China, Kashmir crises

GKNN
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jul 16 2017 11:10PM | Updated Date: Jul 16 2017 11:10PM

A broad consensus has emerged in the Government’s meeting with the Opposition parties over its dealings with China.  However, there have reportedly been some differences over the government’s handling of Kashmir. More so, after the killing of seven Amarnath yatris in South Kashmir. However, even on the state the opposition has arrived at a broad consensus with the government’s approach to the evolving situation. In their interaction with the media after the meeting  Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma said that their party had raised some issues before the government but made it clear that “nation is first — be it China or Kashmir”. The tension with Beijing has escalated after China claimed that India had tried to alter the status-quo at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Doklam. But New Delhi  has said that a People's Liberation Army construction party was trying to build a road in the area, which Bhutan claims is part of its territory. Indian Army went in to stop the construction. Now Beijing wants India to withdraw its forces which New Delhi has refused to do. The standoff if  left unresolved could potentially take a more serious turn. At the meeting, the opposition counselled the government to take a diplomatic route to resolve the crisis. On Kashmir, there has been some difference of opinion. The opposition has raised questions about the government’s approach to internal security.  Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti too had a meeting with the home minister Rajnath Singh. Emerging from the meeting, Mehbooba told reporters that Kashmir was not a law and order problem and that the entire country needed to support Kashmir to resolve the issues confronting the state. Incidentally, Mehbooba too blamed China for meddling in the affairs of the state. One could hope that this outreach to the opposition would hopefully lead to a change of policy on Kashmir. So far, centre has dealt with the worsening Kashmir  situation through the use of force only. Here is hoping for a dialogue and political outreach to Kashmir too.