Contextualising the current Lok Sabha election in Kargil

By – Anwar A. Tsarpa

After concluding the counting process of the current Lok Sabha election in Ladakh, I was on the way to home from Degree college Kargil where the election counting process held. I took a sharing taxi towards home that had heated debate over the election result. Two people were overwhelmingly criticising the religious organisations for “repeatedly betraying” the people. We saw such disillusionment and distress among many other people in the region. Is this true that the religious organisations have betrayed the people? Or, this is handiwork of any third party to disappoint the people from religious organisations?

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Before answering the above two questions we must admit that we are doing three major mistakes in this political scenario. Firstly, we are looking all religious organisations with a single lens. We are not judging, how they are different from each other in their goals, ideologies, strategies and performance. We are judgemental in marking them on grade scale. Without looking at their contributions and objectives we are putting all in a single basket. All apples are not same. Some would generate more revenue than others depending on their quality. By putting all in a single basket we are undermining their efforts.

Secondly, while choosing the electoral candidate we are focusing on relationship, affiliations, personal interests and prejudice instead of agendas to fulfil. We are not aware of our political motives to fulfil by the potential candidate, once he gets successful in the election. In this particular election sentiments like Buddhist Vs Muslim, IKMT Vs ISK, Broqpa Vs Balti, Balti Vs Purki and many such affiliations were allegedly provoked in political rallies and speeches.

Instead of judging which side is using these unfair terms and means for political goals, the people are choosing candidates with prejudice. We all have ascribed an identity to ourselves that are prioritised over political agendas, moral principles and individual capabilities of candidates.

Thirdly, we are neglecting the basic fundamentals of Islam. In Islam principles comes first than majority. People are neglecting the fundamental principles of Islam while casting the vote. According to some Islamic prominent jurists casting vote is a “Faraiz” (obligation) like other Faraiz in Islam. While choosing the right candidate to cast vote one must admit the witness of God, and follow the principles of justice. While choosing candidate we must follow the principles of seniority, impartiality, ability, truthfulness, no nepotism etc.

Let’s come to the first question. To know whether the religious organisations are betraying people we must analyse and judge their decisions. Are their decisions in favour of the mass or they are benefitting some external agencies? Because, if you have closely analysed last few elections and particularly this election, you must have smelled handiwork of some external agencies infiltrating in Ladakh and particularly Kargil.

Their agenda, as some experts observed from their activities, is to weaken the religious organisations. To disappoint the people from religious organisations. Because religious organisations are the only powerful authorities that have the decision-making power in the region. With the existence of these organisations the external agencies would not be able to put forward their cultural, economic and political goals.

If an individual or an organisation whose decisions and actions are resulting in disappointment of people over religious organisations you must admit that he/they are playing in hand of an external agency. If the discord between religious organisations thwarted Kargil from electing a united candidate, that in turn resulted in disappointment of mass over them, it means the external agencies are successful in their goals. The religious organisations knowingly or unknowingly strengthening an external front who would erode their acceptance in the region.

Sometimes people wrongly compare Kargil with other districts and regions which is not right. Because agencies have already got huge hands in setting their puppet regimes in those regions while Kargil has thwarted them from doing so. It means people in Kargil are more aware than people in other regions. And you must continue this legacy of awareness to next level instead of losing them.

In the concluding words I would suggest not to put all individuals and organisations in a single basket. Judge who is right and wrong or who is at least better than its alternative. Focus on agenda-based politics rather than affiliations and prejudice. Don’t let the external agencies to erode your sovereignty or to take your part of decision.

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