Heed the counsel
Published on April 13, 2017

National Conference president and former Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah’s latest assertions about the situation in Kashmir going out of control may have raised many a brows in New Delhi, but his counsel cannot be brushed aside. He is right when he says that continued violence and loss of precious human lives in Kashmir is both a tragedy and “failure of the government of the day”. He is equally right when he says that the young people throwing stones in Kashmir are not doing so for some ministerial posts – in doing it, they are actually trying to communicate their anger and resentment against the overly disconcerting impasse over Kashmir.

In an interview with ‘India Today’ on Monday evening, Abdullah said pointed out that during the height of last year’s agitation here, a parliamentary delegation came to Kashmir under the leadership of the Union Home Minister. The delegation was told that we will talk to the youth and all the stakeholders. But it has not been done. Similarly so many different things that were promised in the “Agenda of Alliance” when PDP and BJP entered in an alliance to rule the sate have been summarily consigned to the dustbin. Irrespective of what the ruling PDP says about it, fact of the matter remains there has been absolutely no headway on its commitments of facilitating a reconciliation between Srinagar and New Delhi, and India and Pakistan as was pledged in AoA. 

“Wake up, wake up. The situation is quite bad, and don't tell me Pakistan is not a party to this problem. Whether you like it or not, you have to talk to Pakistan, and Hurriyat, with the youth and other leaders to come to a solution … and you better start talking now,” Abdullah asserted as he counseled New Delhi to mend fences in order to calm the situation in the Valley.

History is a great teacher, a huge repository of events and happenings of past that are an important source of knowledge and wisdom. The trick to learn from the history lies in reading and interpreting it so as to be able to draw something from it, something which makes sense with at least identical situations of present and challenges of the future. And history itself bears witness that those who knew the art of learning from the history have themselves created history of sorts in their respective domains. Irrespective of the source of history in terms of its central characters, a student of history, a teacher, a political activist -- everyone needs to cultivate some rapport with the history. For, once they read and understand the role and importance of history in humans’ social and political evolution, then only could they harness its potential to bring about ‘desired’ change in their own peculiar situations. By token of this argument, leadership in the subcontinent, particularly the political white ants in New Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir, must read history as much as they can. Once they do so, one may hope that the recurrent mistakes in Indo-Pak bilateral ties as well as between the state and the centre will end for good, which is, of course, the only way to break the conflict trap Kashmir is caught up in.

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