Bhubaneshwar, Dec 29: Terming the current phase of unrest in Kashmir as unprecedented, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said that the disastrous and failed policies pursued by the BJP Government in New Delhi during the last four and half years were responsible for the current mess in the Valley.
While addressing a series of seminars in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, he said during the last four and half years of BJP rule at the Center, its Kashmir policy has been a failure. The current phase of unrest is unprecedented. There was alienation before also, but in the last few years it has depended. The truth is that there is huge alienation, anger and disillusionment among Kashmiris and the reason is that the BJP Government looks at Kashmir only through the prism of security. The core of BJP Govt’s Kashmir policy remains exclusive reliance on repression, use of disproportionate force. Continued hate campaigns, harassment of Kashmiri students in certain states is only adding fuel to the fire. The communalization of politics by the Sangh Parivar has created a situation of mistrust.
“The record of the present regime in Delhi is not only disappointing, it has also added fuel to the fire because of its erroneous policies vis-à-vis Kashmir. In 2014 when Parliament and Assembly elections were held, there was huge participation of people. However, dismal voting percentage was recorded during by-election to Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. On one hand Government of India (GoI) boasts that it held Urban Local Bodies and Panchayat elections in the state, but the fact is that the by-election to Parliament constituency of south Kashmir could not be held in two and half years due to the unrest,” Tarigami added.
He said that during a seminar on “Challenges To Our Composite Culture, Harmony and Parliamentary Democracy” organised by Odisha Jana Chetana Manch, he said, Sangh-Parivar’s hate camping against minorities and Dalits across country in the name of Gua Raksha and other such issues is one of the reasons responsible for the current unrest in Kashmir. The emergence of the BJP at the national level and greater targeting of the minorities, Dalits, unreasonable, irrational statements against them by those in authority has only added to the already existing uncertainty in Kashmir.
Tarigami said that it frightened Kashmiris and sense of insecurity increased. Several people were killed in mob lynching in the Indian mainland and it resulted in a new wave of unrest and the response of the GoI has been negative. Right now, an average Kashmiri feels that if at all there is some unrest, the government of India will show only one type of response – that of pellets, bullets and tear gas.
Despite assurances by New Delhi that it will resume the dialogue, the only approach in the last four-and half years has been maximum use of force. In the last four years around 300 civilians were killed, but no enquiry was held ever, and no one was held accountable.
I appeal democratic forces in the country to intervene and raise the voice within and outside the Parliament to put an end to this disastrous policy pursued by the BJP-Government. People in the rest of India do not know the sufferings of people of Kashmir.
If the BJP Government continues to terrorize the people, it will only be adding to the limited number of militants at present. The Government must understand that Kashmir’s problem is because of accumulation of political, social, and human factors and not merely because Pakistan is trying to make inroads in Kashmir.
Kashmir’s problem is a historical one and the massive unrest has only deepened by the successive wrongs of the governments in Delhi, and particularly made worse by the one headed by Modi. These policies, if not reversed are bound to endanger the very foundations of the Republic. It is very clear now that Modi Govt is trying the Kashmir situation to help its campaign of deepening communal polarization across the country in the run up to the general elections.
Tarigami addressed the seminar as chief guest with Janardan Pati, senior CPI (M) leader and Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik besides others spoke on the occasion.
A public meeting held at KHORDHA, a place of popular uprisings was also addressed by Tarigami, Janardan Pati and leader of opposition in Odisha Assembly Narasingh Misra along with other leaders.
DC Shopian suspends two forest officials
Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.
Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties.
Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.
He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.
Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami
Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.
“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.
“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.
He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.
“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.
Dir Gen IMD meets Guv
Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.
Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.