LAHDC Kargil Election: An Overview

By Anwar Ali Tsarpa

31 August was quite sunny. On the desert like Kurbathang I could feel the heat a bit more. We had the huge black mountain of Naktul on our left and the Ringmospang on the front. On a little distance river Suru, flowing aggressively. It was indeed, the day of lifting curtains. But not of people’s deeds, but the results of the much-awaited fourth Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil’s election.

Candidates were roaming around. Their throbbing heart does not allow them to be seated for a longer time. People were greeting and wishing them for best. For all those greetings, unwantedly they had to keep their face smiling. 99 were in fray for 26 seats. Comprised of 23 candidates Congress topping the contenders with 23, followed by local party PDP and Independents 21 each, National Conference had 20 and BJP 15. Major share fell into the kitty of National Conference with 10 seats. In- fighting dragged Congress to 8, PDP and BJP got 2 and one respectively. 5 Independents remained firm with 5 seats.

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However, Congress gains the larger share of total votes with 17782 votes, NC remained second with 16688 votes, PDP gains 8495, BJP 2172 independent candidates collectively gains 12037 votes from among 66059 votes casted. Individually, Kacho Mohammad Feroz of INC from Pashkum constituency got highest number of vote 1681. For 83844 registered voters 258 polling stations had established. But the results infused disappointment among many people due to fractured mandate.

This election was different from many past elections due to various reasons. Firstly, sixty-two, relatively young candidates took part for the first time in the LAHDCK elections. Secondly, political analysers have observed that people are shifting towards agenda-based politics from traditional party or organisational based politics. As a result, according to political analysts, bogus votes remained negligible. Shift from traditional to agenda-based politics could be supported from the fact that three polling booths in Trespone constituency boycotted the elections citing their unheard prolonged issues of underdeveloped road, lack of fresh drinking water and lack of proper health facilities. Similarly, Tumail Colony in Pashkum constituency also had boycotted polls in the first half. When I contact them they said their agendas remained unheard.

Congress District President Nasir Munshi said that, choice of voters, unlike in the past elections, are unpredictable. Earlier the people were loyal and obedient to their party, but now their preferences are unpredictable. Similarly, PDP district president Kacho Gulzar also admitted that there is a major shift in the behaviour of the voters.

On the polling day, I got the opportunity to tour in all the three regions to some extent. Staring from Minjee I visited Gound Minjee, Minjee (both male and female), Goma Minjee, Gramthang, Trespone, Gondmangal Pore, Tambis, Kanoor, Tumail Colony, Pashkum, Akchamal, Poyen, Hardas, Chuliskamboo, Goma Kargil, Balti Bazar, Indoor Stadium, Girls Hr. Sec in Kargil town, and Baroo (male and female). On the counting day also, I was to observe the counting process since morning till the end. I observed that people from Drass sector are more passionate in whole election process. The first three constituency counted were from Drass sector. When I reached early in the morning hundreds of vehicles and people from Drass were anxiously waiting for the results outside polytechnic college building, where the counting process held. In the counting room also, they had sign of discomfort and eagerness in their behaviour.

Contrary to Drass sector, people from Zanskar were seemingly less interested in the results. They were so calm in the counting room that we could feel their respiratory process. People from other constituencies were moderately passionate for the results. However, people from Karchay, especially from Trespone, Lankerchey and G.M. Pore were relatively more passionate in the counting room as well as on the polling booth than the people from other constituencies but less than Drass sector.

In the morning, on next day of the results, they were seen in shape of fanatic mob, with huge queue of vehicles, escorting their winner candidates to respective constituencies. However, people from other constituencies were also involved in similar activities but were less passionate.

 

Government Formation

Due to frequent change in government in the past five years public wanted to get a single party in power. Prior to the election, in a random public interview, many respondents had maintained that they want a single party in power to form a “strong administration”. The political parties also and obviously wanted to get a single party in power. Haji Hanifa Jan had said that based on his past experience only a strong administration will be fruitful for development of Kargil. That is possible only if a single party comes into power with majority of seats in the council. Similarly, Munshi Nasir also had hoped to get 15 plus seats in the council to form a strong administration. But after the results people again seems to be disappointed due to fractured mandate.

In the current situation of fractured mandate, a strong government is possible only if the two largest parties form alliance. Before the elections both Haji Hanifa Jan and Rasool Nagvi of National Conference had wished to form government with the Congress. To form government with the independent candidates is “fruitless and loss for the district”, what Rasool Nagvi termed as “black-mailing”. He had urged the public to “not vote independent candidates” who initiates blackmailing. But unfortunately, we could not smell any efforts from their side to form government with the major parties, in order to form a strong government.

