Since the days of my maturity to understand the things, I have been listening about discrimination with Jammu. At least for the last 50 years of my conscious, the recipe of discrimination is yet stirring in the Jammu. During this period the erstwhile state has seen many political faces sand parties that have ruled us, having participation in government from Jammu too dually mandated by the voters. We have seen the President/Governor rules also in trouble times. We as honest opinion maker cannot deny the facts that we in Jammu region have seen lot of changes in development, infrastructure, and road connectivity, health care, education and in many other fields, whereas observatory in valley confirms the facts that more attention has been gathered by valley from the rulers both from state as well as in the center. For center, it might be owing to the fascinating of Kashmir as ‘A paradise on earth’ by Amir-e-Khusru Dehluvi, when he said “Agar firdous baroye zameen ast, hami asto, hami asto hami ast”: Meaning, if there is paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here and Ganghi je has seen ray of hope in Kashmir during turmoil of 1947. For the state rulers, it was Kashmir centric political domination and complete surrender of Jammu based political faces for their personal gains. How we can forget the ‘Chamcha Giri’ of Kashmir based political party by a Dy. Chief Minister from Jammu, when he adopted ‘Charar-I-Sharief’ in Kashmir for development ignoring his own constituency where hundreds of Hindu religious places are in dilapidated condition. There lust of sticking to musical chairs, there helplessness and surrender can well be understood, when an MLA from valley raised pro-Pak slogans inside the Assembly in session and speaker from Jammu that too having half of MLAs from Jammu and from one party that claim to be very pro-national, supposed to disqualify the said law maker for anti-national activity, behaved like a rubber stamp and remained a mute spectator. This is the helplessness of our elected candidates that boost the morale of Kashmir politicians and they take Jammuites as for granted and discriminate with Jammuites.
My personal experience gathered while my posting at Baramula, conclude that for a common cause of development or otherwise, all communities and political formations with one voice come together at one platform whereas in Jammu, for a common cause people as well as political formations speak from different platters like that of winter frogs, who just make noise to register their presence unheeded by the concerned quarters. We well remember the boycotting of ‘District Development Meeting’ by one of them, when there was hoard betwixt then Deputy Chief Minister and Speaker of Legislative Assembly of getting its credit over cutting of a ribbon of a passenger shed costing just close to 50.000 rupees, both from Jammu and from same party. This the self centric politics for their personal propagation that is responsible for discrimination with Jammuites. Many leaders have cropped up to register the discrimination riding on the shoulders of ‘Dogras’. Whereas Dogras position is like that of ‘Dropadi’ of Mahabharta having five husbands. These are the reasons that Jammuites are taken for granted by center and Kashmir based political parties. If we traverse the pages of political parties active in Jammu and have shared the musical chairs in cabinet in JK, the historical discrimination is handed down by the BJP. We cannot forget the ‘Shri Amarnath Land Row’ a complete religious exploitation of Jammuites sentiments, when its convener walked away with MP seat leaving sizable number of families in tear, whose bread earners lost their life in this zero result orientated agitation kept alive by vested interests. Subsequently many of the MLAs elected as outcome of this agitation betrayed the voters and obtained cost of it from NC. In 2014, Jammuites rekindle their hopes of due share, when Mr. Modi as PM of India promised Jammuites to do away the discrimination by ensuring that Abdullah and Mufti families, the only looters of money pumped from center, will be answerable. The Modi assurance resulted into 25 MLAs from BJP party but tall claims and false promise of Modi turned out to be biggest fraud with the sentiments of Jammuites and for power lust it architected alliance first with late Mufti and later with his daughter to form the government. Nothing more would have been the embracing situation for Mr. Modi as PM, when late Mufti on his face, sharing the dais during oath ceremony, Late Mufti spoke very high of Terrorist organizations across the borders and thanked them for smooth conduct of Assembly Elections in J&K. Modi walked away with smiling face as his greatness, power lust or some other reason, he only can comment but for Jammuites it was nothing more than shame for them. During the period of the alliance in power, gap of discrimination with Jammuites widened.
The other factor responsible for discrimination with Jammuites was projected as article 370, in 2019 by BJP and same was abolished on 5 August 2019 with division of the state and downgrading it to a UT status, never thought of by people of this region. Thereafter the Jammu region is more discriminated by the autocratic decisions thrust upon us by Modi dispensation. The ruling class is intentionally disadvantaging innocent people. A protest by youth wing of BJP is a testimony to the suppressive and discriminatory attitude of ruling BJP and through their appointed administrators in UT. So when we talk of discrimination with Jammuites, it is we and only we responsible for it. Our existence is just like that of dead souls. We never thought of giving the opportunity to honest and dedicated leadership for the cause of Jammuites and remained un-loyal to our vote and have been electing the rubbish to represent us. Discrimination raises wide question of interests. Discrimination takes up a lot of discursive space. People from socially silent groups are more responsible than political groups.