(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 22, 2010
INTERVIEW WITH MOHD YUSUF TARIGAMI
Help from the Rest of the Country”
CPI(M) J&K state
MLA, Mohd Yusuf Tarigami, has said that the people of
Below are the excerpts
interview given by the CPI(M) leader to N S Arjun recently in
There is a general perception
that the ongoing unrest in
This is absolutely not true. Not denying the fact that there may be certain elements across the border who may like such a situation to develop, the fact remains that what we are facing today is a mass upsurge. I think dubbing this upsurge as something engineered by subversive forces would not help us in meeting the requirements on the ground. How can you explain the situation where children and women are coming out on the streets and participating in the protests. The aged too are supporting these protests. There are long drawn hartals. People are defying curfews and facing the bullets. This cannot be just a subversive activity. This is, according to our opinion, a result of a massive alienation which the people of J&K have been facing. It is also due to the disillusionment which has gripped the minds of the younger generation. I appeal to my countrymen everywhere not to just dub this unrest as a terrorist oriented movement or uncertainty. They must rather understand the people's anger, dissatisfaction and the causes behind this unrest so that lessons are drawn and remedial measures taken.
(Q) A distinct feature this time has been the large scale participation of teenagers and women in the street violence. Most of those killed so far in the police firing are also very young persons. How do you see this?
This is most surprising
quite significant that even the youngsters are picking up the courage
the bullets. Earlier too there was a good section of youngsters in the
who participated in the turmoil in the 1990s. But today we are seeing
children coming into the forefront of protests. If we analyse properly
perspective, I can say without hesitation it is the result of
and dissatisfaction among the people due to the wrong policies being
the governments at
(Q) Has the economic situation and lack of jobs in the state also contributed to this despair?
Our state does not have an industrial base and job opportunities are very limited for the younger generation. Our people are dependent on agriculture. We virtually have no avenues for purposeful employment. We have to depend on government sector for jobs. Government figures recently stated that there are around 5 lakh unemployed educated youth in the state. The chief minister promised that during his 5 year tenure around one lakh jobs may be created. But every year there would be one lakh youth joining the ranks of the unemployed. All these factors put together have contributed to the uncertainty among the youth. There is no hope for forward movement or for better prospects of leading a good life. The economic situation of the state is quite bad and this is adding fuel to the fire. All these concerns if not addressed now may lead to certain very unfortunate developments in future. So, these are genuine apprehensions of the people which must be understood by the people of the country. What is the way out? We suggest that serious efforts must be made to initiate economic reconstruction in the state with emphasis on providing jobs. Sufficient marketing opportunities for agricultural produce must be made. The central government must support this effort.
(Q) Some are alleging that this agitation is acquiring communal tones.
As you are aware some
people in our
country are seeking removal of Article 370 as the best solution for the
Whereas the fact is that it is the erosion of Article 370 has
vacuum in the state and we see the results today. It has given
those who want to snatch away
(Q) What is your assessment of the way both the state and central governments have dealt with the crisis?
They have virtually
bungled. Just one
and half year ago people participated enthusiastically in the elections
over 60 per cent voting. All of us were quite sure about the good days
future. But those electoral gains could not be consolidated. And for
blame lies both with the state and central governments. Otherwise it is
difficult to explain how the same youth who voted enthusiastically one
year ago are now up in arms. This situation has been created because of
insensitivity of the leadership at
the government of
It is quite unwise and
Don't put conditions when you talk to your people. Already 50 young
lost their lives. Both the governments must be made accountable for
deaths. That is why we have been demanding a credible commission of
you want to overcome the crisis, the causes of the unrest must be
may suppress the people and control the agitation today but if you
address the issue in its proper form and manner, you will only be
the crisis. How can we be sure that it will not erupt again. This has
happening. So, our suggestion to the central government is that it must
justice to the cause of unity of the country by coming to the rescue of
(Q) How do you look at the role of the security forces in this crisis?
Security forces have been asked to perform certain duties. But unfortunately certain elements of the forces are not functioning within the framework of those duties. Otherwise how would there be custodial deaths. Before the start of this agitation, three innocent youngsters were picked up and killed. First it was announced that they were terrorists but later after investigation, they were found to be innocent. So, will not such actions create uncertainty and dissatisfaction among the larger sections of the people? A few years ago in Anantnag district there was a Pathripal incident in which five youngsters were picked up and gunned down dubbing them as terrorists. After a hue and cry, CBI inquiry was conducted and it found the youth innocent. It is not a question of opposing the security forces but there must be action against the guilty in such cases. Even in the recent agitation, 50 persons have been killed by the security forces. So, we have been demanding a credible inquiry into the circumstances of these killings also. We know they are facing very difficult situation but they have to exercise maximum restraint.
(Q) What has been the role of the Huriyat factions in this agitation?
There are different factions of Huriyat. Some of them are under detention while some have been released. The fact remains that they are an important opinion which should not be ignored. They have to be talked to and involved in the process of finding out a solution. In the past some attempts have been made by the government but in a half-hearted manner. We suggest now that let there be a parliamentary committee which can enter into sustained process of dialogue with such forces who are yet to enter democratic mainstream. What we expect from them (Huriyat) is to be more responsible so that people do not suffer.
(Q) What in Party's view needs to be done to handle the current situation?
Immediately, let the prime
As part of confidence
measures, steps must be taken for ensuring less infiltration from
border and reduction of terrorist violence. There must also be
security forces, at least in areas where there is no terrorist
telephonic contact with the other part of