Whither Migrants ?
by P. N. Magazine
discussions often take place among dispossessed person of the Kashmir valley,
languishing in forced exile, for the last six years, outside their motherland
(Kashmir), in different parts of the country, most of them in Delhi and Jammu
camps, they long for the opportune time when subversive movement militancy in
Kashmir valley comes to an end, enabling them to return to their abodes.
They are under a wishful impression and false hopes
raised by misleading statements made by the government that militancy has been
contained and the law and order situation is normal. On the contrary the
situation in the valley is worsening day by day. Little do the migrants know
that so long as the present rulers are at the helm of affairs, this turmoil in
the State would not end at all, it would linger on.
No militancy or terrorism, anywhere in the world,
has ever been controlled with appeasement policies or practically financing and
aiding the militants by the concerned governments. It has been observed from the
very beginning of the turmoil in the valley that extra ordinary huge amounts are
pumped regularly in to the State for the so called developmental works and other
projects which straightway go into the pockets of the militants with the
connivance of local officials, who are non-cooperative and pro-militants.
Practically there is no development work worth the name seen anywhere in the
valley. On the contrary, unabated destruction of private and government
properties, buildings, bridges etc. and schools is going on an increasingly
large scale. Hence the militancy, which practically is financed by the
government, thrives menacingly with the Indian tax payers' blood despite
unrealistic and all claims made by the government that the law and order
situation has improved considerably and that the militancy is under control.
There is absolutely no iota of truth in these claims. Instead, militancy is
spreading menacingly to Jammu region as well on a large scale.
The Central Government has no clear-cut and
determined policy with regard to Kashmir, nor has it any will to settle this
issue speedily. It acts timidly and cowardly with a wavering mind and weak-kneed
policies, apparently under the influence and pressure of Western Powers and even
some Muslim countries. As such, our brethren are living in a fool's paradise. If
they hope that the situation in Kashmir will improve and they will be able to go
People of the valley continue to be under the
threat of gun. Even though they are fed up with gun-culture, they are unable to
give expression to their feelings. Rapes, abductions, kidnappings, murders of
innocent people, extortions, arson and loot continue to be the order of the day.
Under these circumstances, there is no immediate hope of restoration of the law
and order in the valley in the near future, nor can any elections be possible as
claimed by the government. So the displaced persons have no option but to resign
themselves to continued apathy, agony, plight, and insecurity in their present
state of forced exile. Our security personnel have also to be prepared as before
to suffer unusual loss of life, for more than in a regular battlefield while
fighting in a regular war, due to lack of proper, determined and realistic
directions from the government which is too busy in appeasing the militants, and
the Muslims in general, which also sends wrong signals across the borders.
In order to hang on to power by hook or by crook,
the Centre continues to ignore the legitimate aspirations of Kashmiri migrants.
Four Prime Ministers have ruled the country during the period of turmoil but not
a single PM or any politician at the national level, except of course the BJP,
has ever cared or deemed it proper to visit the hapless migrants and see for
themselves in what plight, unhygienic and inhuman conditions they live. On the
other hand, delegation after delegation visits Kashmir to woo the militants and
the Muslims and to appease them. No justice can be expected from this prejudiced
government which rules with discrimination and has practically allowed Kashmir
to be totally Islamised. I do not think or expect any justice from this
prejudiced government or have any hope of economic development and prospects of
any survival in future in the valley.
We should not ignore the fact that while succumbing
to the temptation of returning back to a valley, where even the Head of the
State is not safe, lives of innocent foreign tourists are in extreme danger, and
local employees are continuously non-cooperative and getting their salaries
without doing any work or atending their offices, then how can we migrants be
safe on our return.
There are only four alternatives or options left
for the migrants. One of it is to get ourselves converted to Islam and go back
to the valley with all grace, respect and honour, mix with out Muslim brethren
there, and live with them together as before and join hands with the militants
and subversive elements against India. This also meets the Hurriyat Conference
conditions set for our return to the valley which would ensure our safety and
security in all respects.
Alternatively we have to forget about our ancestral
homeland for ever and rehabilitate ourselves and settle somewhere outside
Kashmir, beyond the State borders, wherever we get a little space to our liking
and where we can fend for ourselves economically with some comfort and in a
better and dignified way.
If these alternatives are not acceptable or
feasible, then we should seek a political asylum in some foreign country which
is prepared to take us its care and give protection to us in all respects,
economic, educational, professional and so on, and rehabilitate us on permanant
basis at a place suiting us environmentally and climatically. In this way, we
can preserve our culture, rituals, traditions, heritage and also Kashmiryat.
The last option left for us is to be prepared for
making huge sacrifices and save the country as a whole and also the crown of
Bharat Maata (Kashmir) from the misrule of unpatriotic and selfish rulers and
politicians by coming out in the open, and awaken our countrymen across the
length and breadth of the country about the lapses, misrule, blunders, and
unpatriotic actions of our present day rulers. We shall have to go from door to
door, village to village, throughout the country explaining our plight so that
the people are made aware of the facts as they are and warn them that another
partition is in the offing in the country. Our community has the capacity and
potential to bring about a revolution of this kind a successful culmination. All
these options are open for consideration. Let the migrant community and their
leaders decide and make a unanimous choice from the above alternatives and act
accordingly as our patience is getting exhausted. Let us be up and doing, muster
our courage, have a presence of mind, and show our mettle to the world by
bringing the rulers on the right path, making them realise their mistakes and
blunders and show them that ours is not a dead community. Surprising and
miraculous results and success can be expected and achieved provided we unite
ourselves, come under one umbrella, follow one leader and have a united
Beware of the interests, opportunists and paid
agents who are active now and about to lure the migrants to return to the
valley, which will prove very disastrous at this stage.
Awake, Arise and Assert!
Source: Koshur Samachar