Militancy in Kashmir now has a new face: Tarigami

Srinagar: MLA Kulgam and CPI (M) State Secretary M Y Tarigami has said the unrest in Kashmir is a reflection of “a much deeper sense of alienation” from India.

Stating that militancy in Kashmir now has got a new face, Tarigami told the CPI-M journal “People’s Democracy” that the slogan of ‘azadi’ (independent Kashmir), has a huge attraction.

“Islamisation is taking place. Pakistan’s appeal is also increasing. Until now this was not so. Militants now have much wider support,” he was quoted as saying.

Tarigami suggested the only way to come out of the present crisis is the path of dialogue. “The dialogue has to involve all the forces at the national level and all the stakeholders in the state level. At the same time, dialogue with Pakistan is necessary.”

He said it is a question of assuaging Kashmiris’ feeling of being under occupation and being discriminated against. “It will need a huge, concerted and creative effort. Unfortunately, the present government at the Centre does not give much room for hope,” he said.

He accused the successive governments in New Delhi of neglecting the Kashmir problem, he said. 

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