A Solution for Kashmir
By The Editorial Team /
June 12, 2018
There were apprehensions. Even many of our policy makers were sceptical about the move. Some of them openly expressed that the move would bring more bloodshed. But, even before the one month period of unilateral ceasefire declared by the Centre in Kashmir comes to end, many have now started supporting the demand of extending it further to create a more conducive atmosphere for dialogue between the stakeholders. After the end of his two day visit to the troubled state, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also expressed satisfaction about the overall improvement in the law and order situation during ceasefire. If situation remains the same even during the Amarnath Yatra, at last one can expect some good news from the troubled valley.
It is now clear that the unilateral step taken by the Centre declaring ceasefire has put the trouble mongers on the back foot. As security forces have restrained themselves from launching operations, the terrorists are now finding it difficult to create an anti-India hype to attract more youths to its fold. Sensing the difficulties faced by their mercenaries, the Pakistani Army is now indulging in unprovoked firing on the border, so that peace continues to elude Kashmir. But Indian authorities should not be distracted by this Pakistani ploy.
The Union home minister has already announced schemes for granting amnesty to the stone-throwers used as a shield by the terrorists. At the same time the government has expressed its desire to start fresh rounds of dialogue with the forces demanding Independence for Kashmir.
All such moves by the government have created positive impact, which can be judged by the fact that Hurriyat Conference, the biggest confederation of secessionist forces in the state, has now asked the Centre about the agenda of discussion. Clearly, the Hurriyat is under pressure to respond and reciprocate the Centre’s move. Otherwise, the organisation is sure to lose the support it enjoys in the valley. It appears the Centre is yet to decide about the agenda. Here one suggestion should be made on behalf of all peace loving people of the country. The talks, if held, should be held without any precondition. If talks are not unconditional it can be concluded well in advance that Kashmir problem will remain unsolved. It is not possible for Hurriyat or any other organisation to come to the negotiating table after accepting the condition that talks should be held within the ambit of Indian Constitution. On the other hand, the Centre cannot oblige any organisation which wants to talk about Independence solely. Here, both sides should take a leaf out of the progress of the ongoing Naga peace talks. Imposing conditions stalled any chance of dialogue between the two sides for nearly two decades. The ice finally melted when the Centre announced its desire to hold talks without any condition. Since then, it’s a smooth affair. In case of Kashmir too, concerned parties should adopt the same approach. This is the only way to bring a lasting solution to the Kashmir problem.