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PM Modi also got trapped in ‘Insaniyat, Jhamooriyat & Kashmiriyat’ syndrome

Ravinder Jalali

Recently PM Narendra Modi launched Ayushman Bharat Yojana, also known as the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), a scheme that aims to help economically vulnerable Indians who are in need of healthcare facilities, for all the residents of J&K.
Prime Minister rolled out this health insurance scheme on 23 September 2018 to cover about 50 crore citizens in India and already has several success stories to its credit.
The Ayushman Bharat Yojana – while has now been renamed as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, plans to make secondary and tertiary healthcare completely cashless. The PM Jan Arogya Yojana beneficiaries get an e-card that can be used to avail services at an empanelled hospital, public or private, anywhere in the country.
The PMJAY scheme aims to provide healthcare to those families, who are mostly poor and have lower middle income, through a health insurance scheme providing a cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family. But in J&K, it is applicable to all irrespective of any income or any criteria. While launching the scheme, PM referred to a term coined by Vajpayee known as ‘Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jammoriyat’ related to J&K.
As it always happens that when you cannot understand a thing, at least you will misunderstand, because then you can feel, ‘Okay, I understand.’ You cannot simply remain in the vacuum. Secondly, when you cannot understand a thing, you begin to abuse it because it insults you. This is what has happened to the ‘Insaniyat, Jhamooriyat and Kashmiriyat’ term. It has become a fashion nowadays to talk about ‘Insaniyat, Jhamooriyat and Kashmiriyat’ Whenever any leader has to make a statement regarding Kashmir affairs, they immediately jump to conclusion and issue a statement that any thing can be discussed in light of ‘Insaniyat, Jhamooriyat and Kashmiriyat’, but what is “Insaniyat, Jhamooriyat and Kashmiriyat”, nobody understands.
The term was coined by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. The present Prime Minister Narendra Modi also invoked the famous quote of former Prime Minister ‘Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriat’, as he pitched for taking ahead the growth story of J&K. He said, ‘People of J&K had faith in Atal Bihari Vajpayee and very few leaders commanded such respect. He said that ‘Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyat’ are keys to progress of J&K’. Former Chief Ministers of J&K also had said in past that there is no option but to follow only Vajpayee doctrine of ‘Insaniyat, Jhamooriyat and Kashmiriyat’.
Firstly where is the Insaniyat (Humanity) among the separatists or even the main stream pseudo-secular politicians? They are the same people who hounded out Kashmiri Pandits from their homes and whenever the Govt is making plans to re-settle them in valley, all hell breaks out. Have they ever given a call or shut down in protest against the killing of Kashmiri Pandits in valley, particularly when gruesome and barbaric killing took place in Nadimarg, Kashmir which resulted in killing of 24 Hindus on 23 March 2003. Victims included 11 men, 11 women and 2 small boys who were lined up, shot and killed by the gunmen. The killers looted their houses and took away the ornaments from bodies of dead women. Have they condemned killing of 23 KPs in Wandhama Massacre in Kashmir on 25th Jan., 1998? These included 4 children, 9 women and 10 men. Attackers also demolished the temple and a house. Have they forgotten Chittisinghpora massacre on 23rd March 2000 where 36 innocent Sikhs were massacred in Anantnag of J&K.
Another aspect is, Jhamooriyat (Democracy). It is ridiculous to talk of ‘Jhammriyat’ with those who do not believe in it. Recent election of DDC polls have again left KPs without enabling them to vote for the candidate of their choice.
Then the last word or term ‘Kashmiriyat’ has come to signify a centuries-old indigenous secularism of Kashmir. Emerging around the 16th century, it is characterised by religious and cultural harmony, patriotism and pride for their homeland of Kashmir The Kashmir region enjoys significant ethnic, cultural and religious diversity which has been destroyed by Islamic zealots. The fact of the matter is that the ethnic and religious identity of Kashmir valley is Kashmiri Pandit culture and religion which has a history and legacy of more than 5000 years and majority of Kashmiri Muslims are converts and have the same DNA. Up to 14th century majority of the valley population was Hindus. The region derives its name from the Kashmiri Pandit ancestor, named Rishi Kashyapa and is believed to have been the abode of the celestial beings.
‘Kashmiriat’ is believed to be an expression of solidarity, resilience and patriotism regardless of religious differences. It has been strongly influenced by Kashmir Shaivism, Buddhism and Sufism, carrying a long-standing conviction that any and every religion will lead to the same divine goal. However all these things are missing and the Govt. is talking of Kashmiriyat. It is rubbish and absurd.
The impact and importance of Kashmiriat has been concentrated in Kashmir Valley only, which is the real historical Kashmir. The regions of Gilgit, Baltistan, Jammu and Ladakh have not been influenced by this philosophy, as these regions are not Kashmiri in terms of culture, language or ethnicity. The culture and ethos of Kashmiriat was greatly eroded at onset of Kashmir-conflict in 1947 and then onset of terrorism in Kashmir from 1989, which has led to the exodus of almost all Hindus from Kashmir and violent attacks against the remaining communities of Hindus and Sikhs, further eroded the fabric of Kashmiriat.
The capability of Kashmiri people to live in peace and harmony with each other is Kashmiriyat which has been destroyed by the separatists and supported by the pseudo-mainstream politicians.
The Pandits, who formed one of the basic pillars of Kashmiriyat, are no longer in Kashmir and are living as refugees in their own country. If any body wants to know Kashmiriyat it is not prevalent in the Valley because it can not exist with out KPs. KPs are basis and the core of Kashmiriyat. The Kashmiriyat has been corrupted, manipulated and abused so much that the corrupted version of Kashmiriyat is being accepted as Kashmiriyat, because as it is established practice that if a wrong or incorrect thing is repeated constantly it becomes a truth and accepted fact.
All these methods adopted by the successive Govts are only time-buying exercises just to gain time. They cannot find Kashmiriyat in Kashmir in the absence of KPs. Any form of Kashmiriyat in the absence of KP is fraud, misrepresentation and is only Islamiyat that too radicalised.

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