Summer Picnic or Politicking?
Parties, Groups Make Beeline To Kashmir
Srinagar, May 31: After flocking to the Valley throughout the last summer, various national political parties and civil society groups are again rushing here to ‘engage with the people of Kashmir.’
While the Central Government-appointed interlocutors’ report on the issue has earned brickbats from almost all shades of opinion including the mainstream forces, the political parties and civil society groups in New Delhi are resuming their mission Kashmir from Friday. This is notwithstanding the fact that their similar exercises last year failed to yield anything positive.
The leaders of opposition Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and members of Left-backed Centre for Policy Analysis (CPA) will be here on Friday and Saturday to ‘meet different groups’ and for ‘raising awareness over Kashmir issue’ respectively.
The BJP study group comprising of parliamentarians Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda, Avinash Rai Khanna and Basav Rai Patil reached Jammu on May 28 to hold dialogue with diverse sections of the society. In the wake of 2010 unrest, BJP constituted a team to prepare roadmap, what it terms, vision document for finding resolution of Kashmir issue.
Ironically, more than 20 roadmaps and ideas, which include Dixon Plan, Kathwari Plan, National Conference’s Autonomy proposal, Peoples Democratic Party’s Self Rule, General Parvez Musharaff’s 4-point formula and Sajjad Lone’s Achievable Nationhood, have been churned out by different groups for resolution of Kashmir issue.
The latest addition to the teeming bunch of ideas is “A New Compact with the people of Jammu & Kashmir” by interlocutors Dileep Padgoankar, Radha Kumar and MM Ansari. The interlocutors met more than 700 delegations and held three round-table conferences during their frequent trips since their appointment on October 13, 2010.
Analysts in the Valley feel that although sincere engagement by New Delhi based civil society groups with political formations of Jammu & Kashmir is important, but such moves cannot be expected to solve Kashmir issue.
“These initiatives are not addressing the core problem of Kashmir issue and instead are trying to change discourse towards governance,” senior High Court lawyer Zaffar Ahmad Shah said, adding, “You cannot expect any favour from party like BJP which has abolition of Article 370 on its agenda.”
Noted political commentator Dr Gul Muhammad Wani said that such engagements are partly to address psychological grievances like non-engagement of New Delhi with Kashmir, before the involvement of State actors.
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