No Mercy To Terrorists
The rising number of deaths of innocent people in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly those of the minority community after terror attacks recently, is a matter of consternation, especially when the number of violent incidents in the Kashmir Valley was the lowest in five years. These attacks are proof that the enemy country does not want peace to be established in India, that the common man should live in peace, that the misguided people should shun the gun culture. The question that arises is: How to deal with this type of terrorism? Car bombs, truck bombs, human bombs and now target killings–who is helping these violent and disturbing conspiracies? Who is giving shelter to these terrorist incidents in Jammu-Kashmir? Dialogue on one hand and terrorism on the other–how is this possible? These target killings have come to the fore as soon as the beginning of the democratic process in Jammu-Kashmir was initiated, following the security forces liquidating the dreaded terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. But Pakistan does not want a democratic government to be formed in Jammu and Kashmir. After the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35 A, it has no longer been easy for Pakistan to infiltrate into India or carry out terrorist attacks. So, it has used this new method–target killings. The way the Kashmiri people have expressed their thinking in the last twenty-six months, its message is clear. Now, Kashmiri people want that there should be peace. When there is peace, it is obvious that tourists from India and all over the world will come there. This will bring the economy of the tourist-centric Jammu-Kashmir back on track.
Against this backdrop, it is worthwhile mentioning that the Central government has taken several steps for the improvement of the business and trade sector in Jammu-Kashmir. These steps played an instrumental role in the development of the region. The government allocated grants of more than 30 thousand crore rupees for the development of Jammu-Kashmir. In addition, global investment summits have been organised to attract investors to make investments in the region. Reforms have been made in all the departments to make better synergy between them and remove the hindrances. Under these scenarios, it cannot be gainsaid that obvious fallout to scrap the obnoxious Articles 370 and 35A was those provisions that run counter to the fundamental principles of equality and secularism, besides, the compelling need to protect our borders more tightly in the light of annoying developments in our west from the nexus of ISIS/Taliban/Pakis. Hence, the government of the day has rightly put a full stop on speculation on solutions and opened a window of opportunity for democratic, infrastructural, agricultural and educational development of Jammu-Kashmir. In fact, the increased attacks on non-Muslims in the Kashmir Valley are not only an attempt to influence the Kashmir Valley, but also a symbol of the age-old intention of Islamic terrorism. They are trying to promote Islamic fundamentalism in South Asia. So the challenge increases even more, which cannot be countered only through security forces, but also people have to be made aware against Islamic terrorism and religious extremism.
By Deepak Kumar Rath