The article was first appeared in the weekly Voice of Ladakh on 7 September 2018.

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اپولدنما اور شوکپہ – تحریر انور علی ژھر پا

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یوں تو کرگل کے ہر گاﺅں کی اپنی ایک منفرد کہانی ہے۔ کچھ حقائق پر مبنی اور کچھ جزبات کی دین ہے۔ لیکن سچائی سے بڑی حد تک ہم آہنگ ضرور ہے ۔ امتداد زمانہ کے ساتھ اگر چہ تاریخی حقائق متاثر ہوئی ہے تاہم اصلیت کسی نہ کسی شکل اب بھی باقی اور موجود ہے۔اور شعوری اورلاشعوری طور لوگوں کو اپنی طرف جلب کررہی ہے ۔ ایسی ہی ایک کہانی شُک چیک نامی گاﺅں کی ہے جو کرگل خاص سے تقریبا15 کلومیٹر کی دوری پر لیہ کرگل شاہراہ پر واکھانالہ کے دائیں کنارے واقع ہے۔ شک چیک کے لوگوں کو اس گاﺅ ں میں موجودصنوبرکے درخت ( شکپہ)سے ایک دلی لگاﺅ ہے کیونکہ یہ اُن کے پردادا کی یادگار ہے۔ جس نے ان کے گاﺅں کو پہلی بار آباد کیا تھا۔

راقم کاجب اسسٹنٹ ٹورسٹ آفسرمحمد عیسی سے  ایک رسمی ملاقات کے دوران انکے گاﺅں کے متعلق گفتگو کی تو ذیل کی کہانی سامنے آئی۔ بہت پہلے کی بات ہے کہ پشکم میں ایک شخص اپو لدنما کے نام سے رہا کرتا تھا۔ ایک دن وہ اپنے مویشیوں کو دیکھنے سکمبو کے پہاڑی میں چڑھا جہاں اُنہیں ایک صنوبر کادرخت( شکپہ) کا چھوٹا سا پودا ملا۔ اُنہوں نے پودے کو اپنے پرس میں سنبھال کرلے آیا اور نیچے اُترتے اُترتے آج کی شک چیک نامی جگہ کے پاس پہنچی۔ اونچاِئی سے اُنہوں نے اس پودے کو لگانے کا ایک موزون جگہ تلاش کیا تو وہی جگہ پایا جہاں آج پیڑ موجود ہے۔ اُس وقت یہ جگہ جھاڑیوں سے گھیرا ہوا تھا۔ اُنہوں نے پودے کو زمین کے حوالے کرتے ہوئے یہ ارادہ کیا کہ اگر یہ پودا ایک پیڑ کی شکل لے لیتا ہے تو وہ اس جگہ کو آباد کرے گا۔ جب چند سال بعد اپو لدنما اُس جگہ پر واپس پہنچاتو پایا کہ وہ پیڑآس پاس کی جھاڑیوں سے بھی بڑی ہو چکی ہے ۔ لہذا اُنہوں نے اس جگہ کو آباد کیا۔

آج جہاں یہ پیڑ اپولدنما کی نویں نسال کی دیدار پر نازاں ہیں وہیں اپولدنما کی نویں پشت اس درخت کو بابرکت تصورکرتے ہوئے اس سے مستفید ہونے کے ساتھ اسکی آبیاری اور نگرانی میں منہمک ہے۔ اپو لدنما کے صاحب زادے اپو سونمژھیرنگ تھا جن کے بیٹے سونم علی اور اس طرح غلام علی تھا۔ غلام علی کے پانچ بیٹے تھے جن میں سے ایک نصیب علی چھاتی تھنگ میں منتقل ہوئی، دوسرا بیٹا فوکار کے فُو نامی علاقے میں آباد ہوا اور تیسرا کرامبا نامی علاقے میں منتقل ہوا۔ باقی دو، کہا جاتا ہے کہ شک چیک میں ہی آباد ہوے۔ آج ایک خاندان کو حاجی یوسف علی کے نام سے جانا جاتا ہے جو دریا کے اس پار لوچوم میں آباد ہے۔ دوسرا محمد ابراہیم شک چیک میں ہی آباد رہے۔ جن کے اولاد آج بھی شک چیک میں ہی مقیم ہے۔ آج شک چیک میں تقریبا 19 گھرانے آباد ہےں جو سب اپو لدنما کی ہی نسل سے ہے۔

