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Talk To Stakeholders -where are they ?





By B L Saraf



Yashwant Sinha led group of ‘ concerned citizens ‘ and former NSA , in Delhi ; Mirwaiz Ummer Farooq , Farooq Abdullah and Ghulam Nabi Azad , here , all , are exhorting Modi led Central government to initiate talks with the “ Stake holders “ in Kashmir , to arrest the deteriorating situation which has consumed lives of so many young and old . Reference to the Agenda of Alliance which forms a basis for the present PDP-BJP state government is , additionally , made to buttress the point . Rightly they say , let the tongue do the talking rather than delegate it to the gun .


There is no substitute to the talks . But there has to be someone to talk to . Who are the ‘ stake holders ‘ ? The question defies answer. Thanks to the Central Government , Pakistani security and intelligence agencies , separatists and the mainstream political players , the tribe of ‘ stake holders ‘ in J &K is growing by leaps and bounds . So much so that the ‘ real stake holder’ is lost in the way . As if there was any dearth in the tribe , a person in Delhi has created one more category of the stake holders . The former NSA calls it “ un attached militant “ who is responsible for the bulk of current wave of violence in the Valley . The definition of the “ unattached militant “ falls flat the moment we try to delink him from the general militancy that ails the State . It is , indeed , hard to believe that a ‘ militant ‘ can survive for long in Kashmir by remaining ‘ unattached ‘ to the forces operating across the LOC .



It is a tragedy that after losing power the mainstream political class has preferred to stoke fire in the Valley .Then we have a Post – retirement brigade of the public servants , who seem to have acquired wisdom the night after relinquishing a plum government post . While enjoying fruits of administrative power and pelf , attached to their statutory and Constitutional posts , these columnists , now , see everything bad which they, conveniently, overlooked or failed to take care of when in power . They go on pontification without making an effort to come out with a solution to salvage the deteriorated situation . It is time for them to give up reticence and come out with a clear solution . True , the State faces a complex challenge where we can’t have a straight jacketed solution . Nonetheless , an attempt has be made .It could start with a sort of interlocution between the agitating youth and the political class . Or else , we can say same about them which a journalist has said about the retired generals and ambassadors of our neighboring country .



Commenting upon the present activism of former ambassadors and Army Generals for democracy and abhorrence towards Military rule , Pakistani author and journalist Raza Rumi writes in his book Factitious Path – Pakistan’s Democratic Transition “ many a former ambassador , the recent cohort to jump into the fray of political activism , has found a great post – retirement vocation . Once the plush tenures are over and all that could be extracted from the holy state cow has been extracted now is the time to speak the truth and condemn military dictatorship . Convenient and opportune ! ”



Coming back to the question of ‘ Stake holders’ , many feel that Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Miwaiz Ummer Farooq still hold a considerable sway over the “ the misguided youth” and can influence their actions . Both of them and many others , if approached , could play a positive role in restoration of peace in the Valley - peace for resolution of the ‘ political issue ‘. The process could start with an appeal to the youth to shun path of stone pelting and take one to the school . By then , hopefully , we may be able to find real stake holders , so as to pressurize the state authorities to come forward for a meaningful and result oriented talks with them . We trust , the displaced Pandit , original inhabitant , will find himself among those stake holders .
Some days back , BJP President , Amit Shah , while speaking to the civil society members in Jammu , said “ J &K is nucleolus of BJP .” He must understand that for so to happen , even a fraction , BJP led Central government and its partnered government , in the state , must show a human face to the Kashmiris . Supreme indifference has never worked anywhere . Certainly it won’t work in Kashmir . BJP must understand that it will do no good , to any one, to see Valley in compartments while assessing severity of the situation .




(The author is a Former Principal District & Sessions Judge. Feedback- [email protected] )



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