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Xenophobic nationalism on Kashmir to divert attention from 'erosions' in economy

By Rahul Pandey, Sandeep Pandey*
In a single stroke of decisions, the Indian government has revoked Articles 370 and 35A, bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) into J&K and Ladakh, and reduced their status to Union Territories. 
While there are questions about the legal soundness of these decisions, their moral illegitimacy lies in the fact that none of the stakeholders in J&K have been consulted – native people of J&K (both current residents and those who have migrated out in the past decades), their local community leaders and political leaders belonging to either moderate or non-moderate ends of the ideological spectrum. 
Absolutely no one belonging to J&K was consulted or taken in confidence about the government’s decision.
Mainstream and moderate political leaders have been put under house arrest, all means of communication cut, curfew imposed and massive army troops deployed in the J&K region, since a few days before the government’s announcement of the decision in the parliament in Delhi. 
This means that communication among even the normal peace-loving people and their leaders is severely restricted, their mobility constrained, and no news is coming out of the region.
One must ask how would the people have taken a decision in any other part of the country if their statehood was converted into a union territory status or with incidents such as the earlier use of pellet guns causing grievous harm to ordinary people including children and women?
It clearly shows the discriminatory attitude of Indian state towards people of J&K, primarily on religious basis, and at the same time demonstrates tremendous restraint people of J&K have shown in the face of adverse situations. Because of a sustained right wing propaganda even the Indian people have come to believe the majoritarian mindset that J&K unfairly enjoys some special status.
A separate Constitution for J&K may sound obnoxious, but the fact is, it is the Constitution of J&K which says that J&K is integral part of India, not the Indian Constitution. And what privileges can people enjoy under a long term military like rule?
There are other instances from around the country where people have asserted their autonomy. Nagaland wants separate Constitution and flag. It believes in the idea of co-existence with India without subjecting itself to Indian Constitution. Siddaramaiah's Karnataka government decided to have its own flag, the second state in the country after J&K to do so.
Rabri Devi and Mamta Banerjee, as Chief Ministers, decided not to subject themselves to the Prime Minister of the day and violated the protocols. Tamil Nadu doesn't agree to the three language formula of national education policy because of its opposition to imposition of Hindi. The Article 243G of the Constitution envisions self-rule at the village panchayat level.
The idea of autonomy is at the core of democracy. Rather than opposing the special status of J&K other states should have demanded a similar status for deepening of democracy. Then there are sovereign individuals within the country, like the infamous Unnao MLA from UP, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, presently in news for wrong reasons, who refuse to subject themselves to the rule of law and the governments usually go along with them.
His accomplices have openly fired at senior police officials of the Unnao district on more occasions than one. But that is pardonable because he has chosen to be with the party in power. We don't feel threatened by him but are quite alarmed to see the picture of a child or woman pelting stones at security forces in Kashmir. Is the bias religiously coloured?
All this unilateral curbing of basic political and societal freedom of J&K people and their leaders amounts to plain murder of democracy by the Government of India. The backdrop of this draconian decision of the government constitutes the utter mishandling of Kashmir’s situation in the past five years as well as the mismanagement of India’s economy and employment over the past three years.
Recent worsening of both J&K’s situation and India’s economy have been unprecedented in the past few decades. In fact, the emotional issue of J&K is probably being used as a smokescreen to camouflage the rapid disinvestment of public sector undertakings taking place at this time including the corporatisation of Ordnance Factory Board with Adani and Ambani being the biggest beneficiaries of this exercise.
Number of terrorist incidents, deaths of Indian military personnel, and overt protests by ordinary Kashmiri people against Indian forces have risen rapidly during 2014-2019. It culminated in the imposition of President’s rule in J&K in 2018. This indicates constant mishandling of J&K’s political and social situation by the Modi government, growing resentment among Kashmiri people, and breakdown of communication between the central government and the people of J&K.
A separate Constitution for J&K may sound obnoxious, but the fact is, it is the Constitution of J&K which says that J&K is integral part of India, not the Indian Constitution
A parallel trend has been the spiraling down of India’s economy, disinvestment of government owned firms, industrial and employment situations over the past three years (since demonetization) that has accelerated in recent months. This grim economic story reflects in slowing GDP, rising unemployment, rising bank NPAs, flight of foreign investment, rising fiscal deficit, and falling industrial outputs and consumption.
Some industries, notably automobile, are witnessing absolute drops in production by 10-30%. In recent days several respected industry leaders have gathered courage to openly voice concern about India’s economy despite the prevailing environment of fear of the present government.
Experts have raised serious doubts over the economy and employment data released by the government that remains in denial about the economic situation.  All this shows gross mismanagement of India’s economy and banks by the Modi government.
From these trends it appears that Modi government is once again trying to hide its incompetency in managing India’s economy, employment and security situations by invoking the false spectre of nationalism. Ironically, in the name of politics of nationalism, national assets are up for sale.
The government’s propaganda and event management are ably supported by a lot of mainstream media and IT/social media cells of the party and its supporters. These cells specialise in creating and spreading exaggerated as well as blatantly fake news posts that fuel people’s irrational fears and emotions.
This kind of nationalism is xenophobic and parasitic as it aims to pit our own people against each other and divide them. It not only diverts our attention away from the real problems of erosions in economy, employment, financial governance and basic freedoms of citizens, but also degrades us culturally and morally as a society.
It’s likely that many of the ordinary people of J&K, including those who have been largely democratic and peace-loving in the midst of militancy and violence during all these decades, might now adopt hardened views against the Indian government. It’s likely that communication will break down even more and distrust will deepen.
If the Indian government responds by increasing the presence of armed forces in the region, many more rounds of vicious cycle might be in store. What will this mean for the future of the people of J&K and the rest of us?
We need to think where we are heading.
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*Rahul Pandey is academic, entrepreneur and activist, Sandeep Pandey is social-political activist. Contact: rahulanjula@gmail.com, ashaashram@yahoo.com

Comments

samir sardana said…
The Indian State has scrapped a commitment to the UN on Kashmir !

