths, she said.

It is pertinent to mention that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had announced a similar ceasefire in 2000.

The Central government should initiate dialogue with all stakeholders on the clearly defined issues so that the normalcy can be brought to the Valley so that the  restrictions on internet services can be lifted and  educational institutions can be opened.

Blog: By Arti Bali,

(Senior Journalist)

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