Back on May 4, 2019, we quoted the following line of veteran journalist Chitra Subramaniam,
- “India is listening to itself – and I think for the first time India likes what India is hearing in so many ways.”
This week India not only liked what India was hearing but India was deeply happy & satisfied. A historical wrong, a horribly servile & immensely damaging wrong, was finally corrected by India led by its truly Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And India liked how universally within India & outside Indians felt happy about this momentous act. A deep wound had been closed & a confident India looked forward.
For those who may not know or remember, a Brit-centric, Brit-servile leader of newly physically independent India committed a second destructive mistake in 1949 by introducing the infamous Article 370 in the Indian Constitution. But even he could not make it permanent and so he included it in Part XXI of the Constitution under “Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions”.
His first & much bigger mistake had been to prevent the Indian Military from throwing out the terrorist & soldier invaders from NaPakistan from the occupied 1/3rd of Kashmir. That Himalayan mistake still bedevils the Indian Subcontinent. Then instead of integrating the liberated two-thirds of Kashmir within India, that Brit-servile Prime Minister made it a special territory. Every evil in Kashmir dates back to that disastrous & treasonous decision by that Indian Prime Minister. And every single Prime Minister from his party kept justifying & maintaining that mistake since then.
Finally, India’s newest & most mentally independent Prime Minister corrected that mistake this past week and re-integrated Kashmir into India. At the same time, he recognized the culturally & ethnically different territory of Ladakh as Union Territory & separated it from Jammu & Kashmir.
For over 70 years, Ladakh has been ignored & abused by the state governments in Kashmir. No more. The people of Ladaakh will now control their own future. Listen to the emotional speech by a Member of Parliament from Ladakh.
The re-integration of Kashmir has made every son & daughter of India, regardless of where they live, happy & deeply satisfied. It is not an occasion for joyous celebration but an occasion to be intensely & quietly satisfied. A forcibly separated piece of India has been rejoined with the main body & that is a very very good thing.
The members & followers of the ruling Bhaaratiya Janata Party have an even greater reason to feel satisfied. The fight for Kashmir of their founder, Shree Mukherjee, has finally been won and his dream has been fulfilled. Shree Mukherjee not only quit the then ruling Congress, he not only fought against Nehru but he sacrificed his life in the fight against Nehru’s imposition of Article 370. He died on 23 June 1953 under mysterious circumstances in Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir during his protest. That dream of his was kept alive by every generation of BJP & Jan Sangh, the predecessor organization of BJP, and it was finally realized by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
This determined & great act by PM Modi is especially positive for Indian Muslims. The wound from Kashmir had festered & almost painted all Muslims with a negative brush. Now that wound will also heal. No wonder Muslims all over India feel relieved.
One such Muslim is Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin, the most direct descendant in the 22nd generation of Khwaja Moiniddin Chishti, a 13th century Sufi Muslim mystic & saint. He is the Head of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah (Shrine), the most important Sufi dargah in India & in the World.
Dewan Abedin called it a historic day for the country and told the press conference – “The Kashmir chapter is closed“. He added,
- “The Kashmir issue was awaiting its solution since the last 70 years. Article 370 was introduced in Kashmir in 1949. From then till now, the move to scrap it was discussed many times as it was a temporary installation … We welcome this move and congratulate the government for the same“
We were not surprised by these comments. Every Indian Muslim we know has wanted this wound to heal & this issue to go away.
But we were happily surprised to hear the comments from the Taleban of Afghanistan, yes the same Taleban who are fighting the current Afghan Government. Look what the Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taleban), said in his official comments on August 8, 2019:
- “Linking the issue of Kashmir with that of Afghanistan by some parties will not aid in improving the crisis at hand because the issue of Afghanistan is not related nor should Afghanistan be turned into the theater of competition between other countries.”
For those who may not know, the Taleban are nurtured & supported financially, materially & militarily by the NaPak army against the US forces & Afghan Government forces in Afghanistan. But that hasn’t dulled their desire to deal with both NaPakistan & India. This, once again, goes to show that the real terrorist regime that affects both India & Afghanistan is the self-proclaimed “land of the spiritually pure (pak)”.
Sadly, the first & gigantic mistake about Kashmir in 1948 by the first & most Brit-servile prime minister of India still prevents Afghans & Indians from getting together. That man allowed occupation of the northwestern 1/3rd of Kashmir by the Napak military, the portion of Kashmir that lies between Afghanistan & India. Some day, God willing, even that remaining 1/3rd of Kashmir will be re-integrated with Mother India. Then Afghanistan & India will be able to resume their direct relationship that dates back to the beginning of known time.
But that does not dull the deep satisfaction at re-integreation of 2/3rds of Kashmir after 70 years. The happy, satisfied but subdued reaction confirms our belief that the Indian people are indeed becoming mentally independent. And, as we wrote after PM Modi’s election victory on May 24, 2019,
- “And because of that increased mental independence, there is a virtuous circle growing in India between the Indian electorate & Narendra Modi. And such virtuous circles almost always destiny-creators.”
This week the world saw this Indian virtuous circle take a first historic step towards India’s true destiny.
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