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EditorialFarooq’s joining Hurriyat Camp

Farooq’s joining Hurriyat Camp

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Farooq's joining Hurriyat Camp

Dr. Farooq Abdullah is a flamboyant character of who has no control over himself when he is angry and often whimsical. He can say anything and may appears fundamentalist. A couple of weeks ago, Farooq wrote in a Srinagar journal that his father Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah would have been happy that the Kashmiri youth had picked up the gun to support their demand for independence. I knew the Sheikh well and I do not think that he would have made such an irresponsible statement.

In his speech, he said: “I want to tell the workers of Conference not be out of this struggle. I warn you: we are a part of this struggle. We have fought every time for the interests of this state.”

Farooq will be well-advised to resign from the Rajya Sabha because he cannot be with and the Hurriyat at the same time. In fact, It is shocking as how a person who has been a Union minister and Kashmir's chief minister can make such a statement which counters the Constitution. Significantly, he addressed the gathering in Kashmir.

 

 

Farooq Abdullah's biggest problem is that he always wants to remain in the headlines. To do so he would say anything. Is Farooq confident that what the Hurriyat is preaching in the interest of the people in Kashmir, much less India? Has he ever weighed the repercussion of the Valley's separation from the rest of country? Kashmir is a landlocked territory and does not have an easy access to any place except India.

The boys who are fighting against the Indian forces are very clear about what they desire. They wanted the Valley to be converted into an independent sovereign Islamic state. They did not favour integration with Pakistan.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a separatist Hurriyat leader, does not represent them because he now wants Kashmir to be part of Pakistan, even at the expense of undoing the partition arrangement.

 

In fact, the Maharaja of Kashmir Hari Singh wanted to stay independent after the British left. But tribals lead by regular Pakistani forces attacked Jammu and Kashmir forcing Maharaja to accede to India and the raiders reached the periphery of Srinagar. They would have captured it if they had not stopped at Baramulla to loot and plunder.

 

At that time, Farooq Abdullah's father, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah – released from jail on the insistence of then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru – organised the people's militia during the Maharaja regime and stalled the forces marching towards Srinagar till regular Indian forces landed at the airport to push back the invaders to the territory; what is now known as PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir).

Because of constitutional provisions, J&K enjoyed the type of autonomy which other states do not have. Subsequently, Sheikh Abdullah had the state constituent assembly pass a resolution that the state of J&K had acceded to India irrevocably. Before doing so, he sent Sadiq Sahib, who became the state chief minister later, to Pakistan to assess what kind of polity Islamabad was going to pursue.

After hearing Sadiq's view that Pakistan wanted to be an Islamic state, the Sheikh Sahib, a product of people's struggle to obtain independence from the Maharaja and the British, took no time in joining India because he wanted the state to be pluralistic. A democratic India, where there would be religious freedom, was the obvious choice for him.

With the passage of time, the Sheikh became the only liberal voice which could be heard clearly in the midst of challenges and counter-challenges by the Hindus and the Muslims.

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