It was clear that by breaking the coalition with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP wanted to please the hardcore hindutva constituency in the country (‘Second among equals’, July 1). But, to say that Mehbooba Mufti did not utilise the Centre’s assistance for development work in the state is just an excuse. The BJP was desperate to leave the alliance, which, in the first place, was of convenience.
The decision to leave was more of a political one. Even if Rajnath Singh had received positive reports from the security agencies in Kashmir, the Central leadership of the BJP would have decided to end the alliance in the state.
Now, I am sure there is going to be all out offensive operations against militants in the valley. Security forces will be given a free hand. The work has already begun.
In spite of Singh’s best efforts to bring peace and development to the valley, the BJP-PDP alliance in Kashmir did not last long. The politics of religion, and the hate campaigns by separatists and militants, assumed disturbing proportions during Ramzan. Scaling up operations in the valley can only worsen the situation.
The interview with Singh, and the other articles in your cover story, made an interesting read. The Centre gave a long rope to the PDP to help improve the situation in the valley. The state government was expected to bring the misguided and wayward radical elements into the mainstream.
Even the ceasefire during Ramzan was not reciprocated by separatists and militants.
The parting of ways was inevitable, I thought. But, the PDP for sure was taken by surprise by the BJP’s decision.
The BJP’s inconsistency in dealing with internal and external policies has harmed the nation. The Centre’s announcement of ceasefire during Ramzan backfired. Allowing the militants to capitalise on it during the window period and, at the end of it, suddenly breaking the alliance with the PDP, were flawed strategies by the BJP.
Now that Jammu and Kashmir is under governor’s rule, the Union government should go for the kill! The Army should escalate its operations and eliminate all terrorists in the valley with no second thought.
Barkha Dutt, in her impassioned and reasoned plea, in the backdrop of the more-than-smouldering situation in Jammu and Kashmir, put forward ten commendable points that need to be given serious thought even when agreeing to disagree with any of them. Her appeal to political parties for a national consensus on the Kashmir issue, eschewing partisan politics, is worth adopting.
After going through Dutt’s article, many readers may wonder whether she wanted to wound them by not suggesting even a single remedy to solve the problems of Kashmiris. She states that a national political consensus is needed to frame a Kashmir policy, but fails to indicate a proper outline of various aspects on which consensus are needed.
Thereafter, she says denials about the gravity of the situation need to end. One wonders which political party denies that the situation in Kashmir is not grave.
Dutt says to end the myth that education is an antidote to militancy. Once again, readers may wonder whether there is any trace of militancy in the highly educated areas of the world.
Everything that Dutt has raised in her write-up raises a simple question. Why pretend one is an expert political analyst?
We are wise
Anita Pratap has tried her level best to convince the readers with the jugglery of words and gymnastic of logic that jails, not Islam, are responsible for global Islamic terrorism (‘Soundbite’, July 1). Pratap can go on kidding, but the readers are wise enough to see through her desperation to force-feed her wild prejudice into their brains.
Her frantic effort to prove her politically correct narrative by quoting some unknown, if not dubious, French political scientist, is really laughable, if not condemnable.
Whether we like it or not, we have to accept the globally prevailing fact that Islamic terrorism is the greatest threat to peace and security in the world.
Pratap and her ilk are trying to befool us by such perverse reasoning. They are trying to hide and distort truth. But they cannot defend the indefensible. While we must respect all religions and accept their good points, we must trace out and recognise the evil in them.
Muslim clerics and scholars, throughout the world, who are the real lovers of Islam, must introspect on why Islam has been breeding terrorism through ages. Why the rich, prosperous and the highly educated are brainwashed to become terrorists?
Islam must reform and refine itself through its clerics and scholars, and adjust itself to the concepts and values of democracy, liberalism, secularism and tolerance.
Imran Khan, after a long wait, could become the next prime minister of Pakistan (‘Doctored pitch’, July 1). His party is slowly gaining strength. A lot of people have started projecting Khan as the messiah of Pakistan, and rightly so.
Khan has been working hard in the past few years, and it will reflect in the elections. The next five years are crucial for Pakistan, and Khan, if elected, will have to take some bold decisions.
Manjrekar is right
Sanjay Manjrekar has beautifully described Japan in his column (‘Last word’, June 24). I have had the good fortune of visiting Japan a few times in the eighties and nineties, and I endorse every word Manjrekar has said about life and culture in Japan.