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صنوبر یعنی شکپہ درخت کے پاس کچھ مختلف اقسام کے پتھر نصب کیا ہواہے جنہیں کہا جاتا ہے کہ اپو لدنما نے ہی جمع کر کے نصب کیا تھا اور اُس خاص جگہ کو لدنمی تھویور کے نام سے جانا جاتا ہے۔ کہا جاتا ہے کہ پہلے جب لوگوں کے پاس گھڑی نہیں ہوا کرتا تھا تو لدنمی تھویور کو وقت کی شناخت کے لئے بھی استعمال کیا جاتا تھا۔ ان پتھروں پر سورج طلوع ہونے پر لوگ اپنے مال مویشیوں کو پانی پلانے لیتے تھے اورغروب ہونے پر مویشوں کو جمع کرتے تھے، نیز اس کے سائے کو دیکھ کر دوپہر کے وقت کااندازہ لگاتے تھے۔مقامی لوگوں نے سرکار سے اُس شکپہ کو تحفظ دینے کی مانگ بھی کی تھی اور تاریخی درخت سرکار کی جانب سے عملی اقدام کی اب بھی منتظر ہے۔

 

Note: The article was first appeared in the Voice of Ladakh, Volume:6 | Issue:14, on 21, June 2018.

Desires in Kargil that need control

Dreaming about a new house

By Anwar Ali Tsarpa

A permanent resident may not have observed what I, as a temporary visitor, observe the change. With an intention to observe some transformations I took out for a walk in the morning after prayers. I observed many new constructions one after another, seemingly competing each other. Even a family of five to six members, possess a huge three storey house with 12 to 15 rooms. This is not what I saw only in my village but almost in all other villages.

I am not a pessimist denouncing the construction of houses in Kargil. Because shelter is one of the basic need of all animals including human animal. A “basic shelter” as a basic need should be the priority over many other things. But I would say that construction of “luxurious house” is ridiculous if prioritised over other essential things.

I find it “ridiculous” because many have given the preference to construction of “luxurious houses” over children’s education, future source of income, future planning, fertile agricultural land, and need of the society around him/her. Let me explain all these points one by one.

Firstly, many people have chosen to build a luxurious house and a car over a quality education of his children. In a random observation of many villages in the suburbs of Kargil town I found many people deprived their children from a reputed school or from higher education outside Kargil. In this case your children, when become a wo/man, will be less or unproductive. Your future will fall in risk.

Secondly, if your children are having a quality education it is still not guaranteed that they will get a good job. Because, now every household have a number of people holding Bachelor, Master, and PhDs degrees. So, in a zero industrialised area like Kargil or in whole Jammu and Kashmir the government would not be able to ensure good job for each and every one. My argument would be reliable if you look at the number of unemployed youth in Kashmir valley, which is relatively much higher than other states of India. In this case you need to save this money to make an investment for your future generation to come. Or you have to invest the money in such a way that they produce a good economic return for you. Because, building an expensive house is not going to give you a return revenue.

Thirdly, construction of such a huge house has been spoiling fertile agricultural lands. At the same time, I came to know that many people have sold their lands to finance the construction of “unnecessarily luxurious” house. In this case we are depriving our future generation from their rights for our prolonged selfish desires. And the higher middle class (because Kargil currently don’t have an economic higher class) who is purchasing those lands are getting richer day by day, creating a wide gap between rich and the poor.

Fourthly, if you have enough money to fund both your children education and to invest to make their future secure you have another responsibility. It is your ethical, moral, rational and religious duty to look after those who need your money more than you. The poor who can’t make their bread, shelter and education are those whose bread has been reached to your dinning table. According to Imam Ali (a.s.), if someone has received more rizaq than what he actually needed than consider that someone’s right has been deprived. Allah and the Apostles (peace be upon them), don’t want you to close your eyes on the poor. You are the chosen one by God to deliver other’s right; and this is really a privilege and pleasure for you. If you remain deaf to them the God will be displeased.

Tentative Solution

Many of my respondents said that a “big house is needed to facilitate people on “rallphut” (public events). Yes, this is really a weighty need of the hour. But, construction of a community hall would fulfil the need while saving huge investment and agricultural lands. Houses should be small and the events should conduct in community halls which could be constructed to suit the events. I hope this topic will open for debate among intellectuals, clerics and community leaders in all villages to mitigate this unnecessary ridiculous competition.

The author (Anwar Ali Tsarpa) is a PhD scholar at Nelson Mandela centre for Conflict Resolution and Peace Building. The article was first published in weekly Voice of Ladakh Volume – 6 | Issue – 12 on 26 May 2018.

Why Kargil bother more about Global Issues?

