Sub:- Without becoming genuinely secular by retrieving PoJK and by taking other measures, India can’t remain in peace with Pakistan.
Indian military deserve congratulation for professional and efficient surgical strike operation (on September, 29 in PoJK in which as per India 40 terrorists and their military handlers were killed but as per Pakistan 2 soldiers killed and 9 injured). At the same time same can’t be said about government of India (GOI) unless it is known whether or not GOI wants this military operation to be a first step towards retrieving India’s territory of PoJK.
Here it is in context to add that (i)- The present unrest in Kashmir [in which since July, 8 after killing of Hizbul Commander Burahan Wani ~ 90 people have been killed, over ten thousand injured ~ 250 eyes injured by pellet guns and curfew / Bandh (Strike) for the last 83 days] and (ii)- The gory and chronic Kashmir problem [which has claimed lives of hundreds of thousands of people (including security forces) from both India and Pakistan] – is the direct result of communal politics of so called secular India.
Hence retrieve of PoJK is not merely about territory or even about people of J&K but it is about ideology of secularism v/s Islamic theocracy of Pakistan. The J&K is the only Muslim majority State in India (even Jammu was Muslim majority before 1947) and it still acceded to Hindu majority India in the hope that better and more powerful ideology the secularism will be practiced in India. But India gave goodbye to secularism and unlike Hindu Goa did not retrieve Muslim PoJK (smaller & theocratic Pakistan tried to retrieve Muslim Kashmir many times in 1947, 1948, 1965, 1971, during Kargil etc). In 1971 also India did not assimilate Muslim Bangladesh though ‘two nations theory’ collapsed which was basis of India’s partition in 1947. Since eighties (after Ayodhya movement of late eighties and Babri Masjid demolition in 1992) whatever fig leaf of secularism India had that was also given up.
It is evident from the fact that minimum following 6 writ petitions need to be filed in Supreme Court by some organization in order to bring Secularism on track in India:-
(A)- Legally expected restoration of Status-quo-ante of Babri Masjid which was demolished in 1992 in the presence of Observer of Supreme Court (B)- Query about retrieve of POK in the interest of removal of AFSPA etc from J&K (C )- Prosecution against guilty found by Sri Krishna Commission about 1992-93 communal riots in Mumbai / Maharashtra (while rightly asking for deportation / action against Dawood Ibrahim etc, the guilty of serial blasts which were direct fallout of said riots) (D)- Identification, tracking and deportation of illegal Hindus and Muslims immigrants, from Bangladesh and Pakistan (E)- Quashing of discriminatory (especially against Muslims) Reservation Policy (F)- Delhi 1984 & Gujarat 2002 riots about section 130 & 131 Cr.P.C.[Second writ petitions for retrieve of POK can first be filed in J&K High Court].
India should not forget that due to said adverse possession Pakistan has better claim on J&K. Moreover in this age when plebiscite / referendum have become order of the day in western democracies the perpetration of so much cruelties and injustice on Kashmiris (who are demanding plebiscite) is being tolerated by world community only due to one reason. The World in this age of ‘global war against Jihadi terrorism’ wants secular India to win and does not want Jihadis to win which will be the case if Muslim Kashmir separates from India. But India will blunder if it continues to take undue and too much advantage of said prejudices (against Jihadis) and preferences of the world community (for secularism and that too for false secularism of India). Rather India should understand that only genuinely secular India will attract continued support of world community.
GOI has never asked Indian military to take on the military of Pakistan for the retrieve of PoJK and on the contrary has constrained security forces to show ‘bravery’ by training guns at civilians of J&K (especially on Kashmiri Muslims) under the protection of AFSP, SPA etc. Hence if it is the only purpose of GOI to browbeat Pakistan to maintain the status-quo about Kashmir / PoJK then this entire exercise of September, 29 surgical strike will not only be meaningless & unethical but also impractical.
Because continued unrest in Kashmir will help Pakistan in mobilizing world-community against India. Pakistan rightly considers present Kashmir unrest as golden opportunity to snatch Muslim Kashmir from Hindu India (as for the first time Kashmiri society, including women, children old people, is on streets in such large numbers including in rural areas). Hence Pakistan will keep-on provoking India to take military action (limited or major) against Pakistan so that Kashmir issue can be internationalized for early Kashmir solution.
The Jihadis of Pakistan also [who are in addition to governments of India and Pakistan and people of entire J&K (including PoJK) are a forth party in J&K dispute because as per media Islam has laid down the lives of ~ one hundred thousand Jihadis for Kashmir], through terrorist attack in India, may provoke India for aggression against Pak and will also pressurize Pak government to provoke India. In this age of ISIS if Pak Jihadis & Pak government fail to snatch Muslim Kashmir from Hindu India then blood thirsty ISIS will have every chance of entering AF-PAK-Kashmir region. The menace of Jihadis / ISIS can be handled effectively only by starting the process of giving victory to secular forces by retrieving PoJK by India. But unfortunately the behavior and other policies of India give clear indications that retrieve of PoJK is not on the agenda of GOI.
Therefore GOI (like other Union governments of the past 69 years) should stop this political farce and instead should think seriously about retrieve of PoJK and about which should start taking India and world community in confidence.
Hem Raj Jain
Author of “Betrayal of Americanism”