Every morning Kashmir wakes up to the rattle and boom of guns ,a beautiful but cursed valley nestled in the Himalayas, for the last three decades now , as a result of militancy aided and abetted by the belligerent Pakistan.
The terrorists have infiltrated deep inside Kashmir and create violence against the Indian soldiers day in and day out. There is miasma of despair and de s p o d a n c y writ large on the faces of Kashmiris and all over Kashmir.
Armed Paramilitary soldiers on the streets fighting radicalized local militants along with terrorists from Pakistan, hartals and protests at the behest of separatists and Hurriyat leaders have made life very difficult for the average Kashmiri .who believes in peace and tranquility for one and all.
Nearly three wars have been fought so far between the two countries and the enemity is deep rooted and no sign of rapprochement in the offing to come through.
Violence and anxiety has flared up again in Jammu and Kashmir following the lobbing of a grenade at a crowded bus stand in Jammu on Thursday 7th March 2019.,killing two persons and injuring more than 30.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police identified the suspect as 13 year old Kashmiri militant from south Kashmir ‘s Kulgam , had been arrested immediately. He was ordered by the Hizbul Mujahideen commander to carry out the dreadful task.
According to the advisor (home department) J&K Governor ,K.Vijay Kumar told press reporters in Srinagar “ the accused is an ordinary youngster and made into a mercenary”. source Indian Express.
Interestingly around the same time, a video of two men wearing saffron shirts beating Kashmiri street vendors in the northern Indian city of Lucknow went viral .
The two incidents heightened the tensions in the region and incidentally bound to stoke hatred and animosity between Hindus and Muslims before flaring into a communal riot.
India is still in a war like situation though temporarily eased out by the return of our IAF Pilot MR Abhinandan Varthaman safely on a good friendly gesture by Pakistan. Hence both sides posturing only but in reality neither wants a war at the moment.
There is tendency to draw distinction between external security and internal security. but a closer view will determine that condition of one has an impact on the other. In other words any kind of laxity on internal security has terrible repercussions on the external security more paramount for the safety of the nation.
This is what exactly happened in relation to the internal administration of Kashmir.
Terrorism in Kashmir has been a great threat for last three decades and has eaten like a moth into the country’s internal security .
It continues to be so as we witnessed the Pulwama holocaust where 40 paramilitary personnel were killed in by a suicide bomber.
Earlier also there were threats of Maoism ,contained to a large extent now, if not eliminated in totality , the separatism in Punjab in the 1980’s was wiped out in the state completely. The language problem,most flagrant one one time, a lot of lives lost in Tamil Nadu, was solved with great alacrity and in right spirit .
Why Kashmir impasse cannot be solved ?
In dealing with Kashmir impasse we need to follow two pronged strategy in resolving the same for good.
1/ Firmness and determination in elimination of terrorism in the state.
2/ To follow a conciliatory policy and taking confidence building measures with fairness towards the people of Kashmir .
The firmness and determination in elimination of terrorists and terrorism calls for complete sealing off both international Border as well as Line of Control. The military strategists in confidence with the Ministry of Defence should be able to draw up plans of action to thwart infiltration in totality.
Right from building impregnable barriers to more often surgical strikes could be thought some of the provisions among many others to be decided by the Military Generals. and the experts.
currently the infiltration is very high .The year 2017 there were 136 infiltrations and in 2018 upto October only it was 128.The year ending report could be much more.
As far as J&K is concerned the current policy of muscular militaristic may be good at controlling at the borders but not vis -a -vis in dealing with the people of the valley. As on today it has driven young men to more radicalization and into the lap of militant groups .
The people need to be weaned away and to be developed into a patriotic citizens.
The feeling of alienation among Kashmiris young and old is undeniable.
The alienation of youth however needs to be addressed otherwise the situation will acquire larger proposition without any recourse to normalcy. Pakistan could use the radicalized youth in a more lethal way to foment Taliban like militancy.in the state.
The Pulwama attack has been responded adequately by attacking Jaish –e-Mohammad camps in Balakot.and the expected Pakistani counter there by establishing its blatant belligerency.But the return of IAF Pilot immediately quietened the war like situation though temporarily.
As of now crisis is blown over.
With the LOK SABHA elections in the offing –11th April , as announced by the Election Commissioner, The Govt in place BJP will try to derive advantage on PM Narender Modi’s decisiveness and the opposition would try to deny him to cash on it.
In the melee of elections India should not forget to put relentless diplomatic pressure on Pakistan through world leaders to be black listed in case it does not stop offering even a modicum of shelter to the terrorists growing on their soil.