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Few youth, may be due to lack of logical observations, question that: Why Kargil bother more about Middle East or international issues rather than grassroots issues in Kargil? Since the last protest, held against Netanyahu’s India visit, covered by many national and international media, even outsiders have also raised the same question. Thus the outcry has also multiplied.

So I think this need a discourse. So, let’s theorize the issue. Let me explain!

According to social scientists a dispute arouse at three levels. (1) For basic daily needs, security, and survival; (2) for respect, self esteem and luxury etc; (3) for cultural superiority, religious freedom etc. If we prioritize the issues, the first is the most important, second is less important and third is the least important. The struggle against corruption, nepotism, education and political status are not in par with struggle for daily basic needs, security and survival. The issues in Middle East, for which Kargil raise voice are grave concerns of basic need and security of life. However, issues in Kargil are not worse like that. When the basic survival issues fulfills, then the turn comes for second and the third one. So there is no comparison between the issues in Kargil and issues in Middle East.

Secondly, at the international level, countries that play a major role and take concerns on humanitarian ground about various issues at the regional and the global level, have the status of regional, great or super power. They subsequently enjoy a major say in international organizations. E.g. India, with the second largest population in the world, plays a major role in South Asia, is on the edge to get permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council. Because, India contribute troops, experts opinion, logistic support and humanitarian aid for various peacekeeping missions by UN. Thus it proves that, speaking for other countries on humanitarian ground is considered to be a noble job.

Thirdly, at the national level, the motto of Central Government led, National Service Scheme (NSS) is “Not Me But You”. The national level service scheme initiated by Mahatma Gandhi is a group of young responsible volunteers whose priority is mankind rather than him/her self. Islam also says that the best obedience to the creator is to serve creatures. The crux is, those who serve humanity and other creatures are the best responsible citizens. The culture of might is right and self survival is common in both animal and human. The difference is human acts on humanitarian ground.

Yes, Kargil take concern about global issues because they want India to become a permanent member of the UNSC. They concern because they hate crime; and they have zero crimes rate in their own district. They protest because they want to propagate justice across the globe. In Quranic terms they feel the responsibility of the “leaders’ for mankind”.

But it doesn’t mean that they totally neglect their own part. The youth in Kargil had recently taken to street against corruption, nepotism and other issues. The MLA Kargil had made a major uproar in the state Assembly. The religious organizations conduct free medical camps and distribute free clothes among needy. They had raised their voice on state and national issues like article 370, 35 A, triple talaq, demand for Union Territory, Greater Ladakh demand and many others. All these are within Kargil and Kargili voice for both “me” (Kargil) and “you” (non-Kargil). It is the media who doesn’t cover these stories because they had little chance to get TRP. But when Kargil raised voice against Israel the Zionist led imperialist media highlights it with an intention to divert the voice of the mass.

Lastly, but most importantly, the “world is flat”, the “globe is shrinking”, and in an era of communication, connectivity, global governance and cooperation, no issue is yours’ and ours’. A minor shift in policy in west affects the east and a minor conflict in the east jeopardizes the west. In such an era of soft war, only guns loaded with information will be the triumphant. People present in the battle field will be the leaders. Thus the slogans of “self-help”, “ego-centric” and “ethno-centric” are enemies’ policy to keep you on the bay. So don’t get confined in the enemies trap.

In a nutshell I would argue that, this (statement) is a thought, your thought is based on your knowledge, and your knowledge is based on your source. So check your source, it may be under hegemony!

By – Anwar Ali Anwar

Govt. Middle School students in Kargil develops Artificial Glacier

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Government Middle School students in Kargil have developed an Artificial Glacier in Karith village with the help of the teaching staff and the villagers. Here is a short discription about the glacier by a teaching staff.

Respected everyone, we the staff members of Government Middle School Karith want to give a short description about the artificial Glacier that we (have) prepared at Karith.

The thought was discussed in 2016 by the staff members in which the involment of the students was also ensured with the aim to develop the creative approach of the students. Even though the first attempt was not a success but good enough to keep the concept alive.

So, in 2017 we decided to do it again and the result is in front of you all.
It took more than a week to choose a suitable location and to discuss about other important details and finally we built the structure successfully by 28th of November 2017 at the selected location.

The glacier was under observation by the staff as well as students before the vocation but after the vacations as it was not possible to go to the village everyday we decided that the native staff and students will visit the glacier weekly and inform us about the status.

The site was visited by other staff members too and also decided to go again to evaluate if there is any shortcoming and futher modification needed. Thus the staff members and the students worked really hard to make this a successful one.

We hope that everyone will appreciate and support us.

