Radha Kumar:‘Shut Down Makes Me Think’


New Delhi: Former Kashmir interlocutor of Govt of India, Prof Radha Kumar Tuesday said that India must think and act over the query why the people of Kashmir observe black day on October 27, the day when Indian Army first time landed in Kashmir in 1947.

“Government of India ought to find out why people of Kashmir have been observing October 27 as black day,” Radha Kumar said. “We have been going in a wrong direction and it is up to us to bring things on the right track.”

Kumar said that instead of creating a peaceful atmosphere, the RSS led BJP leadership has been alienating people of Kashmir by marching in the streets of Jammu.

She said in 1947 people welcomed Indian Army but from past 25 years people have been observing this day as “Black Day”. “It is a million dollar question and Government of India must ponder over it,” adding that during her visit to the Valley, people who met her didn’t raise a finger over the integrity of India.

“I feel it is a Hurriyat sponsored strike and not supported by people,” she said. “People during my visit to Valley did not utter a word about the withdrawal of Indian Army from Kashmir.”

Radha Kumar said that she was surprised to learn that even Deputy Chief Minister, Nirmal Singh and the Speaker Kavinder Gupta participated in the RSS rally in which the participants brandished swords and guns. “By doing so and by taking out such marches you can’t win the heart of Kashmiri people,” she remarked. “This is disgusting and Government of India must think over such development. I fail to understand by taking out such marches what messages these people want to pass.”

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