The BJP’s landslide victory in UP doesn’t solve Kashmir problem. It, however, certainly paves way for seeking resolution of the issue that has dogged the relationship between India and Pakistan for the past seven decades .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s confidence must be bursting at seams after this crucial victory, which was as important to him , as his own election and the party’s triumph in the general elections in the spring of 2014. It was a semi-final for the 2019 general elections, which he has won decisively , leaving little doubt about the possible outcome of the next general elections in two years’ time.
Kashmir has become more complex problem ever since he took over as Prime Minister. Narendra Modi has had his own failures and successes on this front, primarily owing to the behaviourial changes in Pakistan’s attitude . He also was facing tremendous pressure of hard-liner RSS that wanted him to pursue a “puritan Hindutuva” agenda .
Within the Valley , the situation has deteriorated to the extent that it seems beyond redemption . The war psychology has spread fast and the people are in a mood of rebellion against the system , which leads to the call for “azadi.” This is not merely the problem of stone throwing and rising number of local militants attracting huge crowds to save them. Militants are given a hero’s send off after their death. This makes a reel of reality for the onlookers . It is magnified and exaggerated by the social media activists all across the Valley, outside of it , as also abroad . Pakistan also has invested in this game of beating India in the psychological warfare .
Hopes are that India would extend hand of friendship to Pakistan , putting aside for the time being the serious concerns over the terror attacks at Uri in September last year in which 21 soldiers lost their lives . The surgical strikes undertaken by the Indian army helped politicians more rather than curbing terrorism in Kashmir.
A fresh study would have to be made to study the situation on the ground, underlying reasons and the role of Pakistan . And, it is important to find out the ways by sitting across the table – because the war-like noises have alarmed the international community. The nuclearisation of the region is a major concern for the world . Kashmir is acknowledged as a nuclear flash point . India may agree on it or not.
Prime Minister before he leaves for abroad should send a positive message either from Delhi or during his forthcoming visit to inaugurate Chenani- Nashri tunnel which would reduce the physical distance between Kashmir and rest of the country. But is that sufficient ? PM needs to ponder.
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