As Kashmir burns, Delhi goes into damage control mode

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Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Mar 27: The Government of India seems to have taken a serious note about youth joining the militant ranks in the Valley.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, who chaired a security review meeting here, on Monday stressed on the security agencies to ensure that youth stay away from taking up the arms. “Efforts should be put to stop the local youth from joining the militant outfits so that militancy is curbed. And the local youth should be exposed to the outer world,” Gauba reportedly told the top officials.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “It seems that Delhi has realized that if Kashmiri youth are not stopped from joining the militant ranks it can emerge as a big threat.”
He said, “If Delhi fails to address concerns of the youth in Kashmir it can snowball into a major confrontation and lead to nineties like situation. The BJP led government in the Centre is being accused of messing up Kashmir.”
Former Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Dr Manmohan Singh recently launched a scathing attack at the PM Modi led government at the Centre.
The 85-year-old leader said, “The government mismanaged Jammu and Kashmir dispute like never before. The atmosphere in the state is deteriorating day by day.”
An observer said that as the days are passing and 2019 is coming near the BJP led NDA government is trying it best to “undo the wrongs” which have been done during the past three years. “PM Modi led government is about to complete four years in the office and the fifth year would be the election year. PM Modi led government would have to act before the poll bugle is sounded,” he added.
He said that Kashmir being pushed to edge and uncertainty on the borders could go against the BJP led government. “Either the Centre has to go for a war or it would have to look for the options to restore peace in Kashmir. At present the Government of India has almost convinced the international community that militancy has been sponsored by Pakistan and foreign militants are active in Kashmir. Local youth joining the militant ranks could put GoI in tight spot as it would substantiate the claim of Pakistan that militancy in Kashmir is dominated by the local youth,” the observer added.
A politician said that in coming days New Delhi may announce new schemes for youth and may try to engage them in various activities. “ People in New Delhi know it very well that situation deteriorating in Kashmir and on the borders can go against it in the long run and Congress would leave no stone unturned to mock at BJP’s failure to handle Kashmir,” he added.