Violence can’t end violence; time to talk Kashmir

By Ashok Kumar

You can’t end violence with violence. Going by this phrase, the attempt of Peaceniks to meet the separatists in Kashmir is seen as a cardinal sin and condemnation is flooding the Twitter and other social media portals.

The community should comprehend that talks, under the Indian Constitution, is the only way to achieve a lasting peace in Kashmir. The leaders of the ruling party instead of lambasting the Congress leaders are advised to head their own delegation and talk to these separatists and know their grievances and try to resolve them since they are in power. The proposal is not party-centric but nation building.

Some points to supplement the talks claim are:

  1. The situation is the outcome of political rivalry between the PDP and the National Conference.
  2. While the PDP has on its agenda “self rule,” and “autonomy’ is on NC’s agenda. Both are not worried about the people of the State.
  3.  True, the problem started during the Congress regime in the mid eighties, but the situation deteriorated during the PDP rule when it removed Army bunkers from the State allowing militants to re-organise and unleash terror.
  4. South Kashmir is the bastion of PDP and close to Pak. It is also stronghold of the Militants where people like Burhan Wani emerged.
  5. For the militants, Army is the occupier but not when the State is facing floods or earthquake.
  6. More importantly, no party in the State demanded or declared to term as illegal the occupation of KP’s homes by the Muslims

And those who are angry at the Cong leaders meeting “Pak ke dalal” should be made to understand that the only long lasting solution to the Kashmir issue lies in talks and there is no harm in meeting them. There is no point in flaring the tempers of general masses that are reportedly becoming restive.  , but time has come now to move forward.

In year 2000, under the Vajpayee government, peace talks were held with militants and the army suspended its operations against the militants. The negotiations followed a unilateral three-month ceasefire by the Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir’s largest terrorist group. Security forces said the 90-minute meeting included talks on an end to human rights abuse and harassment of Kashmiri political workers, the release of detainees, withdrawal of criminal cases against terrorists and removal of security bunkers across Kashmir’s cities, particularly Srinagar. It was give and take policy.

The current Govt should also take some positive measures in Kashmir which they are not taking or delaying giving rise to incidents like stone pelting.

It is also important to mend ties with Pakistan at a political level though our neighbour is itself passing through a volatile situation. Since Kashmir is considered to be integral part of India, the government ought not to involve any third party i.e. Pakistan in the talks. At the same time, steps should be taken to create a favourable atmosphere for the talks and encourage militants to take favourable measures.

The fact that such efforts can reassure average Kashmiris, who aren’t terrorists, that there’s space for them in mainland India. The delegation went to the Valley because they’re convinced that as a nation we can’t keep Kashmir without the support of Kashmiris of all faiths and ethnicities.

With inputs from wikipedia


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Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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