Radicalized: Am I?

More important than declarations are actions, such as making development for all possible and upholding the democratic rights of the citizens. But as soon as Narendra Modi led BJP came to power the political paradigm in India changed and the scholarly brigade of the BJP started to roll out their kind of terminology. It is not that the previous government was without a blemish, but the state of affairs was not as grave as it is now in India. The BJP brigade started to target the people on the basis of their eating behavior and even on holding ideas other than the BJP’s, as their politics spins around communalizing the society or in a way we can call it “radicalizing” the youth. In a recent statement given by INC’s Tom Vadakkan, on an NDTV show, he said that the “radicalization has become an industry”, and he was right in saying so, as it was the same industry which helped Modi in 2014 elections, and the same policy is functional post 2014 as well, be it killing people on the basis of eating beef or suffocating the right to freedom of expression and so on. For the people of India, who were expecting Acchay Din, the tables turned in such a way that they had to prove their nationalism in order to live in their own country. And those who refused to follow such fascist diktats were branded as anti-national and suggested to leave India. The reason and rationality were confronted by the delusion and delirium, which the Indian state, since inception, is executing in Kashmir.

In relation to the Kashmir, previously, such scholars had restricted the usage of the words of their glossary to “militants”, “sympathizers”, “extremists” and “separatists”, but now the inventory is being made non-exhaustive and the word “radicalized” is being used recurrently as, in an unprecedented experience, the unarmed youth of Kashmir are taking on the army at the encounter sites. This, for sure, depicts the love and affection of Kashmiris towards the militants and their cause and it also depicts their resilience. And why shouldn’t the youth pick up the arms and stones to wrestle the oppression, where a democratic deficit is symbolized and every democratic channel to dissent or contest is choked. That is what people do to fight tyranny and same was done by the Indian nationalists during British Raj. There were the people who the British used to address as extremists, and yes no one has forgot the Mutiny of 1857. Were they all radicalized? The Indian regime in Jammu and Kashmir provoke the violence by committing grave offences which are obscured with greater violence, which also has become an industry, and this supplements the hatred towards the Indian state. In Kashmir the so called security forces are trigger happy and the Indian state always remains dedicated to divert the attention from their misconduct, which leaves the “rule of law” in shreds. It is a fact, defended by the Amnesty and other human rights organizations, that the internationally recognized human rights are grossly violated in Kashmir and even the constitutionally guaranteed rights is a sham here. Domestic and international laws are not just prescribed cliché systems, but the general meaning and implications are clear enough and Indian state has not even shown a bit of decency towards either one.

The rhetorical frameworks which are a “durable” and “crucial” of Indian diplomacy with respect to the Kashmir inherited and convoluted by the succeeding legion of Indian statesmen which fundamentally remains unchanged over the time has again been rejuvenated, whereby the Indian intellectuals are promulgating and emphasizing on the “radicalization”, as well as are trying to create a binary around the words “educated” and “unemployment“, and is one of the frameworks under which the Indian state is attempting to obfuscate the real issues related to the Kashmir. The youth of Kashmir either educated or uneducated is well aware of the facts, the conflict and the situation in Kashmir, where the word conflict is a common euphemism for India’s aggression. The Kashmiri youth do know about the mass graves, the people who disappeared in thin air, and the rapes that were committed to suppress the dissenting voices, which is not abstract. The youth do not need to get acquainted with sufferings which the Kashmiris have put up with, and the present course of joining militant ranks is more of an “action-reaction” binary. The fact remains that the dictionary of the Indian intellectuals is trying to distort the meaning of the word “radicalization”, in relation to Kashmir, in a pretty euphemistic manner. Indian state also needs to understand the fact that the education exposes a person to the realm of understanding and becoming conscious about the reality, which has served its purpose in the Jammu and Kashmir as well. And for the sake of argument if it is taken that the educated youth prefer gun and stones over a secure career, then India needs to ponder, why? By labeling the educated youth of the valley as “radicalized”, the Indian state is trying to portray the youth as the economically frustrated lot and is trying to center the issue on the economic facet, which outrightly needs to be dismissed. The concept is repeatedly deployed to justify the destruction of peace and to impose the puppet regimes in order to guarantee the stability.

