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Would the Indian government ban Hurriyat?

The Indian government has banned Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir (Indian-administered) for five years. This socio-religious organisation has been banned athird time by New Delhi. The JI was first banned in 1975 during the emergency for opposing the Indira-Abdullah accord and second time in 1990. The second ban was revoked in 1993 by the P.V. Narasimha Rao headed the Congress government.
JI runs around 500 schools and orphanages, where more than five hundred thousand children are enrolled. At least 100 Jamaat activists and leaders, including its chief Dr Hameed Fayaz, have been arrested. Properties of scores of Jamaat leaders have been sealed by the police on the directions of deputy commissioners of various districts of Kashmir in the wake of the ban.
A strong rumour is doing rounds that New Delhi is in discussions to slap a ban on Kashmiri resistance alliance called Hurriyat, ahead of Lok Sabha and assembly polls due later this year. India has accused that Jamaat had been working “to carve out an Islamic State out of Jammu and Kashmir” and disputes the accession.
Accusations against JI have no merit. Unfortunately, the present government does not hesitate to stamp on public consent and breach its obligations agreed at home and at the United Nations. If RSS could march against the Muslims of Kashmir on 20th December 1932 on the streets of Lahore and support the Hindu Maharaja and his army, anything could be expected of its child-the BJP.
The question remains would BJP take the second step and ban Hurriyat in Kashmir? The answer under normal circumstances and under a saner government, would have been a ‘no’. There are rumours that the two Hurriyats led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq would be banned.
BJP would go the extra mile in this mischief tomake gains in the coming elections. It has already made an error of judgement and carried an air strike across the border into Pakistan. Humiliated in the air and frustrated on the ground, it may foolishly trundle into taking away the freedom of association and assembly from Muslims of the disputed state. Raids carried on the residences of Hurriyat leaders, in particular on the residence of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, seizing their electronic gadgets including mobile phones etc, point out that India is getting into a bacchanalian mood.
Would India squeeze all the political space for the expressed politics and dissent? The question needs an examination. Does India have a grand plan to force the people of Kashmiri origin to take up guns to undo the Indian occupation and in the process provide it a fresh opportunity to decimate another generation of Kashmiri youth? It seems so because India has a “Strong State Doctrine” in place and it entails to use brute force and kill as many Kashmiris as possible. Butit cannot ban Hurriyat. The group is has a constitutional discipline adopted on 31st July 1993. It is a union of “political, social and religious organisations of the State of Jammu and Kashmir with its head office at Srinagar”. Its main objectives are:
“To make peaceful struggle to secure for the people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir the exercise of the right of self-determination in accordance with the UN Charter and the resolutions adopted by UN Security Council”, and “To make endeavours for an alternative negotiated settlement of the Kashmir dispute amongst all the three parties to the dispute under the auspices of UN or any other friendly countries, provided that such settlement reflects the will and aspirations of the people of the state”.
Government of India has restrained Hurriyat leaders in their homes and denies them opportunity to carry out their political programme slated under Chapter II comprising of five elements in Hurriyat constitution.



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