Srinagar, September 25 (Scoop News)-The revelations made in the Government of India report on the Army payments in Kashmir has not come as a surprise to people of the state but has shaken whatever faith they had been able to retain in the democratic system of the country. This was stated by Mehbooba Mufti President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a press conference today at Srinagar.
She said that these revelations might be sensational on their face these are only a confirmation of what an ordinary citizen of the state always held as a belief that every thing in the state is manoeuvred and remote controlled by powers outside the system. There are still many of us left who don’t fall into that category of trustworthy Indians but the way the issue has been projected paints everybody in one black colour.
Mehbooba said that The contents of the report are an insult to the people of the state that they are sought to be engaged through dubious means including bribing their representatives. It seems we are not treated as people with aspirations or political preferences but a class whose loyalties can be purchased through money and political favours. Instead of allowing democratic process and institutions to flourish as in other parts of the country we are told in 65th year of independence that it is the security establishment and their shady methods that run the place and keep it for the country. It comes as a shock that the establishment should treat only those people as worthy of country’s trust that are on their pay roles or are receiving favours.
She said that the expose is of course sensational but more shocking is the response from various quarters in the country. No one in the discourse has disapproved of these methods or denied their existence but justified them in the national interest and are upset only on their becoming a public knowledge saying they are justified in national interest. They are not worried that a state that joined India in the hope of becoming part of a vibrant democracy should still be governed through undemocratic means. They are worried as usual about the fall out of these revelations and criticise the exposé rather than the facts of it. There is not a single voice that has risen in favour of the people of the state who have been subjected to denial of human and democratic rights in world’s largest democracy.
Mehbooba alleged that National Conference is now trying to use the exposé as a fig leaf to cover its atrocities in 2010 that left 120 dead. But it was this government that by its own admission investigated those cases and arrested thousands of youth. Most of them are still facing police cases. Criminal proceedings and FIRs against them have destroyed the career of about ten thousand young people. Those who were gunned down by police and security forces were dubbed as criminals, anti nationals, drug addicts and paid agents. Now the ruling party is singing a different tune. One can ask the government what is the worth of its investigation and charge sheets. What action is it taking against those who have been party to the alleged conspiracy and the motivated investigation?
She said that PDP had maintained then, as it maintains now that the state government killed innocent people who demanded justice. We also maintain that the youth framed in cases of waging war against the state or stone pelting are innocent and need to be compensated. The state government must withdraw all cases against them and tender an unqualified apology to them and families of the dead.
The revelations need to be investigated through a credible institution even though the facts that have come out in GOI report are enough to establish that these methods are a part of the Kashmir policy of government of India. The state has been reduced to a security enterprise which is fuelled by two input: money and political patronage. Instead of taking people of the state on board by allowing democracy to flourish and giving them a sense of empowerment the state has been left to the ways of establishment that claims trying to win hearts and minds through a bunch of middlemen,Mehbboba said..
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