Syed Ali Shah Geelani , the name which itself sparks controversy in India. The man who believes that Kashmir should be freed from India. Now as Indian when one reads such things naturally and instinctively one begins to react emotionally. How can any Indian even tolerate to hear that someone wants one of Indian states to be separated from India?
Solutions to problems can never be emotional reactions. We (India and Pakistan) have paid heavy price due to emotional reactions do the concerns which could have been handled in more mature way which might have either not seen partition or if partition would have been the only solution , we wont have seen so many deaths of Hindus , Muslims and Sikhs during partition.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani today was called for India Today Conclave. Invited by Organizer to speak upon Kashmir : What Next?. The podium was shared by Syed Ali Shah Geelani , Farooq Abdullah and Arif Mohammad Khan . Farooq was first to address where he said that we cannot accept other division while arif quote maulana azad and state that partition is root cause of problem.
As geelani addressed there was boos by kashmiri pandits . Kashmiri pandits have been sufferer of terror activities initiated by ISI and actualized by terror groups like Harkat , Lashkar , Jaish to name few. Kashmiri pandits have suffered in name of religion most , they had to flee their own land because of radical Islam. Their boos had pain , their boos had anger , their boos had suffering .
Ironically geelani wants people of India to see suffering of Kashmiris. I agree with geelani in that matter. Since we believe that Kashmir is part of India , we must ,should see kashmiri point of view. There is no doubt about it but problem with geelani is that he doesnot talk about kashmiri problem , he talks about Muslim problem . He sees how many muslims died since 1947 but doesn’t see how many kashmiri pandits fleed from their home in fear. He doesn’t see how many Muslims died in terror strikes, he doesn’t see how so mixing religion with political aspiration can leave subcontinent engulfed in permanent violence.
It is no pleasure to see young kashmiris die by police bullet. It is no pleasure to see kids loosing their parents , it is no pleasure to see people bashing poor police constable . In same way it is painful to see Kashmiri pandits loosing their home , it is painful to see kashmiri pandits being marginalized by terror groups. But most painful for me to see is kashmir loosing its culture. Nothing is more painful than that. The sufi based non violent kashmiris turning into Wahhabi based . It is death of culture , slow , steady death.
The deadly idea of using terror as political means is self destructive. As civil society of Pakistan ,its intellectuals have spoken/written over it time and again about how Pakistan’s policy of using terror as mean of achieving its goal has backfired and how pakistan is still paying price of it. Yes normal pakistan citizens wont agree to it since there is emotional cord of nationalism but death of thousands of pakistanis killed in terror strikes speaks for itself. It also is loud and clear message to people like hafiz saeed , geelani and other separatist leaders who to meet their goal are in turn leaving behind legacy which would cause more trouble to kashmiris than any other.
As geelani appeals to Indians to see pains of kashmiris , I appeal to geelani to see pains of entire subcontinent ,not just kashmiris , not just muslims or hindus or christians or sikhs. See pain of entire subcontinent because genetically 90% of us have same ancestry. Just halt and look in your quest of what you think must be future of kashmir where have you and people like you led subcontinent too?.
I dont deny that kashmiris must have right of self determination, I dont deny that kashmiris have suffered psychologically , emotionally in last 63 years , yes they have suffered and we are ready to listen to them but for that to happen , Lashkar , Jaish , Harkat must go. For that to happen terror must stop . If terror could have helped you get you way , it would have happened long back. If force could have stopped agitations in kashmir , Indian forces would have managed that long back. One thing is clear to all that force wont work in favor of India , nor force in terms of war would make India give away Kashmir. It is clear by now that terror strikes wont let India budge too.
Kashmir is very very emotional and sensitive issue. The issue which sparks of extremely emotional reactions from Indians , Pakistanis and Kashmiris. No political party in India can think of giving up kashmir , the one who thinks in those line would perish. In same way no political party in pakistan can think of giving up claims in Kashmir. Those who does would perish. These two nations ironically are more important than kashmiris themselves. If kashmiris think they can opt for independent country , they are fooling themselves as Pakistan has invested a lot in last 63 years in kashmir. Terror machineries dont run without money , it needs loads of investment ,training , manpower . After investing such huge sum of money , time why would Pakistan want kashmir to become independent country?. So unfortunately right of self determination of kashmiris has practical too little option.
So solution of Kashmir lies more in hands of India and Pakistan . Now can you strike at deal with any person whom you don’t trust?. Answer in most cases would be NO. Does India trust Pakistan?. No. Does Pakistan trust India?. No. so first thing would be to move towards a situation where both can trust each other. Zardari who is perhaps worst popular president in Pakistan had said right thing about Kashmir. What he had said was that India and Pakistan should work for improving their relation and leave Kashmir for coming generation to solve. The statement which back fired in pakistan. But he had got it absolutely right. Kashmir has no permanent solution until India and Pakistan can reach to a position where both are able to trust each other and way things are going it would need another 20 years or even more or some common threat for that to happen.
Till then we can have such conference where by we listen all point of views. We wont like some of them but that is strength of India that we can have such conferences. We wont see Baloch Liberation Front chief addressing conference in Pakistan , we dont see Dalai lama addressing conference in China . Strength of democracy comes from listening all sections and in end no matter how much geelani gives anti India speech , according to constitution of India , he is Indian citizen!!!!!!!!!!