Radha Kumar Slams BJP Over Its Muscular Policy On Kashmir

SRINAGAR — Former Kashmir Interlocutor, Radha Kumar, has slammed the BJP over its muscular policy focused “on anti-insurgency campaign” in Kashmir and stated that dialogue “was the only way” to resolve the issue.

She regretted that BJP lacks interest in dialogue and was keen about “security centric approach” focused on resolving “Kashmir through military means and alienating minorities particularly Muslims in the rest of India.”
Radha told a local news agency that “four years have elapsed but despite the appointment of an interlocutor from security intelligence background dialogue is nowhere visible on ground.”

She said, “After the appointment of a new interlocutor we expected him to reach out to those who did not talk to us but all the expectations have been belied as only counter militancy operations are visible on ground and dialogue is nowhere visible in any part of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Former Interlocutor added, “Two of my colleagues approached home ministry with the recommendations submitted by us to UPA government and one of my former colleagues late Dileep Padgaonkar was assured that government will look into our report and call us for a discussion. Neither were we called nor the report was discussed and we knew it that the members of saffron party in power torched the copies of our reports under broad day light.”

She rued that the incumbent BJP government at the centre has blocked “all channels of dialogue with both the separatists and as well as Pakistan.”

Kumar said, “a muscular approach focused on anti-militancy operations won’t bring peace to Jammu and Kashmir. Forget about dialogue army does not show any concern for the human rights and public cooperation which was given emphasis during the UPA government headed by Manmohan Singh.”

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