In the website thewire.in an interview with former RAW chief A.S. Dulat has been published about how to solve the Kashmir imbroglio. Mr. Dulat says that the only answer to the Kashmir problem is dialogue, not aggression.
I submit that Mr. Dulat's statements therein are meaningless clichés and platitudes, and are totally superficial, without understanding the realities behind the Kashmir scene, as explained in my blog and facebook post, which is as under :
Prepare for the long haul in Kashmir
Those who think that some political dialogue can resolve the Kasmir problem are living in a fool's paradise. They do not know the realities. So let me explain.
The Kashmiri militants are using sophisticated weapons and other supplies. Where are these sophisticated weapons and supplies coming from ? Such sophisticated weapons and supplies do not fall from the sky. Obviously some outside power is supplying them and training the militants in use of these weapons.
Moreover, these militants demanding azadi are only brainwashed pawns like Burhan Wani and Ajmal Qasab. Pawns are only pieces which the chess player uses in the game. The power which is behind these pawns, the real chess player who is using them is China ( through Pakistan ), as I have explained in my blog
Please go through the above blog carefully in order to understand the real game of China..
I submit that it will take 10-15 years or more to resolve the Kashmir problem, and till then the turmoil, imbroglio and violence will continue, however sad and unfortunate that may be.
As for the demand for azadi, I have already explained in my article published in Huffington Post that
such azadi will be against the interest of Kashmiris, as it will result in Islamic fundametalism being imposed in Kashmir, which will throw back Kashmir into the dark Middle Ages. The demand is hence totally reactionary. Morever, azadi, even if achieved, will not last long. Kashmir will soon thereafter be swallowed up by Pakistan, and come under the Pakistani military jackboot.
The correct demand for Kashmiris is reunification of India and Pakistan ( and Bangladesh ) under a strong, modern minded secular state which while guaranteeing freedom of religion to all does not tolerate religious extremism of bigotry, whether Hindu or Muslim, and crushes it with an iron hand.
This reunited state must then rapidly industrialize the country and ensure a high standard of living and decent life to all.
Such reunification will not be easy, it will take 15-20 years, but till then the Kashmir pot will keep boiling
Mr. Dulat makes the following points in his interview :
1. The Indian Govt. should engage in talks. But talks with whom ? Mr. Dulat says we should begin with Hurriyat. But the Hurriyat is a separatist organization which wants Kashmir separated from India, as its leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has repeatedly said. What is the point talking with them ? As for talks with Pakistan, they will keep harping on azadi for Kashmir. Moreover, Pakistan is a fake, artificial entity ( I refuse to call it a country ) created by the British on the basis of the bogus two nation theory to ensure enmity between Hindus and Muslims even after their departure. So what is the point talking with them ?
Mr. Dulat totally misses the point I have raised in my blog. The Kashmiri militants are using sophisticated weapons and other supplies. Where are these sophisticated weapons and supplies coming from ? Such sophisticated weapons and supplies do not fall from the sky. Obviously some outside power is supplying them and training the militants in use of these weapons.
Moreover, these militants demanding azadi are only brainwashed pawns like Burhan Wani and Ajmal Qasab. Pawns are only pieces which the chess player uses in the game. The power which is behind these pawns, the real unseen chess player who is using them is China ( through Pakistan ), as I have explained in my blog
2. Mr. Dulat says we should follow 'Vajpayee's way', and that the BJP-PDP alliance has angered the Kashmiris.
Again, a meaningless platitude. He says that Vajpayee is revered in the valley. I did not hear a single Kashmiri of today saying we want to follow 'Vajpayee's way' ( whatever the expression may mean ). And to blame the BJP-PDP alliance for the mess in Kashmir is overlooking the underlying realities. There is a strong foreign power, China, acting through its new surrogate, Pakistan, which is obviously covertly behind the Kashmir agitation for azadi.
It is true that a large section of Kashmiris have joined the agitation, but I submit they are being used by China and Pakistan, like mindless pawns used by the unseen chess player.
As for the motive of China, it is given in my blog ' The Kashmiri Separatist Militancy '
If Kashmir becomes azad, do the Kashmiris think they will really be free ? No, the power which has supplied sophisticated weapons, etc to the Kashmiri militants will then demand its pound of flesh, and make Kashmir its neo-colony, and exploit it for its own benefit, not the benefit of Kashmiris.
3. Mr. Dulat talks of 'insaniyat, jamuriyat and Kashmiriyat'. All these are meaningless moral platitudes, conveying nothing, and overlooking the underlying realities, as explained above.
4. Mr. Dulat talks favourably of the 'Musharraf four point formula' which, according to him, was acceptable to all the Kashmiris, including the separatists. It was peace on the line of control, with going and coming and open borders and more interaction between the two Kashmirs, trade, armies pulled back.
So according to Mr. Dulat, we should open the border with POK, and let more militants walk in. The army should be pulled back so that the militants may have a field day, bringing the entire valley under its grip, imposing Islamic fundamentalism and sharia law, which will drag Kashmir back into the dark middle ages. Obviously neither Mr. Dulat nor the Kashmiri agitators for 'azadi' understand this.
Azadi can only be a means to an end, and not an end itself. The end must be raising the standard of living of the people. I have repeatedly said that if it can be demonstrated that azadi will raise the standard of living of the people of Kashmir, i.e. provide large scale employment to the unemployed Kashmiri youth, provide healthcare to Kashmiris, abolish poverty, etc. I will support it. But neither Geelani nor Burhan Wani nor any of their cohorts and associates ever spoke or even thought of that.
The azadi champions are Islamic fundamentalists who will drag Kashmir back into the middle ages.
I submit that Mr. Dulat's analysis is totally superficial, and entirely overlooks the realities of the situation in Kashmir