Thank You
Regards
Staff Members of Government Middle School Karith (Working under Pilot Project)

Happy New Year Kargil

Since last few days WhatsApp and messenger both have been flooded with best wishes for the New Year. The world also has embraced the New Year with hopes and new heights to achieve. But, undoubtedly, for many the elated feelings are veil to cover the failures of the last year.

How one can forget unachieved dreams with the change of year, months and days. Because, every rational person knows, this process of change in time has less to change in life. But as believers we are taught to remain hopeful always. So we have to turn the New Year in a day to plan new strategies and tactics.

Last year we went through many grave problems of corruption, nepotism, erosion of values, fear of cultural assimilation, bribery, disintegration. After all we ended the year with naming and accusing some organizations, politicians and office bearers for the sociopolitical, ethical and moral degradation in the society. Furthermore, last year was very regrettable because we all failed to provide a way out from these grave problems and remained indulged in naming and framing each other.

Everyone, especially those extending shoulders to fight against the problems in the society must understand that, the blaming and accusing game leads to Takfiriat. Those who were accusing both Muawiya and Ali a.s. gave birth to the Khawarij who leads to extremism. Similarly those who were accusing the failures of Ottoman Empire gave birth to Wahhabism. Thus proves that blaming game of the statuesque without an alternative plan leads to takfirism.

So, Put on your thinking caps and let’s think for a plan to find a way out. Let’s remember this New Year eve to pledge for the coming year.

Ahan, no haste please!

Take this whole first month to seek a workable plan to implement in the next 11 months. And, let’s pledge to fight back rationally and ethically with a strong feasible plan.

Happy New Year to all…

By – Anwar Ali Anwar

کرگل میں ہیراپھیری! زمہ دار کون؟

Kargil Corruption

یہ تو سب نے سنا ہوگا کہ پچھلے سال ڑیر ساری بد نظمی اور بد عنوانیوں کے زیر سائہ ہونے والی جنرل لائن ٹیچرز کے امتحان کا نتیجہ آگیا تھا جس پر بہت سے کرگلی جوان ماتم کر رہے تھے۔ خیر ماتم کرنے والے کرتے ہیں لیکن ناکام امطحانات کے کامیاب لوگ آج شان سے سرکاری ملازم کے خطاب کے ساتھ جی رہے ہیں۔ سال ۲۰۱۷ اپنے آخر میں ہے لیکن یہ سال کرگل کی غریب عوام کو کچھ خاص یادیں دے کر نہیں جا رہا ہے۔ اس سال کی زلزلہ آمیز خبروں میں سب سے پہلے کرگل میں وائرل ہونے والا فحش ویڑیو تھا جس نے سب کے رونگٹے کھڑے کر دئے۔ پھر ویجیلنس کے یم راج کا ۷۰ لوگوں کی فحرست لیکر کرگل پہنچنے کی خبر ملی۔ ان لوگوں پر الزام تھا کہ یہ لوگ ۱۰۰ روپیہ کھاتے میں لیکر ناشتہ ہزار روپئے  کا کھاتے ہیں جسکا اندازہ عوام کو بھی اُن کے عالیشان مکان گاڑیوں اور جموں و کشمیر میں موجود انکی زمینوں اور مکانوں سے ہو جاتا ہے۔ کرگل میں یہ نئی بات تو نہیں ہے لیکن پھر بھی اس خبر سے ہنگامہ بہت ہوا کہ حال میں ہوئے وی ایل ڑبلیو کے امتحان میں اسامیوں کو کرگل کے چند صاحب مقام لوگوں کے عزیز اور اقربائ کے درمیان بطور تبرک تقسیم کر دیا گیا ہے۔

