By Hari Om Mahajan
The Muslim movement in Kashmir is jihad. It is part of the campaign which divided India in August 1947. The Muslim theological precept doesn’t recognise any national boundary, any state authority and any extra-religious obligation. Muslim political obligation is religious in content and it draws its inspiration from scriptures. Islamists have been seeking to Islamise Kashmir. This is the truth and can be ignored at one’s peril.
Princely states were not part of the partition plan of 1947. Partition plan was strictly confined to British India. The sovereigns of the princely States or the rulers of the princely States were left free by the Indian Independence Act of 1947 to accede to or join any of the two Dominions — India or Pakistan — taking into consideration the contiguity factor.
Before the sovereign of Jammu & Kashmir would have taken a decision on its accession, Islamicjihad engulfed the State and then turned to swallow Hyderabad and Junagarh. While the Indian political class, which inherited power from the British and ruled India then, ran from pillar to post, the people of all the three States defeated the designs of the jihadis. All the three States acceded to India as per the constitutional law on the subject.
Islamic jihad, not having been able to achieve its objective of having a ‘South Pakistan’ (Hyderabad) and ‘North Pakistan’ in Jammu & Kashmir, continued its line of Muslim-majority principle to claim Jammu & Kashmir. Islamic jihad has for the last 70 years struggled, fought, indulged in a war of subversion and taken recourse to terrorism to grab Jammu & Kashmir and create ‘North Pakistan’.
The Indian political class, on the other hand, did not either recognise the content and contour of this jihad in Kashmir or was not prepared to face it and fight it. It evaded efforts to evolve conceptual constructs to secure its boundaries and secure its territories, specifically Jammu & Kashmir.
The jihad in Kashmir is carried on by Pakistan, which is a cut-off territory of the Indian subcontinent and stands on the head of India with 200 nuclear bombs.
The present radicalised struggle in Jammu & Kashmir, as said, is a jihad which is using all forms of subversive warfare to grab Jammu & Kashmir and has at its beck and call the Muslim separatist forces in Jammu & Kashmir, elements in India sympathetic to thejihadi struggle and sections of the global Muslim community.
The jihad in Kashmir should not be misunderstood, as it has been by the Indian political class deliberately or otherwise as a struggle for freedom or a struggle for self-determination or a struggle for ‘Kashmiriyat’ or whatever nomenclature thejihadi fighters have invented to suit their purpose.
Self-determination was confined only to the liberation of colonies from the colonial powers, and it ended its course with the formation of the United Nations. To call the ongoing movement in Kashmir a struggle for freedom would, therefore, be a misnomer. It would be a contradiction of sorts because no nation-state can be broken for the sake of small minority who wants to separate from it.
The separatist movement in Kashmir and the jihad, the form it has taken, is a continuity of the Islamist movement which foisted the first partition on the people of India in 1947. It is now working to foist a second partition on the people of India. It seeks to extend the reach of Islamic State of Pakistan to the border of Himachal Pradesh on the one side, and the Sanskrit Himalayas on the other. Its extension to the Sanskrit Himalayas will make the China-Pakistan axis a force which will change the entire balance of power in Asia. More importantly, it will demolish the entire northern frontier of India and expose the whole of north India to invasions from the north.
Vast parts of Kashmir have already been captured by the jihadis, whose leader Zakir Musa openly and unambiguously says that their “struggle is not for azaadi but for Islamic rule, Allah and caliphate” — which is the watchword and battle-cry of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Earlier, his predecessor, now slain Burhan Wani, a Hizbul commander, had repeatedly said that their “jihad is for a Caliphate”.
Sadly, the authorities didn’t act on time to nip the evil in the bud. Contrarily, they virtually legitimised the hoisting of Islamic State flags completely overlooking the fact that these flags were, in the words of former DGP, Jammu & Kashmir Police, MM Khajuria, “symbols of the most poisonous, brutal and dangerous Wahhabi/Salafi terrorist ideology” as well as that of Abu Bagdadi-led Pan-Islamic Islamic Caliphate spreading its deadly tentacles across the globe sucking in vulnerable Muslim youth”.
More significantly, the past two years or more witnessed the authorities in Jammu & Kashmir in a state of retreat. The policy of retreat only further emboldened the jihadis and the result has been deadly attacks on Army camps and convoys, attacks on police stations and assualts on the CRPF camps. Besides, this policy of retreat has so emboldened the over-ground supporters of jihadis that they have been hampering counter-terrorist operations with impunity.
The political class has right from the beginning of freedom of India relied on conceptual constructs which are self-contradictory, illogical, unscientific and destructive in nature. Meaningless concepts such as ‘composite dialogue’, ‘stakeholders’, ‘back channel diplomacy’, ‘peace process’, “neighbours cannot be changed’, ‘South-Asian Peace Zone’ and ‘India-Pakistan friendship’ have been fabricated by the political class because it has never picked up the courage to face the growth of Islamic jihad in Kashmir and because it has never built the determination to fight it.
It is heartening to note that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains, who constitute 43 per cent of population of Jammu & Kashmir and inhabit over 88 per cent of its land area, have not allowed these jihadis to extend their tentacles beyond the Kashmir valley. They appear determined to fight the jihad and, if necessary, also to fight the imbecility and pusillanimous character of the political class. But this is not enough. The Indian state has to act like the US, Israel, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh and so on, have acted. It would be simplistic to expect others to fight India’s battle.
Source : Daily Pioneer