Omar’s autonomy talk

Omar’s autonomy talk
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Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and vice-president of National Conference Omar Abdullah has once again started talking about restoring autonomy in J&K.
“The root of the Kashmir problem lies in its troubled politics and it could not be solved without a political engagement,” Omar said.
He has claimed that the erosion of Jammu Kashmir’s autonomy, which was granted to the state at the time of its accession to the Indian Union, made its people angry.
Omar has a point but the question is how many people are ready to accept Omar Abdullah’s autonomy proposal. New Delhi has already ruled out the possibility of autonomy being restored. On the other hand people in Jammu and Ladakh regions have always maintained that they have got nothing to do with the autonomy.
Many people in Kashmir are also not interested in the autonomy bogey being raised by the National Conference. Governor Satya Pal Malik has already stated that mainstream parties should concentrate on governance and need to stay away from the bigger issues.
Omar has raised the autonomy bogey but the timing seems inappropriate. Prevailing situation in the Valley, especially in south Kashmir, is far from normal. Right now no one wants to enter into any sort of a dialogue. People sitting in New Delhi don’t want to even talk about the historical perspective of the Kashmir. Omar’s theory that Jammu and Kashmir is not like other Indian states has no takers in New Delhi at this point of time. Centre has made it clear that J&K has to be treated at par with the other states. Even the efforts are being made to do away with the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. New Delhi’s priority at present is to restore normalcy in the state without political parties in the state.