Their response on Kashmir using terms like “terrifying situation”, “taste of brute force”, “draconian government”, “curtailment of liberty, dignity” etc. may be aimed against ruling BJP government or Narendra Modi, but the only beneficiary of such comments is Pakistan which used such reports as propaganda claiming that India is doing something horrible inside Kashmir.
Political rivalry must be there, but when there’s an issue of national interest mature approach is the best option. You may disagree with the method adopted by the Narendra Modi government, but why speak Pakistan’s language? When the entire international community is standing with India, the opposition appears to be standing with Pakistan. What type of politics is this?
Do Congress and other parties think Kashmir is a Muslim issue? Not at all. There are a lot of Muslim countries like U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, etc. which openly expressed that Article 370 and Kashmir is India’s internal matter. Even Pakistan, which tried to hard-sell Kashmir issue as a Muslim identity linking “two-nation theory” failed to get the attention of the international community. Pakistan’s foreign minister openly admitted that “international relations are above religious sentiment” while commenting on U.A.E. and Bahrain’s top civilian award to Narendra Modi.
Now, what do Congress and opposition want? Do they want disturbances in Kashmir (especially the valley) to escalate? Does the opposition consider J&K as an integral part of India or not? And what did Narendra Modi government do that Congress never wanted to do? During the Congress government starting from Nehru till Indira Gandhi there were a lot of presidential orders which already diluted the original provisions of Article 370. Even Nehru and his home minister wished to scrap Article 370. What they wished; Narendra Modi government did. Why so much hue and cry?
Opposition in a democracy has the responsibility to be the critic of the government. However, there’s a very thin line between criticism and cynicism. Rahul Gandhi’s present politics on Kashmir appears to be petty and cynic. Rahul Gandhi and opposition must shun such cynical politics that has an angle of national integration, sovereignty, and security. Rivalry politics is alright, but national interest should always be above all.