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The Doable Concept of 'Azaadi'

The IK Group

The concept of independent Kashmir measures the aspiration among the masses in abidance as the present political arrangement is not recognized by international structures i.e UNCIP etc.The gradual erosion of 'Azaadi sentiment' has been through unfair diplomatic means .Over the years, leaders have failed in institutionalizing the claims of the people.The legislative bodies developed on both sides are marketed as a substitute for self determination.Leaders have embedded the right of self determination' into respective legislative assemblies,thereby eroding the aspirations of the masses.Without signing the 'written affidavit' of allegiance to both countries,no political institution is allowed to take part in the election.The present spatial attributes of resolution are clear-A relationship should continue to be based on centralized power structure from New Delhi and Islamabad.

The current arrangement directly or indirectly predetermines the accession to Pakistan and India respectively . Several international independent analysts have stated that elections have never been held freely.Election commissions have sponsored manipulated and spoofed elections, especially in 1987 elections. At the same time, there have been no international voices to condemn these practices. How do we expect a resolution possible or Kashmir to develop, when the conditions created are hostile for safety by both India and Pakistan? The communal twist flavored and mood of hostility created by leaders on both sides will soon turn Kashmir into a wild fanatic state by creating another Taliban with Ak47 as the major export.

Endorsement of legal powers in accord with international conventions which safeguard rights-liberties and redistribute attributes of sovereignty is needed through genuine evolution from actors of both countries.Post 1996,the 'Azaadi sentiment' has acquired a major role in ensconcing the dispute for the process of accommodation.But the biggest hindrance faced by the people is that the leaders have succeeded in evolving a 'trait of flexibility' for the fear of getting irrelevant.The reason for that has been the 'lust for power and wealth'.This has unfortunately created an environment of 'mistrust' and 'social fragmentation'.

The concept of 'Azaadi' should address Indian stands,Pakistani Stands as well as Kashmiri stands through a tripartisan solution by balancing the political,legal and social persuasions of the people.'Internal sovereignty' is more important than concepts of autonomy and self rule.This is the main reason why many attempts regarding implementation of prevailing ideas have failed. An accomplishable resolution can be implemented through enabling an environment of demilitarization , developing new prototype political structures within the region and through shared economic integration(drafted in one economic union) between three parties.Joint institutions created would co-ordinate newly formed relationships.The state of India and Pakistan have failed to genuinely address the issue so far because they have been provided a 'liberty of multiple interpretations'.

The only substitute for dialogue is violence.Every day when these leaders delay talks, at least 20-30 people add up to the list of casualties. The best method in decreasing level of violence is through peaceful negotiations. It is a long term concept for establishing peace.However, there have been no hints of an international intervention-their role has been resisted to mere spectators.Violence has fretted the essence of 'Azaadi' by hijacking our social domain. Leaders are slaves of the prevailing sentiment and have crossed all ideological extremes to facilitate an invalid democratic establishment.This is a harsh reality.Massive human right violations have alleviated the scope for armed and non armed secessionist movements as a result of failure initiated by both countries.

The methodology that would facilitate a resolution would be:

A)Identifying the roots of conflict.

B)Revering the sacrifices rendered.

C)Democratic evaluation by initiating the right of self determination.

D)Redefining political and military institutions in the new state of affairs.

E)Making independent homeland as the most important element in the resolution process.

F)Outmost sincerity and dedication in pursuing the resolution.

G)Involving leaders in an 'inclusive process' from all strands of political thought.

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