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Home Minister in Kashmir - In search of “ right minded people .”







By B L Saraf







Home Minister (HM ) Rajnath Singh has concluded his visit to Jammu and Kashmir . He reviewed security situation , both along the border and the hinter land . The visit has a significance as it comes post Ramdhan cease fire declaration whereby security forces were asked not to go for the militants . What laid before HM in Kashmir is quite obvious . However , it will be watched with interest what he intends to put on the table to find a way ahead .
We expect HM to put a seal on series of moves Centre has initiated to see peace returning the Valley . He has gone through the report prepared by the security forces on the prevailing situation . The report , presumably , has positive indications which , if evaluated dispassionately and then acted upon with a little bit of imagination , should provide a foundation on which relationship of trust can be build on . Such relationship, based on regard for genuine problems of the people and respect for human rights , is a must for ensuring peace and tranquility in the State . It is encouraging to note , the report reveals that suspension of operations against the militants during Ramdhan has been ‘ a great success .’ Security forces seek extension of truce beyond Ramdhan . According to the report “ the cease fire has eased the hardships of the people and brought daily killings to a halt .”
Some may say anecdotal evidence suggests contrary . It matters least how far does this report depict exact picture . What really matters is how do the security force see a scenario developing . We feel encouraged on the score . It is good omen that Army General is also talking of the possibility of extending truce after Ramdhan .
The security assessment comes at a time when young Kashmiris have started asking questions to the Hurriyat leader about the dichotomy in their politics and polices . This development may provide an opening to the Centre to initiate a dialogue with the Hurriyat which , too , has shown interest in such an engagement .
Home Minister was in Kashmir previous year, also , when he stressed on the utilization of 5 Cs to address the problem . He outlined them as : Compassion , Communication , Confidence Building Measure , Co-existence and Consistency . Then , HM had seen “green shoots of peace “ in the Valley which gave him faith that “ the trees of peace had not dried up ” . On his second visit it is incumbent on the HM to show regard for “Consistency “ and ensure the “ greenery of the peace shoots ” turns evergreen . Or else, it will be reduced to a ‘Jumla .’
It appears that H M’s visit was to find ‘ right minded people “ for initiation of peace talks . Mercifully , he has discarded the notion of “ likeminded people “ being his interlocutors . It is not impossible to find the “ right minded people “ in the state , provided we are clear about the definition . Anyone who yearns for peace and is ready to extend hand for its restoration fits into the definition of “ right minded people .” . Hurriayt leadership is now canvassing for peace ; they enjoy confidence of significant section of the populace . They squarely fall in the definition .
The Center’s interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma is in business for some time now , now . HM must have an audit of his work done so far and see whether his effort has helped the peace process to move on . Surly , interlocutor must be in position to find “ right minded people ” in the separatist camp . H M should formally approach them . Their vacant seats around the peace table will render his refrain of talks with “ likeminded people “ only a ‘Jumla ’ .
Kashmir should not be an election issue - nor a Party matter . Every political party has responsibility to relieve local population of the distress . The managers of the BJP must understand that progress of their party in Kashmir will depend on how the Central government redeems itself to the satisfaction of Valley’s populace .
Hurriyat leaders must hear signals coming from a common Kashmiri . While as they have much to explain for their policies and politics , it will be disastrous if there is a dip in their credibility among their followers . In their absence , there will be none to talk to . Hurriyat leaders should do something on their own to save the turf . They must come clear on the extent of their relationship with the gun wielding militants who seem to be unwilling to cede space to any one .
Modi government must bring peace to the Valley . No matter how much success PM notches up elsewhere in the mainland Kashmir will be the Barometer of his success, or otherwise .




(The author is a Former Principal District & Sessions Judge. Feedback- [email protected] )



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