Furthermore, the another framework Indian state is attempting to create is the phrase “law and order situation” and by saying that the Kashmir issue is nothing more than a law and order problem, depicts either the non-serious attitude of Indian state towards solving the Kashmir dispute or the lack of understanding the dispute itself. In order to make a good understanding of the term “law and order situation” the government of India needs to analyze the recent events in Haryana or the Patel agitation in Gujarat and compare the standard operational procedures, in relation to Kashmir, with which both the disturbances were dealt with. There has been an effect: some people are synchronized to this propaganda. But none of this has ever conceived the intended objects in past neither will it serve the purpose at present or in future. It is very hard to subsist with cognitive dissonance: only a true skeptic can trust in one thing and do/say another.

Politics of Packages.

This blood which has disappeared without leaving
a trace,
Isn’t part of written history: who will guide me to it?
It wasn’t spilled in service of emperors,
It wasn’t offered in rituals of sacrifice,
No cup of absolution holds it in a temple, It wasn’t shed in any battle,
No one calligraphed it on banners of victory.
[Faiz Ahmad Faiz, in Rebels Silhouette, translated by Agha Shahid Ali.]

On November 07, 2015 the Prime Minister of India will visit Kashmir and is supposed to address a gathering at Sher-E-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar. On the same day the separatists, as they call them, have called for a Million Men March towards the TRC in Srinagar. But the separatists will not be allowed to hold the March ( which otherwise is their democratic right) and the crack down on them has already been initiated. This symbolizes the ideological divide between the two which has got manifested into the so called Kashmir dispute. This also symbolizes the fear psychosis that both the governments are suffering from. In a democracy the ideological differences are addressed to and not curbed like in an autocracy. Then can we say that Indian state has donned a democratic mask to an autocratic rule in Kashmir?

India and Pakistan as well as UNSC which has Kashmir dispute still on agenda, consider 1947 as the date of birth of this tragedy. But this in fact is the date when Indo-Pak skirmishes started due to the cunning policies of the Britishers. According to me, Kashmir dispute has its roots in 1586 when Mughals invaded Kashmir and the last scion of the Kashmiri rulers i.e. Chaks were annihilated and burried in Bihar. Every regime that ruled Kashmir from 1586 was oppressive towards the Kashmiris in general and muslim majority in particular. All of these regimes tried hard to keep Kashmir a part of their territories either for the economic value or the strategic/defense value. For India kashmir is
important in both ways. By the invasion of Mughals , Kashmir lost its independent statehood and was merged in the mughal conquest map. Indian invasion of Kashmir is not an exception to this policy. On a similar pattern , India invaded Kashmir through Dogra ruler who had bought Kashmir for 75 Lakhs from the Britishers, the sale which Kashmiris were not able to resist at that time.

The Dogra ruler had gazed at Kashmir through the economic prism, as he saw huge wealth and free labour in Kashmir. The Dogra period was a dark one for Kashmiris which still over shadows their lives. In 2015, the time and players have changed but the policy remains the same, as is believed by majority of Kashmiris. The people in Kashmir believe that time and again Indian governments have announced economic packages for their own good and not for Kashmiris. They believe that the money that flows through Jawahar Tunnel is utilized for India’s own interests.

They are of the notion that the money, if given, shall not be utilized for the developmental works beneficial for Kashmiris but will be back-tracked at the doors of Indian parliament. The money may be utilized for setting up colonies or the colonial type power projects that are of no benefit to the Kashmiris. When it comes to filling old wine in new bottles, Indian politicians have got a great expertise in it. They are trying to hide their failures in Kashmir and are colluding against the independent existence of Kashmir.

The Million Men March call and 2010 intifada is the proof that India needs to think beyond the economic packages as such packages have neither been able to win over the hearts of Kashmiris in past nor will it serve their intended purpose in present or future. The curbs on separatists is also doing no good to the ‘economic package’ policy of New Delhi as on one side they rant reconciliation and on the other they are watering the plant of dissent that has roots in the hearts of the people, thus the economic package seems to be a mere
eye-wash. Instead of an economic package all what Kashmiris need is a political package. But when New Delhi instead keeps ranting economic package, it proves that they are determined to live in ignorance and denial which exposes their cynical beliefs. During the visit of all-party delegation to Kashmir in 2010, the Indian political class had altogether accepted the political nature of Kashmir. Now on 7th November, we hope the rulers of the present time do not re-sell us for a 90K crore jibe, to start a darker period for the people of Kashmir whose eyes are stuck to the sky in hope of some sun-shine. Kashmir, right from the period of Mughal invasion, has been stripped off its independent existence and whenever they raised voice they were crushed like ants. If New Delhi wants the plant of peace to grow in Kashmir which cannot happen by putting it under a fluorescent bulb but instead needs to be exposed to the real sunlight.