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Amitabh wants Delhi to recognise Kashmiri dissidents
Frustration
6/8/2012 12:29:41 AM
RUSTAM
JAMMU, June 7: Former Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University Amitabh Mattoo, along with his equally perverted colleague Happymon Jacob, has come out with a critique on the interlocutors' report on Jammu and Kashmir. The critique titled "Farce in three parts" appeared in The Hindu on June 4. The frustrated and disappointed Mattoo and Jacob have, like all the Kashmiri extremists, outrightly rejected outright the interlocutors' report and said it "will prove to be counter-productive and could further strengthen the sentiment in the State that the Government of India is not serious about a resolution of the problems of Jammu and Kashmir". They have several grouses against the interlocutors. One of their grouses is that the Government of India had not mandated the interlocutors to negotiate peace with "dissidents" (read extremists and separatists in Kashmir).
How else should one interpret the operative part of their critique? The operative part reads like this: "It was not yet another document that we needed to resolve the multiple conflicts in the State, but a genuine political process of reconciliation between the people of the State and New Delhi. Many dissidents from the State opposed this panel of interlocutors because they believed that the group did not have a mandate to negotiate peace, and that this was merely a diversionary tactic to buy time. One-and-half-years later, they stand vindicated".
Who are these "dissidents"? Syed Ali Shah Geelani, an ardent believer in the concept of two-nation and the one whose single-point agenda all along has been to ensure the state's merger with Pakistan; Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a staunch votary of the state's separation from India and the one who consistently talks of trilateral negotiations and who has been advocating the acceptance of the former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf's four-point formula as a first step towards the final goal (complete separation from India); Yasin Malik, the protagonist of the state's independence from both India and Pakistan; Shabir Ahmad Shah, a votary of right to self-determination and separation from India; and so on. There are several other "dissidents" in Kashmir and some of them include Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Nayeem Khan,to mention only a few. Significantly, all these "dissidents" do not see eye to eye with each other. In fact, they are after each other's blood. The fact of the matter is that all these Hurriyat leaders, who masquerade as "freedom fighters", are actually self-seekers; they have nothing to do with the aspirations and needs of the people of Kashmir. Leave aside Jammu and Ladakh, where there is hardly any taker for what these "dissidents" say and preach in public and at religious congregations.
Even the National Conference leaders or the owners of the Valley-based National Conference, including Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mustafa Kamaal, could be legitimately termed as "dissidents". For, they stand for limited accession of the state with India. They want New Delhi to exercise some powers in spheres like defence, foreign affairs and communication and leave all other powers to the care of Kashmir. The votaries of self-rule could also be termed as "dissidents" because, they, like the Abdullahs, also see in the central laws or the Indian Constitution a potential threat to the so-called identity of Kashmir and its people. Even some of the Valley-based Congress leaders could be dismissed as "dissidents" because they invariably speak the language of the Abdullahs. For example, there are some top-ranking Congress leaders in Kashmir who vouch for a dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad, between Kashmir and Islamabad and between Kashmir and New Delhi. They, like other "dissidents" and "think-tanks" like Amitabh, take Jammu and Ladakh for granted.
These are some of the "dissidents" Amitabh and Jacob talked about, of course, without naming them. Should one reflect on the implications of what Amitabh and Jacob suggested in their critique? No. There is no need because what they have suggested is self-explanatory. It is indeed shocking that we have in the 21st century "social scientists" like Mattoo who promote fanaticism and advocate secession in their own typical style to placate the Kashmiri "Dissidents" without realising the dangerous ramifications of what they have been saying since years.
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