Pulwama attack: Strengthen the local leadership and political process to isolate cross border terrorist organizations

Pulwama CRPF attack

The terror attack in Pulwama (J & K) which killed more than 30 CRPF personnel is a grim reminder of the fact that these things are not possible if the ‘friendly’ regime in Pakistan deal with them seriously. The Pakistan based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed the responsibility of this suicide attack. We know that on both the sides of border, there are people who do not wish peace and love between the two nation even when it is a known fact that a majority of the people both in India and Pakistan wish peace and good relationship with each other. No organization can carry such blasts unless they have got powerful support of the establishment.

Narendra
Modi’s government has completely failed in bringing peace and normalcy in Jammu
and Kashmir. It tried to play with Kashmir and use the situation for its
political purposes in rest of India. There is no political initiative in the
state. Today, it is run directly under the Central government and yet situation
is tense and uncontrolled. The government and its establishment are completely
concluded that the issue is totally administrative and to dealt with iron hand
and militarily which is self-destructive.

As India go
for polls in the coming days, we might face more efforts from those who want
India to be in perpetual crisis. We know a failed government will communalize
it at all level as they want the elections to be fought on the binaries of Hindus
and Muslims. Their PR agencies are already working overtime to create riots in
the college campuses and this dastardly attack too will be used as a tool.

The security forces are doing a tough job in Kashmir. The government has created a situation where the work of our Jawans, who live far away from their families, have become not only physically challenging but mentally disturbing for them. Those who shouts slogans in their paid headquarters must know that fighting a battle all the time create lots of distress. It became more difficult if you have alienated the majority of the people of the area.

Vidya Bhushan Rawat
Vidya Bhushan Rawat

The answer
to terrorist organization like the Jaish lies in our combine strength and
determination to stay together and resolve all our issues democratically.
Jargon and chest thumping do not work at the battle field. The fact of the
matter is Kashmir for Pakistan is their unfinished task of justification of two
nation theory. India’s respective governments failed in respecting the
sentiments of the Kashmir people and continued to play with its sentiments and
fixing it up in their nationalistic agenda. The ground situation worsened as
economy crashed, political system was just for the name sake and presence of
armed forces all the time.

In the last
five years, the attempt to isolate Kashmiris and term each one of them as anti-national,
deliberately provoking and challenging them even when they might have been
raising their genuine demands have finally backfired. Today, the Kashmiri
youths are isolated and the Islamic Jihadis in Pakistan want to play with it
and convert the entire battle between the Muslims and non-Muslims. The Sangh
Parivar and its various offshoots have only helped aggravate the situation and
given much ammunition to these radicals on the other side of the border to
create narrative that Muslims can’t get any justice in India. You cannot build
bridges with people by one side lynching people, challenging their loyalty to
nation and deny them justice.

Pakistan’s
ruling apparatus has definitely been still instrumental in such ghastly crime
and the Imran Khan led government will have to show some spine to take these
terror organizations head on. There cannot be a compromise on such issues which
threaten the local people and sandwich them between the terrorists and security
forces.

This is a
sad day. These jawans who serve our nation through forces are actually sons of
our Kisans, the farmers. Most of them come from difficult backgrounds and look
for a better life. It is time when the government strengthen the political
process in the valley, bringing normalcy there and speak tough to Pakistan. If
a terror organization is openly taking up responsibility then it needs to be
dealt with all seriousness. Irresponsible talks and show of masculinity for
making the political devotees happy will only boomerang. We know the street
rabble-rousers will find it useful to build their anti-Muslim narrative which
might suit their political interest but will be detrimental for the nation.

The answer
lies in winning Kashmir with big heart, more decentralization, more democratization,
allowing political parties and civil society to flourish and rule through
people and not via the agents of the Delhi Sarkar.  Government need to investigate the issue
seriously and take appropriate measures but I reiterate again, don’t treat
Kashmir issue a purely administrative one. Speak to diverse sections of people,
bring them to negotiation table and only then the terrorists and their
promoters can be isolated and made destroyed.

Again, we
condemn these killings of Jawans of our forces and express our deep condolences
with the families of these martyrs who dedicated their lives for our safety and
security. It is also time to think of better and democratic strategies to bring
normalcy in the valley so that army and para military forces can crush any cross-border
attempt to create unrest in the valley. Using paramilitary and army for
domestic purposes as administrative bodies like local police actually make the
work of these organizations difficult and tense. The jawans hail from different
regions and find it tougher to deal these situations which need local help
which is only possible if you understand local sentiments and respect the
cultural values.  Therefore, it is
essential that government leave its obsession of handling J & K from Delhi
and central forces but encourage local leadership in handling this. Let
government create an environment now so that political process takes the center
stage and our forces focus on ensuring our borders safe so that such gruesome
and dastardly attacks are not repeated and innocent lives are not lost.

Vidya Bhushan Rawat

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