New Delhi: Dubbing separatists in Jammu and Kashmir as "defeatists", a pro-RSS journal on Tuesday said they are fuelling "anti-India sentiment" by raking up "minor incidents" to reinvigorate their "lost battle" against the country.
The editorial in pro-RSS publication Organiser said it has been the "old strategy of separatists to fuel anti-India sentiment, malign armed forces and disturb peace in Jammu and Kashmir by using minor incidents", but good, participatory and transparent governance is the best solution to defeat such mindset.
The journal cited the joining of 143 youths in Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) of the army after successful completion of year-long training as a "classic example of this transformation" and said this is pushing the separatists into a "defeatist" mindset.
"This ground reality is pushing the separatist to the defeatist mindset. As some intellectuals and media personnel, who are losing their safe cocoons within the power corridors, are being 'intolerant' to the rising aspirations of Bharat, some self-proclaimed leaders of Kashmiri people are attempting to reinvigorate their lost battle.
"The path of good governance with participatory and transparent approach and increased mingling of other states in Jammu and Kashmir and vice versa is the best solution to defeat the mindset of these defeatists," the editorial said.
The editorial "Defeating the Defeatists" said the two incidents in the Valley involving the wrath against non-Kashmiri students in NIT Srinagar and another attempt to target Indian Army in Handwara "may look distant but they
reflect the same mindset".
The article also hit out at separatist leaders like SAS Geelani, saying they have "nothing to offer to the people of Kashmir except imposition of 'Islamic nizam' and youth are not taking to weapons in the state for that."
"The likes of Geelani who have nothing to offer except imposition of Islamic nizam (jurisprudence) in the state and aspiring youth are not going to take weapons for that. The self-inflicted Pakistan is glaring enough for them to desist from such path, the editorial said.
The editorial said, "The economic, technological, cultural and educational achievements of Bharat are attractive and heartening enough for the Kashmiris as well."
Attacking the separatists, it said, "Using minor incidents to fuel anti-Bharat sentiments, malign Bharatiya (Indian) armed forces and disturb the atmosphere of peace has been an old strategy of separatist tendencies in the Valley."
"This renewed vigour for vitiating the atmosphere is rooted in the process of transformation taking place in the state," it said.
In the case of NIT, the editorial said, an incident of clash between two students group should not have disturbed "the so-called Kashmiri leadership, as it was just a matter of a campus and issue was pertaining to winning or losing a cricket match."
The journal said separatist leaders did not have much stake in the campus still factions of the Hurriyat-led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik gave a call for the shutdown alleging harassment of Kashmiri students studying outside the state.
"Unfortunately, National Conference leader towed the line of these leaders. The reality is, it was the non-Kashmiri students who have been facing the brunt of some separatist elements in NIT Srinagar, this time decided to fight back bravely," it said.
On the Handwara incident, the editorial said the "incident was again used to negate the democratic dividend to common people of the state."
"Both these incidents were on the background of reinstating of the PDP-BJP government in the state," it said, lauding the Centre and the state government for their "matured response".
The journal said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is well aware that to ensure transparency and governance as envisaged by her late father, "the institutions like NIT and foundation of peace created by the army, are very critical to her."