Inept, insincere

- THE STATESMAN

Jun 20, 2018-

The failure of Ramzan ceasefire in J&K must register as a classic example of official bungling: political, administrative and military. That only confirms the folly of both the state and central governments in misconstruing gestures, gimmicks, slogans etc. as governance. It is inevitable that hawks on both sides of a bitter divide will now not only be overjoyed that it is back to letting the guns do the talking, but actually encourage an escalation of the vicious circle of violence that has led nowhere for close to three decades. The lives of common folks have been shattered, and will continue to remain that way until some sanity descends on the scenic Valley.

One uncharitable interpretation is that the BJP leadership in Srinagar/Jammu and New Delhi wanted to give Mehbooba Mufti and her PDP a rope long enough with which to hang themselves. Maybe Ms. Mufti was romantic, and imagined a unilateral ceasefire during the holy month would serve as a magic wand even though her alliance partner was not on board; Raisina Hill ought to have been more mature, and realised that an isolated initiative would not suffice. There is little point in Mr Rajnath Singh citing casualty figures pointing out that there were more violent incidents during Ramzan than the month previous, or praising the forces for their restraint during the NICO--did he expect them to function in contravention of orders? Funny, little was heard from the special representative during the ceasefire: was that not a window for him to pursue his efforts? And what came in the way of the National Conference and other parties trying to broker a reduction of animosity?

The tragedy of J&K is that none of the actors can rise above vested interests. Now that the Ramzan ceasefire did nothing to warrant its extension, it is with trepidation that the Amarnath Yatra is awaited--fresh violence could trigger an ugly backlash.

 

Published: 20-06-2018 07:45

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