Come within the reach
(The New Determination)
A TRIBUTE TO Maqbool Malik
(1952-1992) 26th Martyrdom Anniversary
By Rao Farman Ali
The important aspect of Kashmir politics since the so-called emancipation in 1947 of the masses—coined as democracy— has been that— the Kashmiris on either side of the divide are indisposed to think and construct the Kashmir Centric Narrative(KCN).
Those who assumed Kashmir centric assertions in the politics and resistance were either silenced even purposely relegated to the background or met the vicious end, the proposals of such like nature have been deliberately shown the junk- ground. The use of purging operation using known or unknown hands were either instigated or commenced against the people to repress the voice of real resistance, assassination of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari is the recent episode.
Of course, the idea of resistance is not all about resisting the corporality of oppression but is more than that. The political prospect of Kashmir underwent a radical change in the early phase of 1989, although started in 1988, when a strange genus of armed resistance was pioneered and assumed the means to establish and undertake the project of ‘Azadi’ [Freedom] with a vista of success but such anticipation is yet to bear the fruits and offer the desired results. As envisaged, the moral right— to have the opinion was abominated with a terrible result of bedlam and misunderstanding, thus the project of future came to a sudden halt.
The assassination and elimination of Maqbool Malik is to be seen in this correlation; the spirit of ascendancy ended in ignominy and exterminated several indulgent leaders of the resistance; irrespective who were the connivers but colossal damage is done. In the mayhem the top stalwarts of the resistance movement were consummated thus institutionalisation of ‘confidence- crisis’ within the Kashmiri society took place and at that time a new tradition of pointless violence came to prominence. Could the inane murder of an innocent child in Kupwara some days back is again a reflection! Even though, may not be associated anyway with the political dimension of Kashmir but it is the authentication to the present social situation and the social disorder. However, killings of Dr. Abdul Ahad Wani, Molvi Muhammad Farooq, Dr. Abdul Ahad Guru, Dr. Ghulam Qadir Wani,Kh. Abdul Gani Lone, Poet Shabaaz, Dr. Qazi Nissar, Abdul Rashid Zaingami, Muhammad Yusuf Padder, Dr. Mehmood and many more cannot be put or seen in isolation.
The leadership across the table has a function which is never beyond their ingenuity to put an end to the chaos. The callousness with which the situation is going out of control and the areas are becoming unmanageable socially and culturally. In the broader spectrum, it is the responsibility of India as a regional giant of South Asia to take tangible measures to end the violence in Kashmir by offering a serious and convincing dialogue to end the demure reticence of violence .
On the other hand, the connivance with which the pacifist face of resistance was eliminated; paved a way to damage the pious freedom movement. In 90’s militants in the array of freedom fighters tussled out the Resistencia [a policy of one-upmanship adopted by a particular group] resulting into the sedimentation of Indian rule over Kashmir and diminished the role of Pro-Kashmir stance, thus Kashmiris as of now have turned into ‘challenged children’ without the prospect of bargain and most of our leaders are politically suffering from apoxia and hypoxia, for that matter, they need immediate attention and care. The present ineffectual Hurriyat players to advertise and chip-in to snip resolution profits reduced the vibrancy of common people surrounding them. Hurriyats meant to define the resolution of Kashmir to address the external dimension— seem neither streetwise nor the street- credible—but just a ‘photo- shoot’. Equally, Pro-India or Pro-Pakistan political parties in Kashmir [on either side of Jammu and Kashmir] who were or are in power have largely failed at governance fronts and to address the deliverables associated with the internal dimension of the issue. In a situation, when Indian Forces[IFs] stationed in Kashmir have been emboldened by what they [Indian security forces] call holy law[AFSPA] has kept IFs trigger happy.
Resistance is always divine, romantic, logical, analytic, organised, planned, fact-based, and beautiful, while as occupation is ugly, ruthless and terribly lacks the very facets of resistance. However, if the traits of occupation are found in resistance then it is an anarchy but if the traits of resistance are found in occupation then it is a process. Essentially, the relationship between oppressor and oppressed, wherein oppressor emerges as a dominant factor is not the solution but the utter confusion.
Let’s rethink through the dimensions of honest and holistic approaches of retrospective, introspective, prospective and proactive maxims and Hurriyat leadership guide us in this regard and teach us to fight for our own pie in relation to Kashmir resolution and give order to present disorder .
It is very easy to talk of resilience but we have to train our children and youth about the ‘coping- mechanism’ in the stressful situations. However, mothers of Kashmir have a great role to play and to teach the sons and daughters, the skills of ‘adaptive-behaviours’, which they have done in past and will continue to do successfully.