‘I disapprove of what you say’, said Volatire in his classic remarks about freedom of speech, ‘but I will defend to the death your right to say it’.That absolutely is the touch-stone to judge the character of a government. democracies do give the people the fredom to elect their representatives and bring a change. but the way this change takes place or rather aloowed to take place here in Kashmir, people always find themselves on the receiving end.
democracies thrive in an atmosphere of free expression. where the principle of defending the opposite view point prevails. where tolerance dominates to make you listen to what you don’t want to.
democracies provide equal opportunities for all. it plays level playing for all. you to take pride in wearing your Indianess on your sleevees, others to take wind under your sials. and drown you in your claims. it gives you the right to participate in elections and do the twittering. and others the right to boycott elections and expose your double-speak and duplicity.
caging your political rivals in lock-ups and prisons and robbing them of their democratic access to people and then hold elections brings not democratic rule. it brings a regime of elected political lackeys. to perpetuate the status quo.
it is the fear of expouser , fear of getting unmasked and fear of public fury getting unleashed, the rulers have resorted to have one-eyed, one-eared perception of democracy stay in Kashmir.
and that kind of democracy needs garrisons and army bridges to impose its authority. which state in India is having seven lakh troops and paramilitary forces, equipped by drconian laws like AFSPA-that insulates them aganist any legal action, and, thus, keeps their ‘morale-boasting’ to indulge in further human right violations intact-to ‘aid’ and ‘support’ the civilian government? but in Kashmir the chapter of Indian democracy throws such wonders
Ramjeth Malani’s observation and remarks he made about Kashmir in his recent five-day visit has exposed the Indian democratic project in vogue in Kashmir. he said Kashmir is reminiscent of the much despised rule of Nazi’s of Germany. though the Supreme Court lawyer of India and head of Kashmir Committee tried to put the muck entirely on CM Omar Abdullah, the fact of the matter, however, is that roles of ‘mainstrteam’ Kashmir leaders are tailored to the ambitions of netas in Delhi. their stay in power depends on the unquestioned loyalty to Delhi. more the hyp-gyrations, more the asherwaad. and sustainability of their regime. omer-abdullah’s dispensation stands guaranteed till he serves the ‘national interests’ of India. what if entire Congress legislature in the state, in one voice, demand a rotational Chief Minister. What if Nazis rule in kashmir. It is New Delhi’s wish that prevails. The stark realities that cannot be denied or camoflauged.If Omer is a Nazi, who pops him up. Does this Hitler has commissioned his own army? Does he exert any authority on his troops? does "his" defence ministry report to him, much less being accountable to him? Did he intoxicate "his" troops thgrough AFSPA? Did he declare state under Disturbed Areas Act? Can the "Nazi" of kashmir summon one killer cop to his court?
on one sidfe malani says, ‘innocent Kashmiris are living in atmosphere of terror and tyranny…there are continuing human rights abuses and indiscriminate arrests….’ ,on other hand , Congress president and UPA chair person Sonia Ghandi cranes her neck up in her satisfaction on Kashmiri’s participation in elections: ‘Kashmiris have demonstrated their unwavering faith on democracy’. but here is how a member of Kashmir Assembly, Er. Rashid disaproves of Sonia. speaking in the assembly on March 15/2011, the independent MLA from Langate regretted of having contested assembly elections in the state where justice is not done to people and called it ‘worst’ day in his life when he joined assembly : ‘Jahan Zameer Kaa JanazahNikalta Dekh Raha Houn’.
reffering to the situartion of J&K in Indian parliment, CPI-M member Brinda Karat accused Indian Government of ‘behaving like occupying people;’ and called for stoping this approach. (GK March 16, 2011). The communist leader said that 117 people were killed in security forces action during summer 2010 mass-movement. she lamented not a single cop has been punished. karat said of the 117 cases only 37 FIR’s have been registered and no independent inquiry was conducted in time-bound manner. she felt there was ‘outrage’ among the people and they are not given ‘justice’. Young people, even today are being called to police stations, threatened and and detained. Karat denounced this as ‘militarization of entire valley’.
the coalition government of Congress (that rules in Delhi) and NC headed by Omer Abdullah grounded a resolution by Opposition PDP, that demanded setting up an inquiry commission headed by sitting Supreme Court judge to probe into last year’s summer uprising in valley in which 117 civilians were killed in the peaceful demonstrations.
describing the Omer Abdullah’s ‘democratic’ government more attrocious and worse than the autocratic Dogra rulers, an MLA from Jammu Balwant Singh Mankoti took the heat off Indian leader’s claim and said: ‘During past two decades around one lakh people were killed in violence , it didin’t happen when Dogras ruled J&K’.
what we said above is not ‘accusation’ of ‘some’ ‘fundamentalists’; or ‘separatists’ or ‘anti-social elements’ or ‘Pakistani-agents’ to malign government and security forces’ as New Delhi and their puppets in Srinagr make a case of. these are observations and remarks made from their MPs and MLAs. that purely reflects which type of government works in Kashmir.
Thoman Paine comes to mind : ‘When people fear government, you have tyranny. when the government fears the people, you have freedom’. need no Einestine to tell, iin Kashmir context, who fears whom: ‘people fear the government’, or ‘government fears the people’. and which outspaces the other , ”tyranny’ or ‘freedom’.