Artefact based on the present environment in kashmir valley.
“if you want to eradicate terrorism, stop participating in it”
From the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits to the grapevine of their rehabilitation, this is one of the most discussed wrangle from past 28 years. Nature has embellish Kashmir with cheerful abiding elegance and is rightly called as “Paradise on Earth.” Kashmir has splendid amount of Saffron production and Chinar trees that make valley look gorgeous and yellowish at times. But the adorable chinar of valley are now under momentous peril and menace as the same adorability becomes the arduous spectator of growing radicalization in valley.
Before 1999, no prime minister had gone to J&K. Atal Bihari Vajpayee changed that and went to J&K. He gave three mantas : Insaniyat, Jamhuriat, and Kashmiriat (Humanity, democracy, and J&K). We aspire to walk on that path. The concept of this article is limited to ideological radicalisation because its increasing supremacy is considered as the threat to national security. The worrying part is that Hurriyat, being a mouthpiece of Pakistan, spreading Salafism and Wahhabism in some tranquil parts of valley. Salafism is a jJihadist base ideologoy which believes in a fanatic approach to convert everyone to Islam. On the other hand, Wahhabiyya considers itself to be the only true Islam. Wahhabism was identified by European Parliament in Strasbourg as the main source of global terrorism. However, if the youth in J&K become target of new salafised version of Islam, then the outcome for whole nation would be catastrophic. Former National Security Advisor of India MK Narayana once quipped that “radicalization gaining ground is no longer a secret. Radicalization should be seen as the new threat in Kashmir. The danger is factual.”
Even some top brass of Indian Army inform that ever since the advent of Islam in Kashmir valley, it has been through the several episode of radicalization. Despite a decrease in militancy in J&K, we have been observing rapid Islamic radicalization in Kashmir valley and in Muslim majority areas of Jammu. Decrease in terrorism leads to the decrease in coercion and decrease in coercion should lead to the development of Individual rights and freedom. The ongoing synopsis of radicalization in Kashmir has several peculiarity; ancient ritual practices and doctrines is being removed by Salafism, youths in valley started picking guns, polarization among the Sunni Muslims, glorification of terrorism and separatism, austere speech of Wahhabi literature and the proxy combat by Pakistan through their jihadist sponsored intelligence agency called ISI.
Small groups of Kashmiri youth raise Pakistani and ISIS flags on weekly basis in Kashmir (particularly on Friday) is not because of their radicalized credo or intention of becoming part of the global jihad, but only a smart strategy to attract the Indian media’s attention especially of one particular electronic channel which holds hour long prime debates on such sepulchral issues. In that manner, Kashmir issue gets attention on daily basis. But we consider this gross statement as obnoxious and baseless. The main reason behind radicalisation is the lack of democratic essence. Student activism is still banned in University of Kashmir and in Central University of Kashmir (CUK). Not even a single piece of debate or discussion on Kashmir crises is allowed in this University campus.
Student activism is also banned in Jammu region which makes us incompetent to express ourself. The another reason is growing unemployment among the youth because unemployed youth can radicalised easily, no matter where they are taking asylum. Evaluating the unemployment rate i.e 12.13 as of 2017, J&K is prone to this threat. Dr. Vijay Sazawal, a kashmiri writer once quipped that “Kashmiriyat may be down; it is not out.” Mercifully the condition in valley is difficult but not dreadful or critical. Some reports suggested that following things should done: revival of Shri Vajpayee’s thought Kashmiriyat, Jumoorith and Insaniat, Other things like sufism, development of schools, production of jobs, women empowerment, counter Pakistan sponsored based terrorism through powerful inceptions like Social Media and resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits.
The grievances which allowed the terror based forces to grab the attention of Kashmiri was a result of the clear dominance by the elite oligarchy. We believe that Article 370 allowed Kashmir to remain undeveloped and allowed the oligarchy to not only retain power but to misuse.
Article 370 has been the biggest impediment to integration of J&K State. Article 370, included in the Constitution on a temporary provision should have been gradually abrogated. But, this has not happened in sixty years. By removing it and bringing the common Kashmiri man closer to the ideas and values the rest of India has, Kashmir will find peace. The chinar will find peace.