We also mishandled Kashmir: Chidambaram

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Srinagar: Congress leader and former Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said that he has found a solution to the Kashmir crises -India should assure the people of Kashmir that the grand bargain promised during the time of Kashmir’s accession would be honoured.

In an interview to a national TV channel, Chidambaram blamed both the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir governments for the current unrest in the Valley and warned that the situation in the region will worsen if the BJP-PDP combine don’t take resurrective measures immediately.

“I think their approach is wrong. We have ignored the grand bargain under which Kashmir acceded to India. I think we broke faith, we broke promises and therefore we have paid a heavy price,” he said.

“We look at Kashmir as an issue of land, but it’s a problem of people instead. Let the people of Kashmir frame their laws within the ambit of the Constitution. We have to assure that we will respect identity, history, culture, religion,” he said.

Accepting that the situation in Kashmir has been mishandled by successive governments including the UPA, Chidambaram said: “We did mishandle, but we corrected ourselves in 2010, since then governments didn’t follow-up. Now, both the governments in New Delhi and Srinagar mishandled the situation very badly.”

Chidambaram said that Kashmir needs a unique political solution but the ruling PDP-BJP alliance is itself a grave provocation for the valley.

The former home minister admitted that he could not push forward a proposal for withdrawal of AFSPA from parts of the state as he could not convince the defence establishment and political leadership.   

‘Modi’s 56-inch chest now just 2 inches’

NEW DELHI: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav Thursday questioned Prime Minister Modi’s silence on Kashmir unrest.

“Pakistan’s flag is being hoisted in Kashmir everyday. Why is the prime minister silent? His 56 inch chest is now limited to 2 inches,” Lalu Prasad Yadav said.

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