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2/24/2020 11:35:46 PM

S. Deep Singh

Post 5th August 2019, J&K has come into the spotlight amongst all popular prophecies and boasts of Delhi regarding successful conduct of Panchayat/Municipal polls, pumping of funds for development, Union ministers’ outreach programmes, public darbars of bureaucrats.
Nonetheless if these stiff-necked babus had been able to deliver the goods, India would have by now turned into a happy oasis of a state.
The main focus of the bureaucracy-at-the–helm including the two Khan-brothers remains enjoying cozy, resplendent evenings at sprawling clubs, costly shoppings at out-of-country destinations, enjoying weekends at choice tourist spots of the country.
At least, GOI can safely claim of total peace in the Civil Secretariat, as people scarcely come over there. An eerie calm has something fishy brewing from within.
Two lead questions which beg for a plausible answer:-
Why the biggest princely state of pre-independent India was incised and converted into a centrally administered Union Territory?
Why the protection for purchase of lands and entry into government services, a sweet legacy of the popular Maharaja, has been thrown to the winds.
People are worried and anxious about as to what is the situation in J&K. A simple and precise description of the same could be summed up as-
- A reign of corruption, agent-raj, transfer industry, and bureaucratic high-headedness is on the leash in J&K.
- Least to talk of development, the capital expenditure of J&K in the current fiscal is yet to cross the 500-crore mark.
- A virtual police raj prevails in J&K with right from Naka in-charges/SHOs, upwards till the top, neck-deep in corruption.
- Polarization and division are on an all-time high.
- Political space is shrinking to a virtual naught, I doubt if the government plans to hold elections in J&K, there would be a very few people who are able to ride the tiger in Kashmir.
Modi-Shah duo might create a flutter across the country, post 5th August, train of events in J&K but fact remains that J&K is slipping fast out of New-Delhi’s grip and being a politically and internationally sensitive state, having immense strategical and geopolitical significance to India, it is sinking deep into the morass where from it will be difficult for it to recoil back.
Job sureties and a domicile law have been promised. But nothing concrete has emerged.
Delimitation of assembly segments has been professed. But fact remains flawed census figures which show Kashmir at an edge of fifteen lacs of population may benefit Kashmir province at the cost of Jammu.
All frauds and bunglings have been professed to be unearthed. Tainted officers are still manning pivotal positions in the administration.
Fact remains that two brothers, one is prime accused in Gulmarg land scandal and another who is known to have gobbled up funds meant for militancy operations, are still ruling the roost in the administrative circles.
District Magistrate of Udhampur openly disrespects the national anthem/tricolor during Republic Day celebrations. A big fraud has been kept under the carpet with regard to multi-crore central project on Devika beautification. But there are least takers.
Chairman of Bhim Singh’s Panthers Party, is known to have amassed huge wealth during his tenure as minister in the state cabinet. Hardly a day passes, when he in not seen administering sermons to the central and UT governments.
The status of clueless, visionless, directionless and meaningless, GOI, given the train of events in the recent past could safely be equated to that of Abhimanyu in Mahabharata who once entered the ‘Chakarvyuha’ lacked the knack to come out of it.
The Lt. Governor has uttered twice about restoration of political process. But what shall be its contours, roadmap and other parameters.
Everybody has kept his fingers crossed.
‘The Vajpayee Years’ by A. S. Dulat constitutes an interesting interlogue as to how Vajpayee was on the brink of clicking the jigsaw puzzle in Kashmir. ‘Advani Ji travelled to Pakistan with a view to maintaining good relations with its neighbourers. But the gains and fruits of persistent efforts by various regimes and leaders in saddle at Delhi seem to have lost in the wilderness. Moreso, even if we go by Modi’s speech at Lalkar rally of 2014 at MAM stadium, Jammu, he also speaks of a debate, and not at all absolute revocation, of Article 370.
And a beleaguered, marginalized Pakistan does not mean that GOI’s box-the-compass overtures have travelled properly through the spine of J&K residents.
BJP might win the entire country on J & K plank but it seems to have lost the plot in J & K. Summing up the role and competence of so-called pundits guing the Centre Centre’s reminding one of the golden words of Rupyard Kipling, in 1902, “With the flannelled fools at the wicket or the muddied oafs at the goals”.
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