India nearly lost Kashmir, Army Chief's remark last straw: Chidambaram

India nearly lost Kashmir, Army Chief's remark last straw: Chidambaram

He said seven million persons of Kashmir valley felt alienated by the oppressive methods of the Indian government, which was a “terrible” mistake.

Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday said that he had a sinking feeling that India has nearly lost Kashmir because New Delhi used brute force to quell dissent there during 2016 uprising triggered by July 8 killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.

Chidambaram said feared the situation would worsen if the Centre did not take up course correction like what was done by the Cabinet Committee on security in 2010, The Hindu reported.

Addressing a meeting organised by Manthan, a public discourse platform, he said that the graph of violence rapidly declined after that, but it grew at an alarming rate now.

He said seven million persons of Kashmir valley felt alienated by the oppressive methods of the Indian government, which was a “terrible” mistake. 

“The statement of Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat that anyone who interfered with defence operations would be treated as anti-national was the last straw,” the report quoted Chidambaram as saying.