Separatism in Kashmir will not be cured by dialogue – Ajay Chrungoo

Kashmiri youth in Srinagar

Dr Ajay ChrungooA de facto Muslim state on the territory of India was bound to move towards religious fascism just like Pakistan. … The present unrest in Kashmir is an expression of a totalitarian stranglehold on the social milieu and political establishment. The unrest is fundamentally regressive in content. It has nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with the destruction of freedom. – Dr Ajay Chrungoo

Allowing democratic secular space to promote and perpetuate a regressive fascist political order is the ultimate crime against democracy as well as secularism. In the name of political process this crime has been committed with impunity in Jammu and Kashmir. We have now a situation in Kashmir where religious fascism is expressing itself boldly and brazenly.

What is now being recognised as the radicalisation of the polity is actually continuity. We have seen the progression of an exclusivist religion-based identity movement into an unabashed fascism. In fact, special status, greater autonomy, self-rule, independence, secession to Pakistan or building up of an Islamic caliphate now clearly appear to be stages of an evolving totalitarian religion-based fascist order.

The root cause theories of erosion of autonomy, rigging or bad governance have been actually concoctions of the Indian political class. This class indulged in concoctions to avoid contesting the religion-based identity politics in J&K. They did it so because of a belief that in a Hindu majority country only Hindu communalism has to be fought. They thought all minority communalism is merely a reaction and will be cured automatically if Hindu communalism is contained and defeated.

They forgot that J&K was the only Muslim-majority state in a Hindu-majority country. Its functioning as a healthy secular polity was no less critical than the functioning of the rest of India as a secular polity. It ended up creating a permanent Muslim sphere of interest in J&K. Instead of delegitimising the two-nation theory for all time to come after Partition, they helped to create a special state on the territory of India which was premised on the same principle as the creation of Pakistan.

A de facto Muslim state on the territory of India was bound to move towards religious fascism just like Pakistan. The genocide of Bengalis in undivided Pakistan was the expression of fascism. The genocide of Hindus of Kashmir in J&K is similar. The present unrest is an expression of a totalitarian stranglehold on the social milieu and political establishment. The unrest is fundamentally regressive in content. It has nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with the destruction of freedom.

The separatism in Kashmir now needs to be exposed with all its regressive content. The political class must realise that it is not the number of people supporting a movement that makes it sacrosanct but its ideological content that makes it progressive and revolutionary.

Separatism in Kashmir will not be cured by a dialogue but by clear ideological contestation. Fascism is fascism, and it doesn’t matter how many people support it. – Deccan Chronicle, 1 September 2016

» Dr Ajay Chrungoo is chairman of Panun Kashmir

Kashmir Security Force

3 Responses

  1. The entire world knows the problems of J& K. In fact, it is not restricted to J&K alone! It is wide spread within India! The West driven Democracy is a major Hindrance. Until and unless (H)Indians become strong, not depending upon the support from the West or Russia, the problems from our Cousins will continue! For that (H)Induism must undergo drastic changes; consolidation of all the people to a one Nation Concept! I am afraid that except a few leaders, no one in the hierarchy is committed to these; in other words, a revolution- with all its implications- in all spheres is a must.

  2. Any dialogue works between two sides willing for some “Give and Take”. In this case the Separatists are not willing to give an inch and India just cannot give what they want.

  3. The author rightly said it…. The very best solution to resolve Kashmir issue is to remove all special status to the Kashmir State as equal as to other Indian States. Keep enough all types of force in the State until the State comes to normalcy. Violence cannot be considered as right of freedom. A few separatists with mislead youngsters in street fight cannot be considered fight for right. Kashmir is in an integral part of India and would remain so. India on the other way to consider to curb the these violence by evacuating Pak dominance in PoK and retain her strong hold again in this region. If Pak troubles and shows adamant, India should support Baluchistan separatists, the way Pak does to to India.

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