اب سب سے بڑا سوال یہ ہے کہ ان سب کا زمہ دار کون ہے؟

جہان زمہ داری کی بات آتی ہے ٹھیک ساس بہو کے جھگڑے کی طرح ہر کوئی ایک دوسرے پر الزام دھرتا ہوا نظر آتا ہے۔ کسی کی نظر میں ساکاری ملازم چور میں تو کسی کی نگاہ میں سیاسی لیڑر اور کسی کی نظر میں کرگل کے دونوں مزہبی ادارے زمہ دار ہیں۔ حقیقت تو یہ ہے کہ اس حمام میں سبھی ننگے ہیں جو ایک دوسرے کو ننگا کہہ رہے ہیں۔ ہم سماج کے رشوت خوروں کو تو کوستے ہیں مگر رشوت دینے والوں کو کچھ نہیں کہتے۔ فحش ویڑیو بنانے والوں پر لعنت کرتے ہیں مگر اس ویڑیو کو چرا کر جا بہ جا نشر کرنے والوں کو بھول جاتے ہیں۔ ہم لوگوں کو لوٹ کر مال جمع کرنے والوں کو تو گالیاں دے کر نکل جاتے ہیں مگر سماج میں ان لٹیروں کا احترام کرنے والے اور عزت دینے والوں کو فراموش کر دیتے ہیں۔ اور پھر آخر میں ہمارے جوان ان سب کا ٹھیکرا آئے کے ایم ٹی اور آئی ایس کے سر پھوڑتے ہیں۔ شاید کچھ لوگوں کو گمان ہے کہ یہ دونوں ادارے آسمان سے نازل ہوئے ہیں یا پھر اقوام متحدہ کی جانب سے مامور کئے گئے ہیں۔ ان سب کے درمیان ہم یہ بھول جاتے ہیں کہ ان اداروں کے کام کرنے والے، ان اداروں کو چلانے والے، اور حمایت کرنے والے سب کے سب ہم اور آپ میں سے کسی نہ کسی کے والد، چاچا، تایا، بھائی یا پھر دوست ضرور ہیں۔ اب اگر اسی طرح ایک دوسرے کو ننگا کہنے اور کوسنے کا سلسلہ جاری رہا تو بہت جلد اس حمام کی دیواریں گر جائیں گی اور اس قوم کے ننگ پنے کو دیکھ کر ساری دنیا منہ پھیر لیگی۔

ان تمام مسائل پر بولنے والے بول رہے ہیں اور لکھنے والے لکھ رہے ہیں۔ مگر اسی درمیاں سننے میں آیا ہے کہ کچھ لوگ روزگار کا ایک نیا اور انوکھا تجربہ کر رہے ہیں کہ آر ٹی آئی لگاو، لوگوں کو ڑرائو، دباو بنائو اور مال کمائو۔ اب میں یہ لوگوں پر چھوڑتا ہوں کہ اس طرح مجبوری کا فائدہ اٹھانے کو رشوت خوری کہیں گے یا کچھ اور۔

صرف قوم کا مرثیہ پڑھنے سے تو کسی مسئلہ کا حل ہونے والا نہیں ہے۔ ہمیں یہ سوچنا پڑے گا کہ آخر زیرو (۰) ایف آئے آر والے معاشرے میں آج رشوت، قتل، عصمت ریزی، فحاشی جیسی بیماریاں جڑ کیون پھیلا رہی ہیں۔ مجھے مولا علی کا ایک قول یاد آتا ہے کہ ـ جس کی آرزو لمبی ہوگی اسکا کام بھی خراب ہوگا۔ ہماری بدحالی کی کئی وجوہات ہو سکتے ہیں لیکن میری نظر میں یہ ایک بنیادی وجہ ضرور ہے۔ وہ قنائد پسند، وہ صابر قوم جو اتنی سختیوں کے باوجود نہایت ہی محبت اور وقار کے ساتھ زندگی گزارتی تھی آج اس قوم کی خواہشات کی فہرست بہت طویل ہو گئی ہے۔ ہم سب کو سرکاری نوکری چاہئے، ایک عالیشان مکان چاہئے، چلنے پھرنے کیلئے ایک خوبصورت گاڑی، موسم سرما میں جموں کا سفر، بچوں کو جموں، دہلی، چنڑی گڑھ میں پڑھانا، مہنگے کپڑے اور منفرد موبائل وغیرہ وغیرہ۔ اب یہ تمام چیزیں سیدھے راستے حاصل ہو تو ٹھیک ورنہ دوسری راہیں تلاش کرتے ہیں۔

آخر میں اتنا ہی کہوں گا کہ حکومت امام معصوم کی ہی کیوں نہ ہو اگر انسان ایماندار نہ ہو اور اسکی خواہشات کی فہرست طویل ہو تو دینار اور درہم کی جھنکار سُن کر امام معصوم کو چھوڑ دیتا ہے اور امیر شام کے دربار میں جا پہنچتا ہے۔

تحریر  ۔۔۔ انور علی انور ۔۔۔ ژھرپا

کشمیر: ایک نئی صبح کی تلاش

مقالہ افسانہ مضمون، پتا نہیں اردو کی لغت میں، میں جو لکھ رہا ہوں اسے کیا کہیں گے۔ کیونکہ اردو سے اتنا آشنا نہیں ہوں۔ اردو سے بس آتے جاتے راستے میں ہائے ہلو ہو جاتا ہے اس کے علاوہ کبھی ہماری بات نہیں بنی۔ اس لئے کا کی اور تھا تھی میں فرق نہیں کر پاتا ہوں۔ رہنے دیجئے پتا نہیں کس بحث میں پڑ گئے۔ یہ تو ایسی بات ہوئی کی لینے چلا تھا کتاب اور لے آئے جُراب۔ اصل میں بات کرنی تھی ملک میں بدلتے ہوئے ہوائوں کی۔

