----- People in J&K and in rest of India may be tempted to put entire blame on Chief Minister Mehbooba and her inexperience for mishandling the situation in Kashmir since she came in power. But in last fortnight two controversies / issues in J&K (i)- NIT Srinagar controversy and (ii)- Curfew in Handwara (due to unrest triggered by killing of three persons by security forces which continue to use lethal bullets on civilians and worst by violating the standard procedures continue to fire above waist and not on legs of protesters) - are mainly due to simple reason that there is not a single pro-India political party and media in J&K as explained below:-
(1)- There are four categories of people in J&K (i)- Who want entire J&K (including POK) with Pakistan (ii)- Who want independence for entire J&K (iii)- Who want entire J&K with India (iv)- Who not only want entire J&K with India but do not mind if in the process of retrieving POK (militarily or otherwise) Pakistan is assimilated back in India individually or through federation of SAARC.
(2)- India is supposed to work through and strengthen said third and fourth category of the people of J&K. But what to talk of regional parties like NC, PDP etc even national parties Congress and BJP are also anti-national and have never raised public demand to retrieve POK (as if merely mentioning in the Constitution or by merely a unanimous resolution by Parliament entire J&K will become integral part of India especially when POK is with Pakistan).
(3)- People should not be surprised at anti-national character of Congress and BJP because it is amply proved the way neither Congress led UPA government nor BJP led NDA government have done anything to recover Rs ~ 1,000 Trillion tax out of black money which has been illegally shown as agriculture income (of thousands of trillions of Rupees) during last 8 years.
(4)- Therefore in such a situation unless a pro-India political party and pro-India media (print and electronic) come into existence in J&K (which will support the cause of and will run on the crucial patronization of said third and fourth category of the people of J&K) nothing is going to improve in J&K and Indian military, instead of taking-on Pakistan military for retrieving POK, will continue to show its ‘bravery’ by training guns at the civilians of J&K under the protection of AFSPA etc.
It is hoped the working age males of J&K will show mercy on their children, women and old people (who have been suffering immensely for decades in J&K due to gory and chronic unresolved Kashmir problem) and will work for launching said pro-India political party and pro-India media (print and electronic) in J&K.
Hem Raj Jain
(Author of ‘Betrayal of Americanism’)