ORHAN – Critical junction in the Kurdish issue

Critical junction in the Kurdish issueA journalist once asked a taxi driver on his way from DiyarbakIr Airport to the city center about the outcome of the Kurdish issue. The driver responded, “Sir, are you asking for my personal opinion or my official opinion?”This wise response suggests that the state and those who administer the Kurdish policy have always had a personal as well as an official position on this matter. Today, Kurdish politics are swinging between these real and official views.It is not possible to explain the creation of the Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) and its presence in the elections in the Western parts in place of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) by the ambition of pro-Kurdish actors to become a more embracive party. This is the official collapse of this project because the HDP was not successful in the recent elections it received less votes than the previous Kurdish parties did in these areas. In addition, this decision failed to turn into a political style that Kurdish voters in the West and the East would understand and endorse.Therefore, it is not possible to explain the creation of the HDP by the official policies of the pro-Kurdish politics. Besides, the BDP seems to be a more embracive party than the HDP. Normalization of this complexity was expected but this time, the BDP deputies joined the HDP in a surprising decision. If we consider the reports and comments published in the pro-Kurdish media, the BDP would be in charge of DiyarbakIr-based politics whereas HDP would remain focused on Ankara. Likewise, these reports and publications reveal that the HDP project is more about opposition to Justice and Development Party (AK Party) rule and attracting the attention and support of the Kurds in the West to the struggle.After the ceremony held to mark the BDP deputies joining the HDP, party leaders stressed that they would maintain a struggle against monopolistic and fascist policies and practices.It is useless to think about the relationship between monopolistic practices and the Kurdish issue because what the leftist groups represented within the HDP are interested in is an imagined struggle against an imagined fascism. Those who hold this view argue that the AK Party represents a monopolistic capitalism and fascism based on this capitalist ideology therefore the government is the main target of this struggle. But the HDP figures also believe that pro-Kurdish politics are making a huge mistake by seeking to resolve the Kurdish issue through cooperation with the AK Party administration and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan. This political line did not support the Gezi protests, the Dec. 17 process and even ended the armed struggle in an attempt to support the government’s initiative. At least they silenced the guns.However, the government would have to quit the settlement process had the pro-Kurdish figures agreed that this issue would not be resolved via cooperation with ErdoIan. This is how they believe and how they write. But in fact, this means that you are trying to defeat a political administration that you were unable to defeat in the election by armed struggle that would be staged by the Kurds. Pro-Kurdish politics are under huge pressure from different sources, including Qandil. They are being accused of cooperation with the government to keep an authoritarian regime in Turkey alive. Abdullah Öcalan in particular has to face these accusations.An intellectual and ideological transformation of pro-Kurdish politics and involvement of the conservatives in the process is not wanted. Redefining the BDP as a more left-wing political entity is an ideological and political preference. This preference has nothing to do with a desire to become a more inclusive and embracive political orientation.The Kurds are now at a critical juncture the results will be shocking.I would like to conclude by celebrating Labor and Solidarity Da

SOURCE: Todays Zaman