Master Gambit of BJP
Tannison Gambit is one of the famous tricks to fool the opponent in the game of chess by sacrificing the material of lesser value to take the advantage in the long run. The political scenario prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir right now is no different as BJP lead the cortege of “unholy alliance” with PDP. The alliance seemed fragile right from its inception when Late Mufti Syed took oath under the constitution of India but thanked Pakistan at the same time. It was expected that the “flimsy” promise of working on “Agenda of Alliance” will never absorb the political pressure of sensitive a state like Jammu and Kashmir.
During PDP-BJP tenure, Kashmir region witnessed the bloodiest years in which lethal pellets blinded hundreds and scores of innocents were shown the road to the graveyard. However, as someone has rightly said: “what goes around comes around”. PDP’s fall and humiliation were likely to happen. It will take time for Mehbooba Mufti to get over this political trauma and she has to work very hard to save her party from sinking.
On the contrary, PDP’s “partner in crime” BJP which has been portrayed as the “maseehah” for the people of India has already played the political masterstroke for the upcoming elections. Citing the decision of breaking alliance with PDP as “in the national interest”, BJP has made Mehbooba Mufti and her party a scapegoat in front of people belonging to mainland India. She has been portrayed as a hurdle and obstacle in fighting with the Pakistan, militants, and Hurriyat in Kashmir. Leaving no stone unturned, BJP also justified this break up with the killing of noted Journalist Shujaat Bukhari. One fails to get a clue that how who once rejoiced and celebrated the assassination of veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh just because her values, principles, and ethics didn’t allow her to bow in front of Hindu extremists can mourn the killing of Shujaat Bukhari?
But in a country like India, this “masterstroke” is likely to pay for the BJP in the upcoming elections especially in Jammu region, as “Hindu extremists” are always ready for anything if they are promised to have war with Pakistan and those who have close ties with it. BJP has always exploited the masses in the name of “fighting terrorism and Pakistan” while ignoring the basic complications of the people.
In order to cover-up it’s failures and paint rosy pictures of mishandled and bad affairs of the state, BJP is trying to divert the focus of common masses from basic day to day issues by posing and using communal stances and tirades against Pakistan, Hurriyat, and militants. Demonetisation stands testimony to the fact, in which around 70 people lost their lives across India but not a single voice was raised against “Modi Sarkar” because these structural reforms were considered to be an attempt to put breaks on stone pelting and terror funding in Kashmir. Also, petrol and diesel prices have hit all-time high but still Indians are ready to accept the extremist saffron government as their agenda has always been against the Muslims, especially of Kashmir.
Now, with the imposition of Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP will have a direct and free-hand to speed up its “brutalities in Kashmir” while other pro-India politicians of Kashmir will beat their chests for human rights violations in order to regain their political ground in the trouble-torn state. Without wasting any time, Mehbooba Mufti has already started showing perfunctory kindness and sympathy towards Kashmiri people by warning New Delhi for adopting a “muscular policy” in Kashmir. But in this cacophony, none has been able to provide any relief to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the last seven decades.
(Ideas expressed are personal)
(Malik Mudasir is an IMBA student of Kashmir University and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)