NEED TO SHUN DIFFERENCES…?

While the Governor N. N. Vohra in his message on Martyrs’ Day has called upon the leaders of all political and religious parties and social organizations and the people of the state to shed all differences and join hands to make Jammu and Kashmir peaceful, prosperous and among the leading states in the country, the stark reality that continues even today is that though the day is observed officially across the state, paying rich tributes to the Martyrs of July 13, 1931 describing them as brave heroes who laid down their lives against suppression and autocracy during Dogra Rule, yet the people of Jammu province do not accord any sanctity to the day. This stood proved during the BJP-PDP regime in the state too by the absence of the BJP representation at the official functions that raised question mark on the marriage of convenience between these two parties and the moral sanctity of their coalition government in J&K with finally parting their ways with BJP’s withdrawal. This was quite imminent in view of the ideological difference between the two coalition partners. It is not the BJP alone but the substantial constituency in Jammu region that refuses to accept 22 Kashmiris who had got killed during Dogra rule in police firing in 1931 outside the Central Jail, Srinagar as martyrs and observes the day as “Black Day”. This is not the only issue on which the Kashmir constituency as well as Jammu constituency are ideologically holding opposite views. The other issues include, Article 370, Rights of women in property after marrying a person from outside J&K, dialogue with Pakistan or Hurriyat, etc. The serious question that arises now is that how could the state of J&K develop or flourish when the constituencies i.e. in Kashmir and in Jammu are steering in absolutely opposite directions? It seems that this question needs to be pondered over seriously by those at the helm of affairs at the centre as well as the state. It needs to be acknowledged that the successive governments right since 1947 till date failed to bring and maintain the people of the three regions on the same plane as a result of which the state is going through a critical phase today with militancy refusing to die in Kashmir and at the same time the demand of bifurcation and trifurcation of the state gaining ground with the ground situation justifying the need for trifurcation. While time decided and revealed that there was no moral credibility of the coalition partners in governing the state as a result of which they had to ultimately part their ways, it is high time for the nation’s policy planners to conduct an unbiased and sincere introspection of the issue of J&K’s trifurcation and the credibility of keeping the two regions together despite growing polarity between the two regions. Thereafter a well devised strategy needs to be formulated to bring the people all the three regions on the same plane. This might seem difficult but it is not impossible at all provided that the politicians of this state come forward and move as Pradhan Sevaks in their respective constituencies to motivate and educate the people about the necessity to shun the differences to come on a common platform failing which the trifurcation of the state would be inevitable. Given the Governor’s message stating that Jammu and Kashmir has been known for its glorious pluralistic ethos, amity and brotherhood and urging the people to work towards restoring the pristine glory of the State as an abode of peace, harmony and prosperity, it is hoped that the political leaders take lead in working amidst people in their constituencies to achieve the status of leading state for Jammu and Kashmir as envisioned by the Governor.