By Safi Nasim
New Delhi’s stern crackdown against resistance politics is yet another testimony to the fact that India has miserably failed to crush the popular sentiment in Kashmir or coax the Kashmiris to buy into the idea of India.
While unleashing unbridled force and using bullets and pellets and everything against Kashmiris, India still has the cheek to blame Pakistan for the precipitous situation across the Valley.
India’s current strategy on Kashmir that is a part of the so called Doval Doctrine is born out of insecurities that the Sangh Parivar has instilled into India’s modern polity to spread its tentacles further and consolidate its dream of Akhand Bharat in which only Hindus will have the human rights, while all others would be treated as second class citizens. It’s a phenomenon that has already begun since Modi’s assuming office in 2014.
Day in and day out, we see the victimization of the minorities in India, Muslims in particular. Hardly a week goes by without the news of a case of assault on minorities or a lynching. This in addition to constant venom that the politicians keep spewing.
India’s violent strategy in Kashmir is fanned further by the growing military and geostrategic power of Pakistan and its interoperability with China. India’s equation with two of its most powerful neighbours is anything but friendly and the current Hindutva dispensation is doing nothing to come to a rapprochement with them.
India’s cause isn’t helped either by the new developments in Af-Pak region where not only the Taliban is getting stronger than ever but also the fact that Pakistan has succeeded in dismantling the terror networks that operated against it. Taliban have succeeded in presenting a case before US and other powers that it can’t be ignored and no government in Afghanistan can bring peace and prosperity in the region unless the Talibs are on board. America too has understood this reality as have Chine, Russia, Saudi Arabia and other powers.
A Taliban comeback in Afghanistan and a complete US troop withdrawal means a big no-no for India’s games in Afghanistan. Which in turn means that India loses a strong bargaining chip against Paksitan in the form of an ideal ground that it used against Pakistan to hatch conspiracies and unleash terror through its mercenaries.
The writer is a political analyst; views expressed by him are entirely his own.