Who are the stakeholders?

National Conference’s demand for autonomy, PDP’s self-rule, separatists’ ‘azadi’ and advice of talking to Pakistan – all these are not worth acceptance. This is New Delhi’s new stance, writes daily Nida-i-Mashriq. The paper further writes that if, none of these groups are stake holders, then who is? National Conference had endorsed accession and worked to promote its stand, whereas Congress saw to it that internal autonomy was eroded, and Mufti Sayeed created a crack in NC’s strong wall, but put every point of view on stake. If these are unreliable now, who is to be trusted now? If it is the so called “third front”, the people thereof have a very small stature and can not win people’s good will. Historical facts can not be erased and all the agreements between two countries can’t be termed obsolete. Pakistan is a party. The people of Kashmir suffer because of Indo-Pak conflict.



The new stance:

         “National Conference’s demand of autonomy is un-implementable, PDP’s self-rule view is not acceptable, separatist’s demand of ‘azadi’ is unacceptable, and Kashmir-based political parties’ demand –cum-advice of negotiations with Pakistan is irrelevant. Well, talks can be held with separatists, but it is essential that they should not plead for Pakistan. This is the new stance or viewpoint which has been put forward in the context of Indo-Pak relations and negotiations for some weeks now. This stand is being put forward by Governor Satya Pal Malik. This stance has been rejected by leading political parties and leaders, whereas a senior leader of Congress P. Chidambaram has called it viceregal mentality. If New Delhi’s new stand has been adopted as a policy through the services of Governor, then who are the stake-holders, with whom talks are supposed to be held? If separatists, NC and PDP are not stake holders, then who is? At the moment there is no talk of the presence of some ‘aliens’ in Kashmir on the political horizon. The Kashmir based mainstream political parties, that have been in power from time to time, who are being called New Delhi’s assets in Kashmir, because they accept accession as non-negotiable/irrevocable, who can’t think of taking any project to logical conclusion without New Delhi’s permission are not trust worthy . If in the light of this new stance, they are thinking of ‘expelling’ them from political horizon, and declaring them unreliable, then which is New Delhi’s new asset in Kashmir, that they think is reliable, trust worthy and loyal? Do these ‘assets’ have that stature, which can be appealing to people.”

The Past Dynamics:

“The new thinking of decision-makers in New Delhi is extremely dangerous for the present as well as future, and can have serious implications, and can destroy everything that comes in its way. National Conference leadership endorsed/ratified accession and promoted this stand, under Congress leadership, the foundations of internal autonomy were eroded overtly as well as covertly. Late Mufti Sayeed founded PDP, and whereas it created a crack in the NC’s strong wall of accession, and weakened it, and at the same time by regular contacts with South Block and North Block, put every viewpoint on stake and caused irretrievable damage. Inspite of the clear cut role played by the two parties, (NC, PDP), now the path of considering these unreliable is being adopted. Is this stand not equivalent to pushing them to wall? If it happens, what is the guarantee that their views on Kashmir will not undergo a change? They also may not keep going on the path that they had adopted for past 30 years. Their political face will change and the ‘third front’ that is being created or formed, will not have the strength to face these two, because the faces (leaders) that third front  is going to present, lack the stature to win public following. They are professional in field, but of a very small stature.”

Historical Facts:

“They may present any new stance or viewpoint, but there are some historical facts, which can not  be refuted or erased. These facts can be bitter  as well as sweet. The bitter fact is that Pakistan is an important party to Kashmir problem. There have been more than hundred rounds of high level talks, besides Track II negotiations. Historical events can’t be effaced or erased– Tashkant Agreement, Simla Agreement, Lahore Declaration, and UN resolutions – by the new strategy. Demanding of negotiations with Pakistan is not an act of betrayal, nor anti-national. There are accepted diplomatic and trade relations between the two. They have not declared each other as enemies, though there are tensions and bitterness’s in relationship. The consequences of these bitter relations are borne by people of Kashmir. No other state has suffered the bloody consequences. The people of Kashmir want to get rid of this painful situation. It is unfortunate that Delhi and Islamabad have made Kashmir a laboratory for testing their political policies. Nevertheless, the inference to be drawn from Governor’s statement is that his mission is political, inspite  of his denial.”


[Courtesy:  Urdu daily Nida-i-Mashriq, Srinagar, Kashmir, October 28, 2018].

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