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سنا ہے آج کل ہوا بہت گرم ہے، لازم ہے کیونکہ گرمی کا موسم ہے۔ حیرانی اس بات پے ہے کی کشمیر جیسے ٹھنڑے علاقے میں بھی ہوا بہت گرم ہے چلو اس کو مزاج کی گرمی سمجھ لیتے ہیں۔ بدلتے ہوئے حالات کو دیکھ کے کسی نے کہا ہے کی کشمیر میں بھی سہر ہونے والی ہے میں نے کہا ابھی تو شام نہیں ہوا کی تم صبح کی بات کر رہے ہو۔ کہنے لگا شام کے بعد تو صبح ہونا طے ہے میں نے کہا سہر ہونے کے لئے بھی ازان بلالی شرط ہے۔

ایک بات بتایئے جنت میں تو ازان بلالی ہوتی ہوگی کیونکہ وہاں تو حضرت بلال خود ہیں۔ کشمیر بھی تو جنت کا نمونہ ہے اور زمین بھی بڑی زرخیز ہے۔ اور اگر صبح ہونے کے لئے حضرت بلال ہی چاہئے تو کیوں نہ کھیتوں میں بلال اُگا کے دیکھیں۔ آج ضرورت بلال و عمار و مقداد و سلمان کی ہے اور ہم دیسی مُلائوں اور ہندی یوگیوں کے پاس دردکی دوا ڑھونڑ رہے ہیں۔ قران نے بھی تو کہا ہے انی جائلو کا لنناس اماما۔ اور علامہ اقبال نے بھی تو کہا ہے۔

سبق پھر پڑھ صداقت کا عدلت کا شجائت کا

لیا جائے گا تجھ سے کام دنیا کی امامت کا

ایک اور بات بتائوں کشمیر تو ہے ہی اماموں کی زمین۔ اس نے ہندوستان کو نہرو اور ایران کو خمینی جیسی حستی دی ہے۔ آپ جو کشمیر سے باہر راجدہانی میں امامت پڑنے جاتے ہو یہ بات تو مجھے ایسا لگا جیسے پہاڑوں میں مچھلی ڑھونڈ رہے ہو۔ امامت تو وہاں پڑی جائے گی جہاں امامت پڑائی جاتی ہو۔ یہ تو غلاموں کا شہر ہے یہاں تو لوگ امامت کی الف کو بھی نہیں پہچانتےاور نہ یہاں اُس کیلئے ماحول ہے۔ میں اپنا آنکھوں دیکھا بھی بتائوں تو ایسا ہے کی لوگ یہاں پہلے بریانی کھاتے ہیں اور گرمی اتنی ہوتی ہے کی کھاتے ہی نیند چھڑ جاتی ہے پھر پسینے صاف کرتے رہ جاتے ہیں اور اس کے بعد تھوڑا وقت بچھتا ہے تو مچھر مارنے میں گزر جاتا ہے۔ بھلا یہاں کیا پڑائی ہوگی۔ کشمیر کی موسم سے تو آپ آشنا ہیں جس کی مثال شاعر کو دنیا میں نہیں ملتی اس لئے کہا تھا

اگر فردوس بروئے زمین است

ہمیں است ہمیں است ہمیں است

ان باتوں کا مطلب یہ نہیں ہے کہ آپ اپنی لڑائی چھوڑ دے۔ میں آپ کو لڑائی ترک کرنے کو بھی نہیں کہوں گا۔ لڑو اگر لڑ سکتے ہو تو، نہیں تو اپنی مائوں کو اپنے غم میں مت رلائو۔ آپ نے گرامچی کی ہیجیمنی تھیوری تو پڑی ہوگی۔ ٹھیک اُسی طرح ابھی جو آپ کی لڑائی ہے وہ زیادہ تر آپ کر نہیں رہے ہیں بلکہ کروایا جا رہا ہے۔ میدان میں آپ کی جیت تب ہوگی جب میدان آپ نے تیار کی ہو اگر دوسروں کی میدان میں جا کے لڑو گے تو شکست آپ کی تقریر ہے۔

