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Questionable Intent of Gupkar Alliance

By Dr. Duggaraju Srinivasa Rao 
Updated: November 2, 2020 2:02 pm

Having received flak for their anti-Indian statements Farooq Abdullah tried to make amends by saying “Gupkar alliance is not anti-India but certainly anti-BJP”.  While none can object to their political opposition to BJP or any other party, their stand of “taking help from China to get Article 370 restored” and “not to touch the national flag till Kashmiri flag is restored” are certainly condemnable.

 

Kashmir valley which is otherwise peaceful since the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A in August last is now slowly getting heated up after the state level leaders out from detention and trying to establish their relevance through their provocative statements have formed Gupkar Alliance to stay afloat collectively. While normal political activities within the established norms are welcome the abnormal statements emanating from the President and Vice President Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti of Gupkar Alliance respectively are naturally questioned. The way martyr’s family members reacted and demonstrated at Mehbooba Mufti residence and the spontaneous resignation of important leaders from the Mehbooba Mufti PDP party are indicative of the offensive content and intent of Gupkar Gang members. Those statements ‘seeking China help’ made by National Conference leader to achieve internal demand and ‘not to hold National tricolor till my demand is met’ statement of PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti is certainly offensive. Both were former Chief Ministers of J&K and must be knowing the repercussions of what they are speaking.

Both the political families, Abdullah’s and Muftis, which lorded over the Jammu and Kashmir for several decades are now desperate with the changed situation in the valley. There were no protests when Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were detained. One may say the fear of emergency like situation prevailing then prevented people from protests a year back. But the leaders on their release has not got any tumulus welcome, which they expected, either. With deft political and administrative moves the centre has neutralized local residents anti India sentiment. Once the percentage of pro Pakistan elements are made suspects in the minds of locals for the unrest in the valley and projected them as anti-development and responsible for the Kashmir backwardness the change in peoples mind started and that is reflected in the peaceful situation in the valley.

The ‘alienation of the Kashmiris’, the suspicion in the minds of common people in the valley area are all creation of special Delhi group of ‘manufacturers of dissent’. This group, committed to the dream of ‘breaking India’, plants all those negative narration in the national media without visiting the valley. I say this with authority as I led a group of mediapersons from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana for fact finding in the Kashmir valley in November 2019 when the tempers on the issue of abrogation of Article 370 was supposed to be high. Our team visited all the ten districts of the valley and stayed in the ‘terrorist-infested’ Anantnag and Baramullah towns’. Barring one minor incident, our team never encountered any trouble in the nine stays in the valley. None questioned our purpose of visit, none threatened us for coming there and we did not seek any official protection. We met locals who were so friendly and were ready to share their feelings. Much water must have flown in the Jhelum since August last and things got better with step-by-step measures. People of Kashmir valley are now apparently feeling more empowered with the Union government’s initiatives rather than with past ‘special status’.  The political families gained much through special status rather than the common man of the valley. The average Kashmiri sentiment of special status, milked   by these two political families to bargain with Delhi to their advantage, stands exposed.

Since the local media also started ignoring the leaders and their moves, the arch-rivals of valley politics joined hands under the umbrella of Gupkar alliance, into which CPM also walked in to issue few provocative and ‘seditious’ statements to get the local and national media’s attention.

Ever since Article 370 and Article 35A are abrogated the women of the state are happy as they are now empowered to marry any male of their choice outside the state and still retain their Kashmir identity and enjoy share in the parental property. This is the bonus to Kashmir women besides the triple talak burden already thrown out for Indian Muslim ladies. Gender parity, national equality integration with India are what Kashmiris through the parliamentary abrogation Act. Now that land ownership rights issue is also altered by government of India. Now people can go and purchase non agricultural land and start investments on industry or any other job creating businesses.

The Ladakh, now a separate union territory, is happier because they are saved of the valley domination and moving forward with the developmental schemes offered by centre.

For over 75% of the Kashmiris whom out team interviewed the special status is only an emotive issue and not a substantive issue as they are not sure what they got by 70 year ‘special status’.  Equal number of them unhappy with the political families of Abdullah and Mufti. Those two families grew financially at the expense of state people is the common word they said.

Having received flak for their anti-Indian statements Farooq Abdullah tried to make amends by saying “Gupkar alliance is not anti-India but certainly anti-BJP”.  While none can object to their political opposition to BJP or any other party, their stand of “taking help from China to get Article 370 restored” and “not to touch the national flag till Kashmiri flag is restored” are certainly condemnable.  The very fact that Congress party, the other national party in the valley, distanced itself from the Gupkar gang’s latest moves confirms the statements of Gupkar gang are not acceptable.

Abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A was done through parliament after a debate and voting. The CWC resolution of Congress party was critical of the way abrogation was done but there was no commitment for restoration of those two articles.  The commonality of the national parties on the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A  is clear.  The abrogation of special status is final and non-negotiable. It is netter for the Gupkar gang to understand this and build politics in the traditional mold of basic amenities. They are the core issues and not the special status which people of the valley are demanding. The Gupkar gang should desist from stopping the integration of Kashmiris with India through their ‘separatist agenda’.

 

By Dr. Duggaraju Srinivasa Rao 

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