Talks offer again

Talks offer again
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has again said that the Government of India is ready for dialogue with “everyone” on Kashmir issue.
Just a few months ago Rajnath Singh during his visit to Srinagar had said that GoI is ready to talk to “right minded people” in Jammu and Kashmir. At that point of time PDP and BJP were sharing power in J&K. PDP described Singh’s dialogue offer as “golden opportunity” for the separatists and advised them to grab it. But no dialogue took place as New Delhi did not spell out the contours of the dialogue process.
It was after a longtime that separatists did not reject the talks offer outrightly and asked New Delhi to clear the terms of the dialogue process. Before Delhi could clear the air the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir fell apart and it led to the talks getting buried.
Now the Union Home Minister has once again renewed the talks offer. He has again said that GoI is ready to talk to everyone on Kashmir issue. But one wonders what GoI wants to talk as New Delhi on many occasions has made it clear that J&K is an integral part of India and talks have to be held within the ambit of the constitution. The million dollar question is would the stakeholders in Kashmir ever accept the offer which has limited scope?
The GoI, last year, had appointed former director of the Intelligence Bureau Dineshwar Sharma as its representative to hold talks with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sharma held several rounds of dialogue with representatives of different groups, civil society members and individuals but he didn’t meet any of the separatist leaders as they refused to meet him. Since the day Governor’s rule has been imposed in the state Sharma has taken a back seat and the dialogue process has come to a halt. Now it remains to be seen whether the exercise will take off again or its just a statement which would fizzle out along with the passage of time.