Farooq Abdullah expressed his inability to get back what the Modi Govt took away
Out-of-power, desperate, and helpless 83-year-old NC president and three-time CM Farooq Abdullah doesn’t know what he is saying and what are the implications of what he is saying in public print? It appears, he lost his way and confidence. On the one hand, he is claiming that his Gupkar residence in Srinagar is the last hope of Kashmir and centre of all secessionist and communal activities and on the other hand, he simultaneously, has been questioning the very ability, capability and credibility of his own Gupkar residence, which saw 20 frustrated and sidelined Kashmiri leaders flirting with each other on August 4, 2019, and making public what they called “Gupkar Declaration” – declaration of subversion and separation.
Politically inactive PDP patron, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, claims that the Gupkar Declaration was drafted by the bureaucrat-turned-separatist Shah Faesal and the NC claims that it was drafted by Sajjad Lone. This is a contradiction of sorts. But it is politically significant.
What Farooq Abdullah said was self-explanatory and it could be construed as a big setback for those 20 Kashmiri leaders who had pinned faith in Farooq Abdullah in August 2019.
On August 4, 2019, the Gupkar, the hub of anti-Indian citizenship activities, told New Delhi that Kashmir will accept only those things which are non-Indian. On August 22, 2020, it explained in detail what it’s August 4, 2019 declaration meant: Farooq Abdullah and five other Kashmiris – Mehbooba (PDP), Ghulam Ahmad Mir (INC), Sajjad Lone (PC), M Y Tarighami (CPIM) and Muzaffar Shah (ANC) – were committed to making Indian citizenship subordinate to J&K citizenship by forcing Narendra Modi Government to undo what it did on August 5-6, 2019, to undo what JL Nehru did between 1947 and 1954 to drive J&K out of the political and constitutional organization of India or to create a separate Republic within the Indian Republic. To be more precise, on August 22, the Gupkar Gang reiterated that it would get back Article 35A, Article 370, J&K Constitution, J&K Flag, and residuary powers, nay everything, and throw out the Indian citizenship tag lock, stock, and barrel.
And on August 26, Farooq Abdullah virtually raised his hands clearly suggesting that he and the members of the Gupkar Gang were seeking to achieve the unachievable. He without mincing words said that they would get nothing whatsoever as long as Narendra Modi and the BJP dominated, controlled and directed the New Delhi’s all-powerful South and North Blocks and that they will have to wait for the fall of the Modi/BJP Government and the return of the UPA-like dispensation at the Centre.
How else would one interpret what he said on August 26? He had said: “One day this (Modi) government will go, the new government will understand…our thinking and give us back what was snatched from us by this government.” He raised his hands or accepted the defeat of the Gupkar Gang or punctured his Gupkar balloon, while responding to a straight question: “What are your fears if Delhi doesn’t respond to what you have stated in the joint statement, given the backdrop of what had happened to the autonomy resolution?” What Farooq Abdullah said was self-explanatory and it could be construed as a big setback for those 20 Kashmiri leaders who had pinned faith in Farooq Abdullah in August 2019.
Farooq Abdullah not just expressed his inability to get back what the Modi Government took away with the full sanction of the Parliament. He also provoked the people of Jammu province, virtually saying that it was not necessary for Kashmiri leaders to take them on board while taking decisions on or discussing the political future of the Union Territory of J&K. He, for all practical purposes, said that the people of Jammu province were subjects and not citizens and that they were in the Kashmir’s pocket. There is no other meaning of what he said on August 26. Responding to the question “why there were not signatories to the Declaration’ from Jammu?”, Farooq Abdullah said: “It is because they were not there on August 4, 2019, when the Gupkar Declaration was drafted.”
The statement of Farooq Abdullah on the people of Jammu province must make the Jammu-based followers of the Kashmiri leaders, especially the Jammu-based NC leaders, to sit up and discuss their status vis-à-vis their masters in Kashmir. It’s a must. It’s the question of their self-respect and dignity of the people of Jammu province. They are not slaves. They belong to that Duggar land, which gave birth to great rulers like Ranjit Dev, Gulab Singh, Ranbir Singh, Pratap Singh, and Hari Singh, two of the four great generals of the world – General Zorawar Singh and General Baj Singh—and great heroes like Mian Dido and Baba Jito. To ignore what Farooq Abdullah said about them would be simply an affront to the self-respect of the proud Dogras of Jammu. And it is utterly unacceptable.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.