Ceasefire is no solution, but solution is nowhere in sight

Losers can’t be choosers

Ceasefire is no solution, but solution is nowhere in sight

AJAZ UL HAQUE
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 19 2018 10:45PM | Updated Date: May 19 2018 10:45PM
Losers can’t be choosers
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Joint Resistance Leadership calls the state declared ceasefire a `cruel joke’. Well, it’s hard to support them, but (given the experience we have with such peace initiatives) harder to oppose. JRL is right in saying that all short-cuts and quick-fixes are temporary as the real demand is to have a permanent solution. Their argument is logical. It’s grounded in the brief history of peace moves that bore no fruit. Such `heart-winning’, `people friendly’ steps have been taken in the past too.

But the way these unilateral gestures were unilaterally violated makes everyone suspect the real intent behind them. The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen ceasefire 2000 has so far been the most significant chapter in this regard. Reasons whatever, but results proved devastating. That didn’t disappoint only the peace-lovers across the divide, but cranked up the level of terror too. Many such moves on diplomatic and military level have predictably failed. Even leaders in the resistance camp have volunteered themselves to be a part of peace process. But the way they were treated makes this whole enterprise a gimmick at best or a fraud at worst.

But does that mean the reverse. Does that mean if peace is not possible, violence is the option. Leave the rest, focus on this question alone. This seemingly unilateral ceasefire will be put to test in the days to come. But let’s for a change believe in the truth, even if the `truth’ is based on a monumental lie. Sure ceasefire is a joke, turn it around. May be they are caught in the trap of their own making. There are ways and ways to twist the deal in your favour provided you don’t base your politics on emotions, but on realities. Hard, bitter, crushing realities. We can – for a while – rise above the statements of rejection and condemnation which we have fed on for long. Rejection originates from excitement, acceptance demands application of mind and courage to face the unpleasant. Rejection may earn us a temporary popular support, but it can’t be a one-answer-fits-all solution. A positive response to the move may have immediate negative results, but the reverse can also be possible. We know we have tried and failed, we can (as Samuel Beckett puts it) `try better, fail better.’

We are melons. Our relationship with the knife is unilaterally destructive no matter what falls on what. I find no fresh substitute to this cliched allegory while describing myself. The way we are losing lives makes us losers who can’t choose ways for themselves. Being losers never means surrendering our claim or giving up on our rights. Being losers means losing what we need to guard. Life. And unless we understand the consequences of pitting ourselves against a life-devouring monster, we will lose and lose – and lose only. Ceasefire won’t do any magic for us. But we are an option-less people for whom bad is better than worse. For us, one death delayed is a bonus, one life saved – a blessing.