Kashmir: Youngsters think JK is Harry Potter author
New Delhi, March 14: The proceedings in Parliament have been disturbed, BJP activists try to storm Assembly session in Jammu and Srinagar again suffers due to curfew. Will these acts help in resolving the Kashmir issue? No.
For a generation of young voters, JK means Harry Potter's author JK Rowling and they cannot connect to the fact that JK means Jammu and Kashmir. The political class need to act before it falls of the next generation's psyche.
For once Prakash Karat is right and his statement on Kashmir is worth considering. Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat on Thursday said that political thought process should be given more consideration to restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
"The problem of J&K cannot be sorted out just by the security forces, a lot of political thought has to be installed in order to restore peace," Karat said today and he is right.
The point is political thought and not politics over the state that can be starting block for building trust and integration of Kashmir Valley with the mainstream India.
Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah skips ceremony in memory of slain jawans of CRPF because he is playing politics over the special powers act for the armed forces.
Even an adjournment motion on the killings, moved in the legislative assembly by the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP), was disallowed today.
Deputy speaker Sartaj Madni, who was in the chair on Thursday morning, rejected the motion moved by the three legislators of the JKNPP demanding that normal business be suspended and an adjournment motion considered on the situation arising out of the killing of five CRPF men by terrorists in Srinagar.
Madni said that since Abdullah had made a statement in the House on Wednesday after the incident, and the house had voiced its concern Wednesday evening, there was no justification for admitting the adjournment motion.
The JKNPP leader of the legislature party Harsh Dev Singh lamented that the house did not have time to discuss such a major issue as the fidayeen strike, while it had discussed last week the Feb 9 execution of Afzal Guru, convicted of conspiring the 2001 attack on parliament.
This kind of politics will not help in resolving the Kashmir issue, on the boil since the Independence. Pump in funds and economic development can generate goodwill and an urge to be part of Indian union.
To achieve such an objective a strong political will is required.
Some kind of resolute attitude was shown by Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj. On Thursday she cornered the government on the terror attack and said that instead of challenging each other in Parliament, the parties should challenge Pakistan.
"Let us stand together and challenge Pakistan rather than challenging each other. A united voice should come from the Parliament challenging terrorism. Let us not waste our energy in challenging each other,"she said today in Parliament.