Kashmir interlocutor: ‘Realists’ prevail over ‘hawks’, says Congress

"Appointment of an interlocutor in J&K is indicative that realists in government have prevailed over the hawks. Hard Power is not an end but means towards an end," Tewari said on Twitter.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Oct 24 2017 12:09AM | Updated Date: Oct 24 2017 11:49AM
Kashmir interlocutor: ‘Realists’ prevail over ‘hawks’, says Congress

The Congress on Monday alleged that the Centre had "miserably failed" in Kashmir and said the government had lost precious time and life before admitting that a "muscular approach" would not work in the Valley.

The party said by appointing an interlocutor for Kashmir, the government had agreed to the Opposition's demand for talks with all stakeholders to bring peace to the Valley. Senior Congress leader GhulamNabi Azad asked why the government had wasted three-and-a- half-years and lost many precious lives before doing something that the Opposition had been demanding all along. "After having failed miserably" in Kashmir, the government had finally admitted its "blunder", he said.

"We had been demanding from day one that they should talk to all stakeholders and they opposed this demand. After having wasted full three-and-a-half-years and so much loss of life on both sides, they have come to this conclusion," he said, describing the government's think tank as "zero". The Leader of the Opposition in the RajyaSabha told reporters the Congress and the Opposition had been saying that demonetisation and GST were "wrong" decisions and now the government was making changes. "Whatever the Opposition has been saying on Kashmir, GST and on demonetisation is being proved 100 per cent true and this shows the total failure of the Union government and the total non-application of its mind on various national and international issues," Azad said. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the appointment of a representative to initiate a dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir indicated that "realists" in the government had prevailed over the "hawks".

"Appointment of an interlocutor in J&K is indicative that realists in government have prevailed over the hawks. Hard Power is not an end but means towards an end,"  Tewari said on Twitter.

The CPI said it had to be seen how the government's new move would work. "The government has taken a U-turn. The Centre's Kashmir policy has been unsuccessful till now," party leader D Raja said.

He added an all-party delegation had suggested that the dialogue process start with all sections. "The government did not do it then. Good sense has prevailed. We have to see how it will work now," he said. PTI