Regionalism, Ethnicity, And Trifurcation: All In The Name Of National Integrity


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Regionalism, Ethnicity, And Trifurcation: All In The Name Of National Integrity

  1. 1. Regionalism, Ethnicity, And Trifurcation: All In The Name Of National Integrity 18/04/11 6:09 AM Printer Friendly VersionHome Regionalism, Ethnicity, And Trifurcation: All In The Name Of National Integrity By Dr. Nyla Ali Khan 15 April, 2011 Countercurrents.orgWhy Subscribe ? The question relevant to my purposes here is that is the “executive order,” not “bill”Popularise CC permitting the issuance of Dogra certificates to the Dogras, Hindu and Muslim, ofJoin News Letter Jammu province along the lines of Sir Owen Dixon’s proposition of the trifurcation of theEditors Picks State along religious and communal lines? Why is this vestige of British colonialism stillPress Releases given legitimacy? The Dogra Certificate was initiated by the British colonial governmentAction Alert to facilitate the recruitment of the Dogra royals into the armed forces? Who does it applyFeed Burner to now that Indian royals have been incorporated into the citizenry? Why do the youngRead CC In Your people of Jammu require certificates proclaiming their allegiance to one particularOwn Language province of J & K and one ethnicity in order to be eligible for recruitment into theBradley Manning Indian Central Reserve Forces? Now that the concerned Tehsildar has the power, vestedIndia Burning in him by the State, to issue such certificates to “to eligible desirous persons irrespectiveMumbai Terror of his/ her ethnicity, religion, cultural background and mother-tongue,” is the pluralisticFinancial Crisis and diverse population of J & K going to go through systemic homogenization or systemic divisions?IraqAfPak War I quickly attempt to connect Sir Own Dixon’s proposition of the trifurcation of J & KPeak Oil with the controversial Dogra certificates. In the interests of expediency, the UNCIPGlobalisation appointed a single mediator, Sir Owen Dixon, the United Nations representative for India and Pakistan, Australian jurist and wartime ambassador to the United States, toLocalism efficiently resolve the Kashmir conflict. Dixon noted, in 1950, that the Kashmir issue wasAlternative Energy so tumultuous because Kashmir was not a holistic geographic, economic, or demographicClimate Change entity, but, on the contrary, an aggregate of diverse territories brought under the rule ofUS Imperialism one maharaja. In a further attempt to resolve the conflict, Sir Owen Dixon propoundedUS Elections the trifurcation of the state along communal or regional lines, or facilitating thePalestine secession of parts of the Jhelum Valley to Pakistan.Latin America Despite the bombastic statements and blustering of the governments of both India andCommunalism Pakistan, however, the Indian government has all along perceived the inclusion ofGender/Feminism Pakistani-administered J & K and the Northern Areas into India as unfeasible. Likewise,Dalit the government of Pakistan has all along either implicitly or explicitly acknowledged theHumanrights impracticality of including the predominantly Buddhist Ladakh and predominantlyEconomy Hindu Jammu as part of Pakistan. The coveted area that continues to generate irreconcilable differences between the two governments is the Valley of Kashmir. DixonIndia-pakistan lamented:KashmirEnvironment “None of these suggestions commended themselves to the Prime Minister of India. In the Page 1 of 4
  2. 2. Regionalism, Ethnicity, And Trifurcation: All In The Name Of National Integrity 18/04/11 6:09 AMBook Review end, I became convinced that India’s agreement would never be obtained to demilitarization in any such form, or to provisions governing the period of the plebisciteGujarat Pogrom of any such character, as would in my opinion permit the plebiscite being conducted inKandhamal Violence conditions sufficiently guarding against intimidation and other forms of influence andWSF abuse by which the freedom and fairness of the plebiscite might be imperiled.” (TheArts/Culture Statesman, 15 September 1950)India Elections Sir Owen Dixon nonetheless remained determined to formulate a viable solution to theArchives Kashmir issue and suggested that a plebiscite be held only in the Kashmir ValleyLinks subsequent to its demilitarization, which would be conducted by an administrative bodySubmission Policy of UN officials. This proposal was rejected by Pakistan, which, however, reluctantlyAbout CC agreed to Sir Dixon’s further suggestion that the prime ministers of the two countriesDisclaimer meet with him to discuss the viability of various solutions to the Kashmir dispute. ButFair Use Notice India decried this suggestion. A defeated man, Sir Dixon finally left the Indian subcontinent on 23 August 1950. There seemed to be an