Bullets no solution

Bullets no solution
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again reiterated that bullets are no solution to Kashmir problem and it can only be resolved by embracing people of the state.
The PM Modi has repeated what he had said during his I-Day speech in 2017 that bullets are no solution to Kashmir. His assertion has rekindled hopes that situation in the Valley may improve and the Government of India may look for ways and means to diffuse the tension in Kashmir.
Since the day BJP led government has come into power in New Delhi it has maintained that J&K is an integral part of India and no negotiations can be held over it. So one thing is clear that even if the New Delhi hold talks with any section of the society for that parameters would be defined. As far as other confidence building measures are concerned these could only be taken if situation improves.
In his speech on the 72nd Independence Day PM Modi invoked the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee saying, “Atalji called for ”insaniyat” (humanity), ”Kashmiriat” (eclectic Kashmiri culture) and ”jamhooriyat (democracy). “
Peoples Democratic Party shared power with the BJP for nearly three and a half years. The PDP used to claim that it had joined hands with the BJP with a hope that PM Modi led government would follow Vajpayee’s doctrine. The PDP kept on invoking Vajpayee till it was in power but didn’t define former Prime Minister Vajpayee’s doctrine.
The PM Modi during his I-Day speech defined Vajpayee’s doctrine in three words without adding or subtracting anything to it. He hinted what PDP was selling was nothing more than a rhetoric.
The bottom line is that attempts of New Delhi to rope in Kashmiri leaders for talks have not yielded any positive results. Only time will tell how PM Modi will embrace the Kashmiris to break the ice and march forward.