THE SILENCE BY THE BJP ON THE ARTICLE 370 IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR POLLS: POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY OR POLITICAL WISDOM?
THE BJP’S SILENCE ON THE ARTICLE 370 IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR POLLS: POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY OR POLITICAL WISDOM?
The above question is being asked in view of the following reasons:
1. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Indian Prime Minister and a member of the BJP, during his own young days had been very critical of Jawahar Lal Nehru’s soft approach on Jammu and Kashmir in terms of the Article 370 that gives special status to the people of the state. But, the same Atal Bihari Vajpayee himself changed tunes once he himself became the Indian Prime Minister and went soft on scrapping the Article 370.
2. Now, interestingly, the BJP Manifesto for the poll bound state of Jammu and Kashmir cleverly skips any reference to the Article 370 in an obvious attempt to not antagonize the voters belonging to the muslim population in the Kashmir Valley…J
One is forced to think: Does the dose of political power make a politician/party wiser politically? Or is it simply a case of the political expediency to fool the voter into voting for a particular political party?
Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee is personally of the view that the scrapping of the Article 370 at this juncture is politically foolish. Instead, it must be retained and efforts must be made to win the hearts, minds and souls of our estranged Muslim fellows in the Kashmir Valley by ensuring full economic development there. This should help uplift the lives of ordinary Kashmiris out of the economic poverty. At that point, the issue of the Article 370 can be taken up with the ordinary Kashmiris who then may themselves raise their own voices to scrap it after having realized and reaped the economic benefits of rule by an All India Party such as the BJP…!
Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee asks most humbly: Why limit the benefits such as those under the Article 370 to Jammu and Kashmir alone? Why not give such benefits to each state that form the Indian federation today? Shouldn’t the Centre apply the Article 370 to each state to create a real federation?