Veteran Journalist Kuldip Nayar Flays Modi Govt’s Handling of Kashmir; Urges Full Autonomy For State

“India does not want another Partition as it will have disastrous consequences in the country. The Kashmir issue can be solved by granting full autonomy to the state within the country,” Nayar emphasized.

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Security forces patrol the streets of Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kuldip Nayar, who had also been the part of back-channel diplomacy between India and Pakistan, asserted that the government’s Kashmir policy is flawed and the problem cannot be solved by using force only. “The Government must open channels of dialogue with all stakeholders. It may confront problems in this regard but it must continue the dialogue process,” he told Caravan Daily.

Abdul Bari Masoud | Caravan Daily

NEW DELHI —  As opposition parties are gearing up to hold a conclave on Jammu and Kashmir for bringing peace and normalcy in the state, veteran journalist and peace activist Kuldip Nayar has criticized the handling of the situation in Kashmir by the Modi Government.  He, however, is of the view that the solution to the Kashmir problem can be found within the framework of Indian Constitution “by granting full autonomy to the state under the Indian sovereignty”.

Meanwhile, the BJP, which is leading government at the center and also a coalition partner in the Jammu and Kashmir, has been strongly opposing the proposed Kashmir conclave in which the opposition is planning to initiate dialogue with Kashmiri separatists as well.

Kuldip Nayar, who had also been the part of back-channel diplomacy between India and Pakistan, asserted that the government’s Kashmir policy is flawed and the problem cannot be solved by using force only. “The Government must open channels of dialogue with all stakeholders. It may confront problems in this regard but it must continue the dialogue process,” he told Caravan Daily.

“India does not want another Partition as it will have disastrous consequences in the country. The Kashmir issue can be solved by granting full autonomy to the state within the country,” he reiterated.

Veteran journalist and former Indian envoy to UK Kuldip Nayar.

He said that New Delhi cannot accept “what the agitating boys want Kashmir to be — an independent sovereign Islamic republic”.

Referring to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement that only Prime Minister Narendra Modi can solve Kashmir problem, he said, “This government should be given more time”.

On the meeting between Prime Minister and NC leader and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, Nayar said it is good “but Farooq Abdullah has now been talking only about Muslims”.

He asserted: “Kashmir is a political problem–not a Muslim or religious problem so Farooq Abdullah should avoid talking in communal terms. When you refer to Muslims again and again that creates doubts in the minds of Hindus here.”

Nayar criticized the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik and Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah “for changing their stand on the Kashmir problem”.

“Earlier both the leaders were in favor of autonomy for J&K under the Indian sovereignty but now they want complete independence from India”, he added.

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