Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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Tinderbox Of Insecurities - Bomb Ticking

B L Saraf

Let us face it . Jammu and Kashmir is sitting on a volcano of insecurities of various dimensions and different intensity . Forget about the external dimension , situation within is deteriorating so fast that no one can predict what turn it will take . For sure , if corrective measures are not taken in right earnestness , it won’ be pleasant one . We are insecure - the destabilizing undercurrents are quite palpable . But , as told by the ancestors , life goes on . We do live – not by years or weeks but by minutes . Life just meanders on .

Even in the fleeting moments of living we feel so surrounded by the artificialities that we fail to sift ’ real ‘from the ‘perceived’. Together , both have a deadly effect on our psyche . We truly live in an uncertain world .

Jammu and Kashmir is a microcosm of India where Kashmiris , Dogras and Ldhakis live in an amiable mix , though in different regions . State , as a one political and administrative unit , owes its existence to every section of the society . Dogra rulers , with their politico administrative acumen and valor , gave J & K a geographical and historical identity . They are the real founders of the State , as it stands today , with a slight vivisection suffered in 1947 . Kashmiris added art , craft and intellect to its lustre .Ladhakis have been guarding it on the North eastern side against all odds .

To the misfortune , today , every section of the society feels unsettled . Muslims in Kashmir have their causes to nurse a hurt feeling and suffer insecurity . They do have complaints against the Government of India but certain developments that are happening within the Valley have rattled them, no end . May be in a notion or in realty , ISIS is surfacing in the Valley giving a new dimension to their worry What happened at Jamia Musjid Srinagar a few days ago is taken as a challenge not only to Mirwaiz but to the whole Muslim Community . But see where insecurity lies .When ISIS first surfaced in Kashmir Ali Shah Geelani and other separatists denounced it . But the denouncement appeared circumspect and low in tone . Some may dismiss it a sign of contradiction , as has been their attitude on many issues - but one cannot fail to notice the extent of insecurity people suffer in Kashmir on this account . Because nobody knows who may come calling next day . Then there is an ideological content and the stereotyped political rhetoric to be taken care of which cofounds the situation .

The fear of gun and the trend of college going boys falling prey to the sectarian propaganda is another cause of worry in Kashmir . No wonder calls from Kashmir have started going to Syed Slahuddin ,living in Pakistan , to stop this business of death and mayhem . To many people in the Valley , the ill trained young boys are proving cannon fodder “ whose corpses are paraded as symbol of unity “ without any purpose being served . Many concerned Kashmiris take this misadventure as “ an invitation to the annihilation of youth “

People living in Jammu province have their own apprehensions to narrate . Those living in plains undergo a feeling that a siege has been laid around them with an intent to alter the demography . The fear is not totally unfounded . It must be said to credit of Jammu Dogras that they have taken into fold all kinds of people who descended on to the city and around . Their concern of being overwhelmed by the people coming from Myanmar , Bangladesh and beyond can’t be brushed aside lightly .

WP Refugees are roaming rootless in a state, denuded of the basic citizenry rights, where they have been living for 70 years . POK displaced have an uncertain future . Pandits , having been thrown out of the home , wander in exile in their own state and the country , with a demeaning suffix of ‘ Migrant ‘ . All of them have justifiable claims of securing basic Human Needs and the Rights , and a care for the unattended sensibilities . Budhists in Ladakh and Shias in Kargil come up with their socio-political complaints .

No doubt the security scene continues to be threatened but the tale of social and political inequalities suffered by the people cannot bear neglect , anymore . Security agenda has to be enlarged , with a new definition and enlarged dimension . Gun may give us physical security but how can emotional and psychological safety be ensured for a common man ? It can’t be restricted to one area or one community . The effort must be holistic .

There is a lack of transparency in the matter of governance . That has deepened the mistrust and aggravated the sense of insecurity . What worsens the scenario is a notion of politics of protection which everyone believes in and , curiously , holds it against the other . How unfortunate that we have a contestation on the insecurities , too . For that blame lies at the door of State whose time to time actions have cultivated the sense that has emphasized the contestations . It is for us not to act differently to the deprivations of one another ,though ways to sort out one another’s handicaps may vary . It has to be borne in mind that unattended issues pose a common threat .

Whose security is one securing in the security policy and knowledge ? Insecurities could be political and economical . It is up to the government to rearrange the situation and construct a proper and result oriented response . It is a real subject . There is no scope for too much of philosophy of knowledge to be employed to resolve the issue . We have to introduce claims of insecurity created by non- state actors also . They are specially critical and cannot be declared as a bye product of a political movement . The matter calls for a State – Centre vision of security . However , the desired security will make sense only when each section of the society , if not an individual , is made a primary referent .

Questions remain : why every one in the state feels distraught ?

Bomb is ticking !

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

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