Kashmir at the regional chessboard
It was really strange to hear Farooq Abdullah complainingto New Delhi for unexpected rough treatment despite unflinching loyalty of his family with Indian state. Though, complainis largely about the detention which was served to the ex CMs and loyalists of New Delhi amid unilateral stripping of quasi-autonomous special status of statehood from Kashmir on 5th August last year. Political parties in occupied Kashmir have recently reaffirmed resolve for restoration of statehood in Indian constitution to pre 5th August status. By asking only for restoration of so called special status instead of plebiscite, the ex-puppets of New Delhi have once again tried to prove their loyalties with old masters. It is about time for the loyalists of New Delhi to evaluate the accumulative impact of their stance. Occupied Kashmir and its inhabitants definitely disagree with all those parties who still maintain good hopes from power corridors of New Delhi.Kashmir was neither quiet nor happy with occupational atrocities of Indian state even prior to unilateral abrogation of symbolic statehood status on 5th August 2019. India has not yet seriously thought to resolve the Kashmir issue through peace oriented political means. Situation kept worsening in Kashmir with every passing moment due to brutal application of state power against the sons of soils who never asked anything beyond universally acknowledged fundamental rights in their homeland. Indian state’s decades long desperation to hold Kashmiri territory with the force of guns and bayonets has eventually brought the whole region to the brink of an extra ordinary clash. Goals being pursued by BJP’s hawkish leadership are ferociously destructive. Horn locking with China provides a true insight of ruling cult’s expansionist mindset pushing the India rapidly towardsmulti front confrontations. Saner quarters in India rightly opposing the populist tide of BJP which might fetch short term political wins but theconsequences in the longer run will be unaffordable. An Indo-Pak discussion on free and fair plebiscite in Kashmir might possibly carve out peace probabilities. This seems almost impossible after unwise provocative conversion of disputed areas in union territories by BJP government. On 5th August 2019, unilateral change of Kashmir’s status was out rightly rejected by two major neighbors; China and Pakistan with former having specific reservations about Ladakh region. It is almost impossible for India to shroud the ambitious offensive designs with smart diplomacy and wide market potentials. Firstly, over ambitious abrogation move of Modi inKashmir badly exposed the worst human rights violations to the world. Secondly, alarming rise of Islamophobia wave all across the India in the form of controversialcitizenship legislation unveiled the real fascist image of ruling BJP and its mother organization RSS. No lengthy explanations are required to comprehend that why Nepal, Srilanka, China and Pakistan have serious issues with Indian coercive mindset? A serious glance at Indian media is enough to spot the ongoing brain storming aimed at establishing New Delhi’s regional supremacy. This becomes a greater threat when a country like India, with more than 1.35 billion populations, is seriously striving to knockdown a powerful neighbor like China with more than 1.39 billion population and enormous combat potential. Indian disputes with Pakistan over Kashmir including war history, addiction to proxy patronization in neighborhood, indulgence in terror sponsoring and bleak track record of multiple border disputes are enough evidences to understand the New Delhi’s role as a regional spoiler. Recent Indian standoff at Ladakh with China is gradually transforming in a larger military buildup on either sides. This is obviously fueled up by India on the behest of US. Aggressive posturing against Beijing, in South China Sea and at the sensitive fringes of Strait of Malacca, in the form of joint naval exercises between US, Japan and Australia was manifested under the provocative hosting of India. US, disillusioned with sole super power mindset, has multiple game plans against China. What compels India to act on the behest of a global power against strong neighbors like China and Pakistan? Most obviously, ambitious desperation to build agrand regionalhegemon and traditional extremist urge to crush the Pakistan for sin of 1947 partition, have kept the Indian hawks in a state of permanent unrest. Though, India has all the rights to join hands with any global power but its recent maneuvering on regional chessboard have raised serious concerns in entire region. While bluffing the internal audience over Ladakh failure, Indian diplomatic quarters are seeking face saving from Beijing in the form of restoration of status-quo at LAC. However, Beijing is vigilantly measuring New Delhi’s military buildup, naval adventurism and targeted coercive maneuvering. Indian CDS General Bapin Rawat’s recent threat to use military option in Ladakh in case of failure of dialogues amply proves Chinese military upper hand in standoff. India knows that presentlyher defense and economic muscles are too weak to take on China. New Delhi has opted to target China in diplomatic and economic arena while simultaneously building enough military potential for at least two decades. This seems very much possible to the BJP hawks if US appeasement through anti-China optics continue to work. New Delhi has a much aggressive and unwise plan for IIOJK, LoC and Pakistan. Indian coercive moves at regional chessboard have made the future of Kashmir more bleak and dicey. Old puppets in Srinagar should think beyond their personal share in the pie. Most obviously, recent moves of global players on regional chessboard will deeply affect the future of Kashmir .