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/parliament-approves-bill-for-bifurcation-of-j-k-into-two-union-territories-1565067616715.html

The Hindoo State !

This is what happens when Muslims believe Hindoos ! Their emaan did not call out to them !

It is because they are not really muslims !

They forgot the definition of a Hindoo

https://dindooohindoo.page.tl/Y-Educate-Cheats.htm

The wisdom of the “children of Cyrus,Darius and Xerxes”,encapsulates the “transcendence of Human thought”, the “Deuterosis of the Dindoo”, as under:

A “Persian dictionary”,titled “Lughet-e-Kishwari”,published in Lucknow in 1964,gives the meaning of the word Hindu as “chore [thief], dakoo [dacoit], raahzan [waylayer], and ghulam [slave].
samir sardana said…
Some fools say that Hindooism does not allow Genocide !

Kashmir is being set up for mass genocide and population restructuring by settlement of ex-soldiers !

The Gita allows genocide and killing w/o feeling and ego as the 5 senses are controlled by God and so genocide is the will of God ! This is in the Gita !

History Records that the Nazis were ALSO inspired by the Gita, per se

https://dindooohindoo.page.tl/Nazis-and-Gita.htm

Why the “Nazis and Hitler and Himmler”, love the Gita

“Dindoo Hindoo Bindoo Gandoos” consider “Hitler to be a Vishnoo Avatar”

When Krishna the Bhagvat was fed up rying to explain to “Arjuna the – why he “needed to exterminate his foes” – this was the “last attempt” in the 18th Chapter of the Gita – the logic is as under :

Lumen Naturale 1 – There are “5 precedents to sense-perception and action”

मूल श्लोकः
शरीरवाङ्मनोभिर्यत्कर्म प्रारभते नरः।
न्याय्यं वा विपरीतं वा पञ्चैते तस्य हेतवः।।18.15।।

18.14 The locus as also the agent, the different kinds of organs, the many and distinct activities, and, the “divine is here the fifth”.

Lumen Naturale 2 – There “5 are causes of all action” and are “independent of the mind and body dualism” of Descartes and “also the Soul “!

मूल श्लोकः
यस्य नाहंकृतो भावो बुद्धिर्यस्य न लिप्यते।
हत्वापि स इमाँल्लोकान्न हन्ति न निबध्यते।।18.17।।

18.15 For whatever action a man undertakes by his body, speech and mind, whether right or wrong,i.e., enjoined or forbidden by the Sastras, “the following five”, are its causes:

Lumen Naturale 3 – Hence,you can “kill,murder and rape” – provided it is done with “no ego and no feelings “- for it is the “Act of the Divine” ! Just like the Nazis ! “Heil Krishna,the Bhagwat “!

मूल श्लोकः
अधिष्ठानं तथा कर्ता करणं च पृथग्विधम्।
विविधाश्च पृथक्चेष्टा दैवं चैवात्र पञ्चमम्।।18.14।।

18.17 He who has not the “feeling of egoism”, whose intellect is not tainted, he does not kill, nor does he become bound-“even by killing these creatures” !
samir sardana said…
The Genesis !

Impotence is in the DNA of a Hindoo !

Hindoosthan is the Impotehce Capital of the world !

https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/india-is-the-impotence-capital-of-the-world/239548

But what is the Genesis !

It all starts from Rama the impotent pansy – as all Hindoos are from Rama ! And hence, all Hindoo History is a tale of impotentica

Sita called Rama an Impotent Pansy
samir sardana said…
Kashmiris need to Read the Gita !

The Gita allows the discrimination of Lower Castes ! If the Hindoos treat their own like dirt – what will they do for the Kashmiris ?

https://dindooohindoo.page.tl/Caste-Justification.htm

“It is far better to perform one’s svadharma (prescribed duties), even though faultily, than another’s duties perfectly. Destruction in the course of performing one’s own duty is better than engaging in another’s duties, for to follow another’s path is dangerous.” – Bhagavad-Gita 3:35.
“According to the three modes of material nature (goodness, passion, ignorance) and the work associated with them, the four divisions of human society (Brahmin/KsHatriya/Vaisya/Sudra) are created by Me .And although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the nondoer, being unchangeable.” — Bhagavad-Gita 4:13.

samir sardana said…
What is the worth of a Kashmiri Pandit/Brahmin ?

As oer the Granth !

https://dindooohindoo.page.tl/-g-Granth-Sahib–g-%2C-on-Brahmin-madarchods–ar-.htm

You may stand and recite the Shaastras and the Vedas, O Siblings of Destiny, but these are just worldly actions. “Filth cannot be washed away by hypocrisy”, O Siblings of Destiny; the filth of corruption and sin, “is within you”. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 635)
O Pandit, O religious scholar, “your filth shall not be erased”, even if you read the Vedas for four ages. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 647)
The Pandits, the religious scholars, and the silent sages, reading and studying the Vedas, have grown weary. The Messenger of Death “hovers over their heads”; they are ruined by the deceit within themselves. ||7|| (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1277

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