JAGMOHAN IS NEED OF THE HOUR IN J&K
FAULTY APPROACH IS NO SOLUTION TO CURRENT CRISIS IN KASHMIR
The critical situation created in Jammu due to follies of the leaderships of PDP and the NC is becoming volatile day by day and there seems to be that the Governor Sh. NN Vohra is adamant to concede the demand of the Sangarsh Smiti for restoration of the land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board
Mr. Jagmohan in his book had expressed his apprehension that a faulty approach would not only prevent solution of the current crisis in Kashmir within a reasonable time and at reasonable cost but also give rise to new complications.And these have arisen.The current economic crisis and its consequences is one.Collapse of the Soviet Union and its fall out is another.Likely emergence of forces of Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia and their exploitation by Pakistan is still another.Recent talk about a third option and fourth option might cause problems of its own type.Some sort of a blueprint for intervention in Kashmir and arm-twisting on NPT is also in hand.
If one looks at the situation in depth and with foresight,it should be clear that the new dangers in India,particularly with regard to its position in Kashmir,have arisen from the current economic crisis and the measures taken to meet it.An economic dependency would not be able to withstand pressures from the west,if at a subsequent stage,the lattr’s interests might demand putting such pressures.At the moment,the west and its instrumentalities like World bank and IMF are taking care to ensure that no uncomfortable feelings are aroused,as India itself is showing inclination to play an assigned role and is on the verge of becoming a vassal state.But what would happen when the process of vassalisation is complete and India stands jacked up,screwed up with little scope to look to any but one direction.
Mr.Jagmohan has expressed that he is not suggesting that the west would necessarily play an unfriendly role.But it might,if its overall interests so require.And it would be quite easy for it to do so,as it would have only to move a few economic levers.The US president recently remarked”our symbol is the Eagle.”The eagle is not merciful by disposition.Soft targets are even otherwise tempting.
A few lessons in this regard could be drawn from the recent happenings in the earstwhile U.S.S.R.First the”reforms”were applauded,and Gorbachev was made a hero.But when it suited the long term interests of the west to have the U.S.S.R broken into smaller states,Gorbchev was not helped.His weak and ineffectual regime helplessly saw the union breaking into pieces.Events were so manipulated that it seemed that the collapse of the union was a consequence entirely of Soviet misdoings and the west had nothing to do with it.Would such a process be repeated in India?is anyone applying his or her mind in this direction?Has anyone thought that the current talk about the third option might turn out to be the first straw in the wind?
Then what does the future hold for Kashmir?what is the solution to the grave crisis?The questions are natural to be asked.But what surprises,the simple answers that are expected.Would a hardline or a soft line be more rewarding?Would administrative measures or a political process be more helpful?Would the status of a confederation or grant of more autonomy help?
As is evident the problems are far more complex,chronic and deeply rooted in the ethos of the country than are assumed.No effective or lasting solution is possible unless the existence of these factors is fully recognized and remedial measures are taken accordingly.Today,when I reflect on my experiences in Kashmir or look at the affairs of the country from higher pedestals,I am struck by the correctness of my feelings.Which ever field I view,I find the shadows of darkness lengthening.A brief insight into the contemporary reality of India in its economy,social problems,institutions,parliament,population,judiciary etc.is necessary to understand its capacity or incapacity to deal with challenges,including those in Kashmir.
So the louder message of the last 44 years is clear that unless there is fundamental reform in Indian society,unless there is re-orientation of the Indian ethos,unless there is something to look to,something to take pride in ,something to idealise about, something to draw inspiration from and some mission or goals to cherish,there would continue to be leadership which would be both unprincipaled and irresponsible,and there would continue to be political parties that would not be able to think beyond cast divisive social justice or hollow and hypocritical secularism.Nothing would yield the desired result.Nothing would make the public sector more efficient or private sector more responsive.Nothing would end the frequent bouts of violence and terrorism.No election would bring peace and stability.
The country requires fundamental reforms in the realm of the ideas,in the realm of motivation,in the realm of the structure of its institutions and their foundation planks.All our current problems have sprung from a diseased base.Hence to find solution to any problem including Kashmir,the existence of the factors as aforementioned has to be fully recognized.