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Minister of State floats a new bogey: Intellectual terrorism

Jitendra Singh said Parliament had already passed an unanimous resolution in 1994 saying Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India.

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Stating that the accession of Jammu and Kashmir and its integration with India should have been a settled question several years ago, Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Wednesday suggested that “intellectual terrorism” and “anti-India activism” were attempting to keep that question alive.

“The problem with us in India is that we do not close chapters. And sometimes when convenience suits us, we open chapters. Gade murde ukhaad lete hain, kabhi kabhi jab zaroorat ho (We dig up old issues when it suits us),” Singh told Rajya Sabha while participating in a discussion on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Ministers usually do not participate in such discussions. They only intervene to respond on behalf of the government. But Singh had requested to speak and since he hails from Jammu and Kashmir, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien allowed him.

Singh said Parliament had already passed an unanimous resolution in 1994 saying Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India. In any case, the accession of Jammu and Kashmir was never in doubt, he said.

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“But sometimes, I dread to think that over the years, particularly after these 25 years of a protracted phase of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, sometimes it feels that a message has gone, rightly or wrongly, that there is a premium on anti-India activism, a premium on anti-India intellectualism. Aap Hindustan ke upar prashna chinha lagaye to aapkaa naam bhi buland ho jaata hai, aapki kitaab bhi hit ho jaati hai (If you raise a question over India, you become famous and your book sells),” he said.

“I do not know whether it would be parliamentary to say whether sometime, somebody could contemplate or give a serious thought to such kind of intellectual terrorism, which is, in itself, going to create lot of implications. Yeh buddhijiviyo ka ek naya riwaz hai aur shayad usi me khyati bhi prapt ho jaati hai (this is a new custom of the intellectuals and probably this brings a lot of fame to them). Aur uska nateeja, parinaam, aneko model pichhle 20 saalo me diye jaa rahe hain Kashmir ko hal karne ke liye (And the result is that several models are being suggested in the last 20 years as a solution to the Kashmir problem),” he said.

Singh said he was unable to understand why could there be no consensus on who are the people with whom the central government can talk to on Kashmir.

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“There is a famous English proverb, that you cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. And I am proud to say that this was quoted most often by Indira Gandhi. Can’t we come together to identify which this clenched fist is, because it is a common enemy of all of us,” he asked.

He said when there is talk about involving all stakeholders in finding a solution, Kashmiri Pandits must be included.

“Can you have Kashmiriyat without Kashmiri Pandits? Kashmiri Pandit, even if he is living outside the Valley, is an equal stakeholder.

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Stakeholders are the Kashmiri Pandit, stakeholders are the refugees from West Pakistan, stakeholders are the refugees from PoJK (Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir), stakeholder is the Sikh community, stakeholder is Jammu, and stakeholder is Ladakh,” he said.

He also urged political parties not to “do or say anything” which demoralise security forces in the state.

First published on: 11-08-2016 at 04:45:59 am
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