تقریر سے یاد آیا کچھ لوگ کہتے ہیں کہ آجکل جو کچھ کشمیر میں ہو رہا ہے وہ اُنکی تقدیر میں لکھی ہوئی تھی۔ لیکن میں تو مانتا ہوں کی کشمیر توتقدیرکے ساتھ چلنے والے نہیں بلکہ اپنی تقدیر آپ لکھنے والوں میں سے ہے لیکن بس تھوڑی سی راستہ بٹک گئی ہے۔ جیسے کی علامہ اقبال پھر سے کہتے ہیں:

تیری دریا میں طوفان کیوں نہیں ہے؟

خودی اے مسلمان تیری کیوں نہیں ہے؟

عبس ہے شکوہ تقدیر یزدان

تو خود تقدیر یزدان کیوں نہیں ہے؟

تو نتیجہ یہ نکلا کی کشمیر کو عمار و سلمان و بلال چاہئے جو اپنی تقدیر آپ لکھے تاکہ امامت کے فرائض انجام دے سکے!

تحریر انور علی ژھرپا

Rabbani’s Character Assassination

After political figures, character assassination is being using as a tool against the people affiliated with masses and movements as it is a commonly used technique to derail every mass movement. You may have heart about Rahul Gandhi whose character has been distorted and portrayed as a failed leader by the biased media. In a similar incident prominent religious scholar Molana Zaki Baqiri was also targeted by manipulating his Majlis videos.

Once again a charismatic leader has been targeted by character assassination attempt. Various videos have been produced against prominent youth Leader Feroz Ahmed Rabbani over which he has been labelled for denouncing Islamic values. It comes almost on the same day on which the “Unity Conference” was organised by All Kargil (Ladakh) Students’ Association Delhi (AKSAD), which was directed by Rabbani.

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The Unity Conference had irked many stake holders in Kargil who are benefitting from polarisation in the society. With the help of these videos three targets are aimed: (1) to humiliate and defame the architect of the “Unity Conference” so that no one in future would dare to take such a step; (2) to underestimate the effectiveness of the conference by highlighting an alternative issue; (3) to nip an emerging youth leader in the bud.

In one video the voice has been dubbed over an old video of Rabbani in which he is portrayed as saying that “the two organisations in Kargil are responsible for every problem in the society; and all must unite to annihilate the two organisations”. This is what he never said in his decade long journey of social and religious activism. In the Unity Conference also, he clearly declared that the aim of the conference is not to denounce or put to end to any organisation but to minimise the misunderstanding, gap and hatred between the two influential organisations and among common people towards each other.

The second video is a four-years-old video in which Rabbani on the request of children is doing mimicry of some other person. This is what the viewers couldn’t understand anything from the video itself. The names in the video like “Bibi, Boni, Wasi al Hasan” etc are the name of the persons present in the video and there is no resemblance of anything with the fourteen infallibles or any other Islamic values. However, Rabbani himself is apologising for this act if this has hurt anyone’s feelings.

The scene was recorded and the memory card with the video was misplaced and left in Kargil by his younger brother. The same memory card was discovered by one of his relative and started using that. While transferring some other data from the mobile a wicked person from his own village purloined the video and started distributing among his village youth, a month before this incident. Rabbani was informed by some of his friend about the video. At the time fearing unrest due to misconception, Rabbani warned those people not to disseminate the video.

It was on the same day when AKSAD concluded the unity conference in Delhi – the video was deliberately disseminated again. A group of person tried to pressurise all the religious organisations to denounce Rabbani for humiliating religious values. Some organisations felt need to investigate and some announced without investigation. Imam Juma in proper Kargil criticised the video without seeking any verification and clearance from Rabbani himself.

Fearing the escalating unrest between people, Rabbani himself embarked to contact all the organisations and prominent figures in Kargil and also wrote letter to all the organisations. He accepted his irresponsible act and said that it was not a deliberate act to humiliate religious values.

Rabbani has been a charismatic leader, responsible member, AKSUD’s advisor, religious orator with an effective wit, and social activist. He is actively participating and conducting religious congregations and social seminars in Delhi since last eight years. Unfortunately we could see only a single irrationality from him rather than his major contribution to the society.

Most noteworthy is that this incident was an examination of the whole community: Firstly, no one unfortunately dare enough to raise voice against those who stole the video, disseminated that and used it as a coward tool to assassinate his character, which also caused an infamous foment in the society. Secondly, is this the right way to deal with a person whoever committed a mistake, knowingly or unknowingly?

I would caution the whole society that the act of humiliating someone by exposing his personnel life is an unethical trend which would cover all of us one day. Because we all are human being and no one is infallible.

By Anwar Ali Tharpa