Sinha Group Urges GOI to Operationalise Its Positive Statements

Srinagar—With the Centre's hard stance on all things Kashmir gradually softening, as is evident from Union Home Ministers willingness for talks and BJP leaderships recent overtures, the Yashwant Sinha-led ‘Concerned Citizens Group’ Monday issued a statement expressing hope that these statements are not just hot air.

The group emphasised on how important it is to capitalise on this change of heart.

Here's what the statement says:

"The Concerned Citizens Group from across India, has read with much hope the statements of the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the BJP leadership on a positive change in policy towards Kashmir's citizens, as have many Kashmiris.

While looking forward to a concrete follow up, we would like to suggest that in order to operationalise the well-intentioned statements that have so eloquently been made, it is now necessary for the government to clearly identify the stakeholders, announce the name of an authorised interlocutor, set a timeframe for the beginning and conduct of the dialogue process and start it as soon as possible.

Despite deep skepticism that has taken hold of their minds, the encouraging statements by the PM, HM and others hold promise for the Kashmiris. The present opportunity should not be wasted. And, therefore, it is our fervent appeal to the government to quickly act definitively on the sentiments expressed in a time-bound manner."


Yashwant Sinha, former foreign and finance minister

Wajahat Habibullah, former chairman Minorities Commission

Manish Tewari, former minister of I&B

Nirupama Rao, former foreign secretary

Kapil Kak, air-vice marshal (retired),

V. Balachandran, former special secretary, Govt of India

Badri Raina, writer & academic

Ramachandra Guha, historian & political commentator

Zoya Hasan, professor of political science

Bharat Bhushan, editor, Catch News

John Dayal, social sctivist

Sushobha Barve, executive secretary, Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation

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