04 December, 2020

Salahuddin And The Mob

All this mob lynching should stop. When a scuffle turns communal or when religion is del­iberately brought in to settle silly scores, it gets added to the national narrative...

Salahuddin And The Mob

The United States government’s decision to designate Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist is a great victory for Indian diplomacy and the country’s pos­ition on Islamic secessionism in Jammu and Kashmir. Many Indian obs­ervers have always believed that it was US endorsement and moral support which helped Pakistan to sponsor Islamic separatism and keep pushing foreign mercenaries into Indian soil. Even the creation of the Hurriyat Conference in 1993 is attributed to the genius of the then US Assistant Secretary of State, Robin Raphel. All this when Prime Minister Narasimha Rao was assiduously realigning Indian diplomacy to embrace the US as an unequal partner. Now, for the US to stamp Salahuddin or Yousuf Shah, a homegrown militant from the Valley, as a global terrorist marks a dramatic turn in the Indo-US relations. It is undoubte­dly Modi’s moment of triumph.

But is this enough to stamp out religious separatism in J&K? Sure, there is alw­ays a military solution to a militant uprising. Sri Lanka conclusively proved that it is possible...



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