Srinagar, Jan 8: Senior Congress leaders P Chidambaram slamming the Kashmir policy of the BJP led NDA government has drawn flak as stakeholders want the Congress to answer that despite ruling the country from 2004 to 2014 why didn’t it take any serious steps to resolve the Kashmir imbroglio.
The former home minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram took to twitter on Sunday and wrote: “It was claimed that the hard, muscular, militaristic approach will put an end to infiltration and militancy. Has it?”
Chidambaram quoted statistics to say that the number of civilians and militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir had almost doubled from 28 to 57 and from 110 to 218 from 2014 to 2017 respectively.
The number of force personnel killed had also shot up from 47 to 83 during this period. “If you are one of those who had thought that the hard, muscular, militaristic approach of the government should be given a chance … you may change your view,” Chidambaram wrote.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmirsaid, “Using the muscular power is not the only way out. Military approach can work out to a certain extent but it cannot be dragged beyond a point.”
He said, “People who have been observing Kashmir situation for years together have been advocating talks and dialogue to resolve this vexed issue once for all.”
He said that since the day Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has taken over the reins of the state she has been advocating talks with Pakistan and “Healing Touch” policy for Kashmiri youth. “Even on the 2nd death anniversary of her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Chief Minister reiterated that talks are the only way out and she urged Prime Ministers of both India and Pakistan to give peace a chance.”
A Kashmir watcher said, “Everyone who understands Kashmir has been advocating talks and the resolution of the issues confronting Kashmir.”
Taking a dig at the Congress party for giving sermons after being ousted from the power he said, “Congress shared power in Jammu and Kashmir for 12 years and it remained in power at the Centre for ten years from 2004 to 2014. If Congress leaders were aware of the connotations of the Kashmir issue why did not they take any steps to ensure that Kashmir problem is sorted out. At present they are just playing politics over Kashmir to remain in limelight.”
A politician said, “The ruling PDP is trying its best to convince the BJP led government in New Delhi to soften its stand towards Kashmir and to a great extent the party has succeeded. People sitting in Delhi have realized that using force only cannot yield desire results and the reconciliation is the way out.”