Ball in New Delhi’s court

Ball in New Delhi’s court
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Kashmir’s Joint Resistance Leadership comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have put the ball in New Delhi’s court by announcing that they are ready for talks but Delhi should first explain the contours of the parleys.
The JRL by not rejecting the talks offer has silenced the critics who wait for a chance to castigate them for being rigid. Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik by showing their willingness to hold a dialogue has put New Delhi in a tight spot.
Now New Delhi would have to make a move and has to prove to that talks offer was not just a statement. People sitting in Delhi would have to prove their sincerity by holding unconditional talks with the Kashmiri leaders then only the process can move ahead.
The hardliners sitting in the national capital would never allow the Government of India (GoI) to go ahead with the talks process unconditionally. There are many people sitting in Delhi who don’t want to talk to separatists as they have created a notion that only elected representatives can represent the people.
It’s after a long time that separatists have responded positively to the talks offer. This has provided New Delhi with an opportunity to restart the process which had come to a halt.
Many people believe that if New Delhi makes a sincere effort there is every possibility about peace returning to the Valley and things being put back on the track. Delhi has to show flexibility and accept the ground realities rather than treating Kashmir as a law and order problem. Lot can be achieved if New Delhi gives up its stubborn approach and sets the ball rolling.