SRINAGAR: Member of Parliament G.N. Ratanpuri Friday demanded that Government of India should revisit its Kashmir policy.
While participating in the special debate on the occasion of ‘World Womens Day’, he said that Whenever there was an optimistic atmosphere in Jammu & Kashmir and people looked forward to a new chapter of peace, harmony and cordial relations with the Centre something from New Delhi derails the whole process and the atmosphere of mistrust, desperation and helplessness takes over.
He referred to the use of pepper spray by women for their own protection and told the House that how ironical was it that in his state (J&K) pepper grenades are used against women.
He said that thousands of men have died in Jammu & Kashmir in the last 22 years and they have left behind much larger numbers their sisters, their daughters, their mothers and their wives to suffer for rest of their lives.
He told the House that Jammu & K has larger percentage of destitute women and appealed all the members of the House to try and feel the pain of Kashmir. He said that a needle prick in any part sends a signal of pain throughout the body and how come that “Atoot Ang” of the nation bleeds and the nation cannot feel the pain. He said that an influential section of establishment in Delhi has a say in Kashmir affairs, this section has personal interests and personal scores to settle and their opinion can more often than not be biased.
He demanded that this section should be disassociated from Kashmir affairs even if it was on an experimental basis. He expected that such a move will definitely yield positive results. He reminded the House that some foreign travelers and foreign rulers have made derogatory remarks about the people of Kashmir in their travelogues and memoirs. One observation is that Kashmiris should be beaten like cotton repeatedly to make them soft as cotton is softened by repeated beating. That was the case when Kashmir was a colony. Let us tell everybody that Kashmir was not a colony and it is a part of the world’s largest democracy. Let us treat Kashmir as any other part of the country and every Kashmiri as any other citizen of India, the member said.
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