SRINAGAR October 2: The recent statement of Governor Shri Satya Pal Malik that “neither political parties nor other organizations are so relevant in Kashmir as youth” could have been avoided. Rather, he (Governor) could have advised the political leadership to introspect why the political process in Kashmir is becoming irrelevant. It is not a healthy trend but a serious concern.
The political parties and political process being irrelevant is the reason for anger building up. We hope that the Governor having vast political experience will analyse and see how serious the implications for the people of the state and the country will be if political parties and political process becomes irrelevant. It is due to this reason that the void created by such situations is filled by extremism and violence.
There is need for serious and sincere initiative from political leadership of the country to arrest this trend of making political parties and political process irrelevant. But unfortunately, whatever is happening on ground is contrary to it. On ground only security centric measures are being taken to tackle the situation. Perception is growing that the focus of the policy of New Delhi is only security centric vis-a-vis Kashmir. Governor could have advised the political leadership of the country presently at the helm of affairs to introspect why the political process in Kashmir is becoming irrelevant’
The prevailing unrest is result of denial of justice and neglect. The disillusionment, hopelessness and despondency has led the youth to desperation. There is need to study and analyse the root cause of this problem at the leadership level of the country. But unfortunately over the years, only symptoms are being seen and causes are being ignored.
Our party’s stand has been that it (Kashmir) is not an exclusive law and order issue but a political problem. The alienation is deep and massive. CPI (M) had always been demanding to hold dialogue with voices of dissent in the state. The policymakers need to understand it that nothing could be achieved by force and it is only political dialogue which can bring peace. Violence will only deteriorate the situation further. The issue could be solved only through a dialogue and the biggest issue in Kashmir is alienation among people. If it isn’t addressed, the political uncertainty will continue.
Allegations are pouring in from various parts of the Valley that arrests are being done indiscriminately. Experience confirms that mere use of force and coercion has never helped in resolving issues. The confidence of the youth has been shattered and hopelessness is deepening. It needs to be seen how the confidence of youth is restored. Use of excessive force can’t solve it as ways and means other than use of force have to be found.