Thursday, 22 October 2020

Mookerjee, Modi And Mufti

Updated: March 21, 2015 2:17 pm

A marriage of convenience may sometime be attributed to a change of heart. The formation of the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir by Bharatiya Janata Party and People’s Democratic Party can be seen in this perspective, which is a good omen for the all-round development of the state. But at the same time, the BJP is under the scanner as it is increasingly trying to prove that it’s core issues for the core constituency is getting a backseat. In politics, forming the government is equally important and at the same time the ideological parties like the BJP, that claimed to be the party with a difference, should also require to follow clean politics with great moral values as it was inherited from great inspirations of Shyama Prasad Mookerjee. Incidentally, Mookerjee was alleged to be murdered in Kashmir for the cause of Jammu and Kashmir. So the party like the BJP is always answerable to it’s valuable karyakartas who would never accept ideological deviation and follow rajdharma and rashtradharma, instead it’s time, one would observe the role of the RSS. It has also been a long demand of the whole nation, including the then West Bengal Chief Minister Bidhan Chandra Roy, to investigate the mysterious death of Dr Mookerjee, as the BJP is at the helm of affairs both in the state and at the Centre.

Also, it is not a question of convenience, but getting together and understanding that no other better option can work. In a democracy, a coalition government is not an exception, but essence, more so in the case of Jammu and Kashmir. For, given the geopolitical scenario with cross-border implications, Jammu and Kashmir couldn’t afford to remain without a popular government, for long. Therefore, a coalition government in the state was inevitable. However, at the very outset, the statement of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, crediting Pakistan, Kashmiri separatists and militants for the smooth conduct of the Assembly election, will not pave the smooth way for the functioning of the government. For, the fact remains that the PDP needed the BJP more than the latter needed the former. This election in J&K has clearly divided the state into two distinct identities—the Valley going to the Muslims and the Jammu region going to the Hindu majority there. Moreover, the BJP is the ruling party at the Centre. These two factors compelled the PDP to go for the alliance with the BJP rather than their more compatible partners like the “dynasty” party or the National Conference, both of which ruled the state most of the time. The PDP is obviously scared of the fact that the Jammu region will get totally cut off from the rest of J&K, if the BJP is not taken on board, and secondly, there will be no cooperation from the Centre. So, it is more in the interest of the PDP to sustain the alliance if it wants to remain a force in the troubled state and not create more troubles for itself and jeopardise its very existence. The BJP is comfortably placed either way.

It is worth mentioning here that the PDP has always been seen as close to the separatists ever since the days when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was the Home Minister of India in VP Singh government as the drama of the kidnapping of her daughter Dr Rubaiya Sayeed was enacted and five militants were released by the Government of India to ‘secure’ her. National Conference too has been hobnobbing with the separatists and the Pakistani establishment ever since the times of Sheikh Abdullah, when he was put to house-arrest by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. In fact, the rigging of 1987 J&K elections by Rajiv Gandhi government proved to be watershed for the separatists movement in J&K as the Government of India lost its credibility as a true democracy and people of J&K were further alienated from the Union of India. Furthermore, one should not forget the fact that Pakistan takes great pride in its status as impediment to South Asian unity and rise of India. Also Kashmir Valley has lots of believers in two-nation theory of Jinnah, which will not allow Jammu to come closer to Kashmir. Against this backdrop, it is noteworthy that soon after he took oath as the 12th Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, People’s Democratic Party leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed called his party’s alliance with the BJP a historic moment, which he wanted to be a turning point. But it’s so unfortunate that Mufti Mohammed made such comments after a sensational coalition with the BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should use his diplomatic skill to leash the J&K government and make sure that no such incidents hinder the development process in the state. The PDP-BJP government should show more maturity to cope up with the Centre and play a key role in bilateral talks with Pakistan along with development of and peace in the state. For, development and peace cannot be attained in Kashmir until political parties jointly put in efforts for the betterment of Kashmir rather than playing harmful politics.

Deepak Kumar Rath

Deepak Kumar Rath

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