We trust you
Dear Sinha Ji'
People of Kashmir are aware that you have a comprehensive knowledge of the events that led to the conflict in Jammu & Kashmir. It will be a repeat of the narrative that you yourself will articulate with more efficiency if, the whole saga of unfortunate times is reiterated. There are however crucial junctures people encounter in reaching out for a peace process that worry the local population to cross. We request you to diverge from the view that violence and force is home grown in Kashmir. Your good offices and the sincere efforts of erstwhile Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee did not translate the peace agenda into reality.
This problem was rooted in initial stages when an imminent solution of a plebiscite was agreed by the whole world including India and Pakistan but stalled because Pakistan did not withdraw all its forces unilaterally. The obstacles come from outside Kashmir while at the same time people in Jammu & Kashmir are allowed to suffer for no fault of theirs.
Notwithstanding the fact that Prime Minister Modi has shown earnest desire to promote peace and reconciliation in Kashmir. Efforts in that direction only hurt the sentiments of people when material help is offered for better survival or progress in education and basic needs. What is it they want? Was a statement made by a senior minister who visited Kashmir? What answer was expected of people? It was perceived as an affront to their dignity that sacrifices they made with their lives and their objectives are not even understood. Their aspirations that look for long term security and life with pride for a future and the best chances of happiness for their children are not understood. Their understanding of present are based on experiences that drifted from 1947 military interventions initiated with no legal sanctions like splitting apart their independent country, extended periods of embedded armies within their home resulting in unwarranted occupation. This train of injustice meted out to them was followed by punishments to their persons and national assets. The shape of physical and mental damage to their young and old and women and men alike are too gruesome to describe.
Sir, in order for Kashmir not to be a bone of contention in the subcontinent, and for it not to be a liability and burden on the ever progressing India, we need to lessen our stronghold on territorial outlook and give space to the people to enjoy life as freehold title-holders. In circumstances of instability with unfettered trespassing of their backyard their life becomes a nightmare. Jammu and Kashmir is a composite assembly of various nations and at the end of the day everyone individual and their families will need to be brought on board and an overall package formulated. On many occasions before a segmental referendum was suggested for each locality to govern for themselves. This is a complex paradigm and cannot be a part of this discourse but suffice it say that people have great hopes in your efforts and on this sacred day, pray that you succeed. Aameen