inexplicable reluctance on bothContact Us sides, India and Pakistan, to solve the Kashmir dispute diplomatically and amicably. SirSearch Our Archive Dixon’s concluding recommendation was a bilateral resolution of the dispute with IndiaSubscribe To OurNews Letter and Pakistan as the responsible parties, without taking into account the ability of the Kashmiri people to determine their own political future. Is this the anachronistic policy Site Search being toed by the governments of India and Pakistan in 2011? Our Site Unlike the generation of Kashmiris that grew up in the 1940s and 1950s, the innocence Web of the generation that grew up in the 1990s and 2000s in J & K was cruelly ripped by the forces of armed insurgency and counter insurgency; the romanticized image of KashmirName: fails to hold a lasting appeal for these children of an internecine war; the sense of peaceE-mail: and security historically provided by a democratically elected government has eluded these denizens of a paranoid State; the machinations of electoral politics, including the Subscribe Unsubscribe issuance of Dogra certificates, have vitiated the sociopolitical fabric; this post-lapsarian generation has never known the allure of a political edifice built on a well-defined Find us on ideology; it has been bereft of a nationalist and political discourse within which it could Facebook blossom; its scarred psyche is yet to be healed. In a democratic set-up, however flawed it might be, the will and aspirations of the electorate are ignored by politicians at their own peril. The youth in J & K clamors for democratic rights, efficient governance, a stable infrastructure, a much less fractious polity, which the coalition government is yet to Like provide. 4,906 people like I would posit that for the masses of J & K, not the handful of missionary-school educated, English speaking professionals, the coalition government lacks a Mohammas Goldy representative character and richness of appeal. The electoral principal is discussion, not autocratic decisions. Once the successors of popular leaders, who established their credibility through ideology, conviction, perseverance, and working for the well-being of Jl Jackie their electorate, become complacent and rule with carte blanche, electoral politics become defiled. The prominent cult of personality and deification of leaders in mainstream political organizations in South Asia thwarts the rise of new leaders from the Manish Preety Facebook social plugin ranks, thereby increasing the dependence of the party cadre on a “dynasty.” Much to the chagrin of those of us who have idealistic notions of democracy, in addition to the Page 2 of 4
  3. 3. Regionalism, Ethnicity, And Trifurcation: All In The Name Of National Integrity 18/04/11 6:09 AM killings of non-partisan civilians, the non-elite cadres of the National Conference, the Congress, and the People’s Democratic Party are still unprotected and vulnerable, as the recent killings of Farooq Ahmed Sheikh of Koil Pulwama and Ghulam Hassan Dar of Hajin Bandipora, Ghulam Mohiuddin Bhat of Tral, and Moulvi Showkat Ahmed Shah, Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadith clearly show. The political bigwigs in J & K have not been able to create either conceptual frameworks or political and sociocultural discourses in which the young people of today would be energized and persuaded to actively participate. The current regime has been unable to revive, let alone reinvigorate, civil society institutions that could initiate uncoerced collective action around shared interests, values, and purposes. For those of us who have learned to respect the strident potency of the voice of the people, the unequivocal and pitiful assumption of mainstream politicians in J & K that power unilaterally flows from New Delhi reeks of a reprehensibly unrepresentative character. I underscore that Kashmir today is split into two nations, the plutocracy and the plebeians, with a lackadaisical middleclass between the two, which lack ideological unifiers across class and other social divides, and icons of national unity in the face of political and military oppression. Nyla Ali Khan is the author of The Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism (New York: Routlege, 2005) and Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). She is alsoa a Visiting Professor, Department of English , University of Oklahoma 0 Share Comments are not moderated. Please be responsible and civil in your postings and stay within the topic discussed in the article too. If you find inappropriate comments, just Flag (Report) them and they will move into moderation que. Comments Logged in as Sandeep Mahajan Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Check Spelling Enter text right here! Posting as Sandeep Mahajan (Logout) Page 3 of 4
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