Will Kashmir finally see political change? – Cashmere reader
The view of political leaders from all national and regional political parties in the Jammu region and the Kashmir Valley standing for a group photo with the Indian Prime Minister, Indian Minister of Interior and the Lieutenant Governor UT of Jammu and Kashmir, was something that gave hope to the people of J&K that they could finally look forward to a restored state and a stable political future.
Jammu and Kashmir has remained in a state of violence, instability, political chaos and economic decline for more than three decades. Meanwhile, the rest of the world has made great progress economically and in other development parameters. Since the early 1990s, the Kashmir Valley in particular has experienced so much instability and turmoil that the people of Kashmir sincerely wish to end this insecurity and political uncertainty.
What happened on August 5, 2019 was the biggest blow that could have been dealt to the former state of J&K. It was therefore a great relief for the people of the Kashmir Valley to see that New Delhi finally, after two years, contacted the political leadership of J&K with an offer of talks to define the future course of action.
Too much media speculation has focused on trying to decipher the centre’s so-called “change of mind” to what it previously sadly described as “anti-national” shenanigans by “Gupkar Gang,” a conglomeration of policies mainly centered on Kashmir. parties. Many analysts have said that the main reason for New Delhi’s awareness in Kashmir could be due to external factors. The electoral loss of the Trump administration, the Chinese aggression in eastern Ladakh, and the planned departure of NATO forces from Afghanistan (near the Kashmir Valley), could have collectively forced New Delhi to resume control. over the completion of his political initiatives on Kashmir, which began with the repeal of section 370.
There is also speculation that even Pakistan has finally come to terms with the futility of its Kashmir mishap and that there are secret talks between India and Pakistan to ensure that the electoral political process and governance by elected representatives rests in Jammu and Kashmir. These speculations are reinforced by the fact that the Western Front that borders Jammu and Kashmir has been relatively peaceful over the past two years and that there has been a drastic reduction in militancy and internal violence in the Cashmere, all indicating that the current period is the best time. relaunch political negotiations.
The SDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir have made it clear that the old political system continues to rule over the people of Jammu and Kashmir. In particular, Kashmir-centric parties like the National Conference and the PDP cannot be ignored. Therefore, it was a pleasant sight to see Mehbooba Mufti and the father-son duo of Farooq and Omar Abdullah, as well as the staunch leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, invited for talks with the Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of the ‘India.
From all the journalistic sources available, it is clear that the interviews took place in a cordial atmosphere and that all participants freely expressed their views. They expressed their demand not only to restore statehood for J&K, but also to bring back Section 370 and Section 35A. The center, it is believed, was keen to complete the demarcation process and hold elections in the UT alongside the state restoration negotiations. On a positive note, which is seen as a major concession on the part of the Kashmir-centric leaders, the National Conference appeared to publicly agree that state restoration was not necessarily a prerequisite for holding an election. in Jammu and Kashmir.
All of these developments bode well for the political future of Jammu and Kashmir, which has faced consecutive security and economic challenges, exacerbated by the economically devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which has even crushed an otherwise booming economy. from the Jammu region. It is also necessary that the process of reshaping the political landscape of Jammu and Kashmir undertaken two years ago finally culminates in the holding of elections and the handing over of governance to the elected representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. . While most will not say it openly, the political specter of the Kashmir Valley and its people is now reconciled with the fact that Section 370 and Section 35A will never return, even if the BJP government does return. not in power in 2024..
In a way the last two years, despite the uproar, have indirectly sealed the political fate of Jammu and Kashmir and if anyone, especially in the Kashmir Valley, had the idea to change once plus the political map of Southeast Asia, this has been set aside. . The people of Jammu and Kashmir really want to move forward and get back all that they have lost over the past three decades. There is a genuine desire to move forward, especially among the people of the Kashmir Valley, who have lost just about everything over the past three decades in an elusive quest for something that ultimately shattered their state. and brought immense misery to the people. It is an absolutely perfect time to complete the administrative and political process of reorganizing Jammu and Kashmir and restore self-respect and dignity in the courtesy of the union of India.