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PM Modi remains in denial of Kashmir situation

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The situation in Kashmir has deteriorated to such an extent thatno solution appears feasible to restore normalcy in the  state .While the Central government remains in denial but anti-India slogans are being chanted in districts of Srinagar including Anantnag, Badgam.

Modi government failed to read the pulse of the Kashmiris when he visited Jammu to inaugurate the Chenani-Nashri tunnel and allowed the Srinagar by-poll which recorded the historic lowest- ever voter turnout of 6.54% in 30 years .The violence and loss of lives during by-polls is a slap on the face of the PDP-BJP coalition government  in the state  and the Modi governemnt at the centre.

Modi should have announced a team of  interlocutors  to engage all the stakeholders of the state to initiate a dialogue process  to display in action the slogan used by BJP of Jamhooriyat, Insaaniyat and Kashmiriyat .

And Mehbooba Mufti should have resigned when the situation  had gone out of control rather than pleading  before Modi government to do something substantial to pacify and calm down the protesters. Mehbooba who had been talking about rehabilitation of Kashmiri youth instead has rehabilitated her brother .

Former Chief Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah has warned  that “New Delhi could lose Kashmir valley if it dosen’t find a political solution to the dispute”.

The central government  should opt for a soft policy towards Kashmiris’ who are an integral part of  Indian Republic.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said ”  I have been writing,speaking that we are losing Kashmir …The path that the government of Jammu and Kashmir  and  the central government have taken is a perilous path. This path will not lead to any kind of peace  or any kind of engagement with the people.”

Thus to regain the trust of Kashmiri people, Modi government should take the help of Congress to bring a radical change in its Kashmiri policy .

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

 

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