Much of the problems in Jammu and Kashmir these days are because of Indian authorities’ inability to establish a permanent connect with the people of the state, even as several decades have passed since independence. This is also true for several other parts of the country.
It is always the responsibility of the state to remain connected and look after the people. Behaving elite or just wielding guns for years may make if not all then at least some people hostile against the state.
In Kashmir, truth is that some people do not feel connected with the Indian state in the same way as the rest of the country. In their hatred against India, they are aided and provoked by Pakistan.
Successive governments and public officials over the years, both at the Centre and in the state, are partly responsible for the current situation in Kashmir.
As the Centre and state governments struggle to find out a solution to the ongoing unrest in the state, here is a Chinese lesson India must try.
Dominated by Muslims, China’s Xinjiang province is considered to be a disturbed region. Several news reports in past have shown the minorities living in the region are systematically suppressed by the country to control and prevent them from becoming militants.
It has now been reported that the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has asked its 1,10,000 government officials to build “family-like ties” with ethnic minorities to promote “national unity and accord”. A meeting in this regard was held on Sunday in which the officials were asked to build a one-to-one relationship with people in four prefectures — Kashgar, Hotan, Aksu and Kizilsu Kirgiz in southern Xinjiang, a report in the Chinese state media, Global Time says.
It was said in the meeting that the government officials and families should visit each other every two months to build a “close bond, learning from each other’s language, experiences and customs, as well as seeking common ground while preserving differences”.
The report said that one of the officials visited a family with a bag full of gifts and he was welcomed with big hugs and local food.
India must also try such initiative in the unrest-hit Kashmir and also some other parts of the country soon.