State

Elected political leadership must step in and calm people

Shubham Sharma
[ May 01, 2017 ] The latest uprising in the Kashmir Valley is increasingly being equated with the unrest in 2008, which left nearly 120 people dead. Members of the J&K Interlocutors Group, who had submitted a report on the reasons behind that violence and ways to prevent its recurrence, insist that the present situation in the Valley would not have arisen if the UPA government had not ignored their recommendations and the Narendra Modi regime had taken necessary action on time. India’s stand on the issue was very clear and was laid out in the 1994 resolution passed by parliament. The resolution stated that “the only issue to be discussed with Pakistan vis-à-vis Kashmir is to get the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir back into the Indian Union”. Political talks or the common minimum programme are long drawn out processes that take five-seven years to reach acceptable conclusions that would be accepted on the ground. Since they wasted 30 years, the sooner they start the better. The need of the hour was for the elected political leadership to step in and calm the people.Now for the first time since 1947, destiny of the state is in the hands of PDP and BJP coalition. The outcome of the November-December 2014 elections in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was the People’s Democratic Party, backed by the Muslim-majority Srinagar Valley and the Bharatiya Janta Party won 28 and 25 seats respectively out of 87—was their surprising decision to form a “governance alliance”. If we go through the mandate , Kashmir which is Muslim majority rejected National Conference and Congress in 2014 . Ever since 1947 it is first time the Congress and National Conference is on back foot.This mandate clearly defines the expectations of both the provinces i.e. Kashmir and Jammu province. Jammu province who have Hindu majority and gave its mandate to BJP. Mandate of both the provinces were clear. Both the PDP and the BJP released their common minimum programme (CMP) for running the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. Following are the key points of Common minimum programme i.e. to meet the political and economic objectives of the alliance, it is important to create an environment of peace, certainty and stability.The government will be transformed into a "smart government" which will be pro-active, transparent and accountable. It shall be the mission of the government to be the most ethical state in the country from the present day position of being the most corrupt state. The overall economic policy will align the economic structure of Jammu and Kashmir with its own resources, skills and society. The government will ensure genuine autonomy of institutions of probity which include the state accountability commission, vigilance commission, which will be re-designated as transparency commission and an organisation which deals with the Right to Information Act.Following the principles of "Insanity, Kashmiriat and Jamhooriyat" of the earlier NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the state government will facilitate and help initiate a sustained and meaningful dialogue with all internal stakeholders which include political groups irrespective of their ideological views and predilections. The dialogue will seek to build a broad based consensus on resolution of all outstanding issues of the state. The government will examine the need for de-notifying disturbed areas which will as a consequence enable the union government to take a final view on the continuation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in these areas. Article 370: The present position will be maintained on all constitutional provisions including special status. Dialogue with Hurriyat Conference: The coalition government will facilitate sustained dialogue with all stakeholders irrespective of their ideological views. All the land other than those given to the security forces on the basis of lease, licenses and acquisition under the provision of the land acquisition act shall be returned to the rightful owners except in a situation where retaining the land is absolutely imperative in view of a specific security requirement. The government will work out a one-time settlement for refugees from Pakistan occupied Kashmir of 1947, 1965 and 1971.The government will take measures for sustenance and livelihood of the West Pakistan refugees. It will extend all benefits accruing to the people living on the Line of Control (LoC) to the people living on the international border. It will secure a share in the profits of NHPC emanating from Jammu and Kashmir"s waters to the state government. It will reverse all royalty agreements with NHPC.Whole CMP was governance and citizen centric, but present situation is something different. This government is not capable of holding the present situation of Kashmir especially PDP. Mehbooba Mufti fails to meet the expectations of the people of valley, from where she got the mandate.PDP who believes in self-rule and supported Article 370 , on the other hand ,the right wing Hindu fundamentalist BJP ,its coalition partner, who strongly opposed to Article 370 seeing as a threat to unity of the country and fought against it inside and outside of the parliament .Mehbooba Mufti have to tackle the present situation in valley with mutual cooperation with its partners.