The IK Group
At University of Oxford ,the perception of a conflict resolution is defined as "Nothing is resolvable & Nothing is irresolvable".In contrary, whenever at UN ,a model on Kashmir conflict with a concept of independent homeland is presented ,it gets diluted by competing claims of New Delhi and Islamabad .Therefore only a distinction of dependable visionaries and sound decision makers will make a difference.The net result of a resolution so far has been irrelevant flexibility by both countries.Indian state has not given sound measures while Pakistan has given denotations of what could be acceptable.The yard stick for success in the Indian and Pakistani bureaucratic and political institutions still seems to be the capability to impede resolution rather than to facilitate resolution.The remorseful history of Kashmiri partition and of developed leaders on both sides has not facilitated a resolution in the past and is unlikely going to facilitate a resolution in the future unless and until realistic approaches are not followed.India and Pakistan both have enjoyed frequent proposals in the past but have always ended up with an anti climax.The anti climax seems to be the preferred pleasure for both countries.
The recent bus services and limited trade spaces are hijacked by local realities because these concepts were implemented at a wrong time and from wrong hands.Utilized electronic media has inturn marketed demonic and inhuman versions of each other and unfortunately this continued propaganda will crusade an accomplishable resolution into a hapless failure.The timeless mutual distrust of India and Pakistan is not allowing an internationally recognized dispute of Kashmir to resolve.The country actors of both states are watchdogs regarding interests of people from both countries and thereby regard Kashmir dispute as a secondary priority.Political machinery of both India and Pakistan have given a strange leniency to Kashmiri society so that people can freely drift away to means of extremism which is not accepted in any political world order.If basic societal parameters have been compromised and transformed into an irreversible state in the process, political objectives are accomplished according to the Charter of United Nations.This linear and liberal perspective of The United Nations Council needs to be implemented accordingly without caring about the perspectives of India and Pakistan.
Timing in any conflict resolution is very important which unfortunately is already passed for the people of Kashmir.Parties to a dispute try to negotiate only when they have a bargaining advantage .The bargaining advantage was higher in early nineties than at present.Unlike India and Pakistan,the time factor is not an advantage to the people of Kashmir.This needs to be understood by the council.The institutional involvement of the council can help in achieving desired level of expectations with a round of dialogue ,if tuned with reality.The result of involvement of the UN Council whether failure or success, could help in understanding the dynamics of the conflict and can provide scope for identifying areas of emulation and avoidance because there is a sense of pessimism about the success of the peace process among the leaders of India and Pakistan which has resulted as an ill fortune for the people of Kashmir.Start of a negotiation process is not the start of a solution or resolution.Civilized behavior as depicted by summits and meetings between the two countries ,is actually nowhere close to any civilized behavior in reality.
The fatalities of non combatant civilians continue to be a daily occurrence and a way of life for leaders in Kashmir.Arbitrary arrests, draconian laws, life-threatening emergency powers of disturbed area act ,vicious special armed forces protection act in Indian occupied Kashmir and all versions of torture continue as natural laws. Installation of Truth Commissions by UN council recognized by an international mandate would allow victims, their relatives and perpetrators to give evidence to prevent re occurrence of such savage abuses. Truth Commissions would exist for a designated period of time on both sides and can exhibit a variety of organizational analysis of processes and procedures, with a goal of producing and disseminating a final report, including conclusions.The objectives would produce accounts of past history of abuse and would promote reconciliation.The establishment of a Truth commission in Kashmir is essential to restore the social and political equilibrium and can help in healing the damaged fabric.This will transform the objectives of the peace talks into short term process rather than a long term process of resolution.
There is an urgent need to evolve a rehabilitation and reintegration plan for thousands of ex militants and victims of violence. The sincerity in proposals for peace lies partly in exhibiting the desired will to facilitate a dignified transformation to non violence as opposed to a transformation that is eternally rooted in humiliation.People who died in the conflict mostly belonged to low income groups and left behind families,most of whom struggle to survive in the most undignified and impoverished conditions.
Youth has been spent either fighting for the nation or in jail.Thousands who were coerced to work in pursuit of a wage for the military apparatus were killed by ex comrades. State of India defines victims of violence as those people killed by the armed groups, while state of Pakistan formally recognizes all the people killed as victims of violence but aid is informally sourced to victims killed by the Indian security forces.UN council should devise a long-term policy which should include special quotas for jobs in public sectors and admissions in colleges and universities.
There is no evidence that the two countries have decided to utilize their state media to evolve a consensus among the people. Neither of the two governments would want to go against the popular mood in the respective countries right now. The mood being created is wicked portrayal of hostility.Respective state media of both countries are acting like they have been given roles for flaming a serious armed war.They are keen to confuse the conflict of Kashmir even further for a longer term.State media has miserably failed in creating an awareness among the masses.They have a temptation of making violence a convenient excuse in the peace process by making it a hostage to violence.UN council is an international witness to this and proper efforts should be adopted to change the mindset of people in both countries. An average Indian and Pakistani is as always obsessed with hostile sentiments and this is creating serious hindrances for Kashmiris in accomplishing political salvation.It is important to understand that the success of the solution lies not only in solution reflecting the majority sentiment of Kashmiris but also how explicitly the solution is perceived by the majority sentiment of Indians and Pakistanis.It is imperative to create an environment wherein pressures for solution are felt internally.
Last year has seen a strange ideological rethinking in the pro Indian mainstream parties like in the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party.They seem to have gone into a sudden ideological drift and have postured themselves somewhat close to the postures of the separatists .This is mainly viewed as a free fall in their ideology by the world and its causes are traced to failure in delivering promises as there are attempts by the mainstream parties to occupy- what would have been the bargaining space of the separatists. .The mainstream parties of Pakistan occupied Kashmir are inturn ruined in rigidity ,religious fanaticism and uncivilized pattern of wild swinging between talks and boisterous shows of belligerence.This losing streak in both parts of Kashmir is one of the main reasons for the perceived failure.The ideological meandering by the mainstream parties is likely to impede rather than facilitate the resolution process.Parties which contest elections as fierce rivals somehow join hands together after the results and form the next embezzled government.This fractured leadership is a serious problem but somehow this has been received in a hearty manner by both countries.India and Pakistan are only two nations of its kind which encourage a perplexing school of thought by smacking democracy.
The UN council should make positive attempts to start a process of accommodation by making plebiscite and demilitarization as a reference point.The reference point would assume importance like in any process of accommodation leading to a solution.In pursuit of the cause,the people of Kashmir have given exemplary sacrifices in using political and non political methods and have been witness to an armed conflict which consumed thousands of lives.The Council should realize the sacrifices rendered because ignoring sacrifices would be tantamount to facilitating failure.