Interlocutor’s talks with Kashmir groups break the ice – but that’s about it

Because the root of the problem lies elsewhere -- and radicalisation is on the rise

ajay

Ajay Singh | November 15, 2017 | New Delhi


#Kashmir   #terrorism   #Pakistan   #home ministry   #Dineshwar Singh   #Hurriyat  


After a series of consultations with various groups in Jammu and Kashmir during his visit of the state last week, the union government’s designated interlocutor and former intelligence bureau (IB) chief Dineshwar Sharma returned to Delhi and is briefing the union home ministry this week about the developments.

And there are enough straws in the wind to suggest that Sharma’s talks may have broken the ice on Kashmir with various interested groups but have fallen far short of generating “over-optimism” in the home ministry. In fact, those dealing with the security issues in Kashmir point out that it would not bring any material change in the situation.

“It would be naïve to expect an interlocutor to resolve as complex an issue as Kashmir,” points out a senior functionary of the government. At the same time, Sharma’s appointment as interlocutor is seen as a move to put across the message that the government was not averse to talking to any interested group, including separatists like Hurriyat. The fact that Hurriyat chose to ignore the initiative would be touted as hardening of position by the Hurriyat leadership and its aversion to talks.

Alongside the new initiative on Jammu and Kashmir, the union government is determined to continue with its hard-nosed strategy of dealing with the militancy in toughest measures. The government sees “no contradiction” in its approach in so far as Kashmir is concerned.

Highly placed sources say that the security forces and the army were directed to launch an all-out offensive against local and foreign militants pushed inside India by Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistani army. They point out that though India’s offensive against the militancy in the valley has been highly successful, Pakistan has simultaneously intensified its activity to foment the trouble in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We know it too well that the root of the problem lies in Pakistan,” says an official of the home ministry which is keen to pursue a “pragmatic and not emotional approach” to the problem. “You see, you cannot wish the Kashmir problem can be solved until Pakistan gives up its policy of funding, radicalising, arming a section of youth in the valley and pushing militants from across the border in the name of religion,” he says, adding that ground realities in Kashmir were quite ominous to expect peace in the state.

A SWOT – strength, weakness, opportunities and threat – analysis of the Kashmir situation, made by the home minister, is indicative of the fact that despite India’s high alert on the border, the Pakistan army keeps on pushing militants through the porous gaps in the border. However, unlike the past when foreign militants had a longer life, the average life of such militants is drastically reduced to weeks. For instance, the recent killing of Talha Rasheed, nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, is only the latest in a long list of foreign militants liquidated by the army in the last year or so.

But what appears to be causing concern is the fact that despite India’s aggressive moves and patrolling along the border, Pakistan seems equally determined to stoke fires in the valley. Though the BSF has been upgrading the technology to monitor the border, infiltrations have continued. “It will take another four to five years to use technology effectively to seal the border completely,” officials of the home ministry say.

At the same time, the home ministry has also directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to squeeze the funds funneled to insurgents through hawala networks. The NIA launched a series of raids in the recent past to unearth the source of funding for separatists routed through various sources. “We have seized crores of rupees meant for separatists,” say official sources.

Another front that the home ministry has been dealing with is the increasing radicalisation in the valley. “It is growing by the day,” they point out. Authorities are making efforts to mainstream a large section of society by initiating local recruitment in security forces and taking up various programmes of social interactions across the country. “But these antidotes are far inadequate to meet the enormous challenge,” officials point out.

Dineshwar Sharma’s initiative, though fully backed by the union government, is unlikely to make a substantive breakthrough in Jammu and Kashmir. His position is already questioned by mainstream political parties and their leaders since he is a retired police officer. Though the home ministry gave a full mandate to Sharma to carry out the negotiations, the entire exercise is unlikely to create more than an optical illusion in Kashmir.


[This article appeared on FirstPost.com]
 

Comments

 

Other News

A fairly reasonable way to solve problems, personal and global

Reason to Be Happy: Why logical thinking is the key to a better life By Kaushik Basu Torva/Transworld, 224 pages

Is Nano-DAP a Catalyst for India’s Green Growth?

Nano Diammonium Phosphate, or Nano-DAP, is a revolutionary agricultural input that holds immense potential for transforming farming practices across varied agro-climatic zones in India. This innovative product is a nanoparticle-based formulation of diammonium phosphate, a widely used fertilizer in the agri

“Everyone, especially every woman, should’ve liberty of being themselves”

In February this year, yet another glass ceiling was broken, when Captain Shweta Singh became the first woman chief flight operations inspector (CFOI) at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Back then, in a social media post, Captain Singh had written: “The opportunity humbles me

India’s first home-grown gene therapy for cancer launched

President of India Droupadi Murmu launched India’s first home-grown gene therapy for cancer at IIT Bombay here on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the launch of India’s first gene therapy is a major breakthrough in our battle against cancer. As this lin

The Women of My Country: The Other Half?

1700 in 70: A Walk for a Cause By Gita Balakrishnan Rupa Publications, Rs 595, 208 pages At fifty-three, Git

Cultural Nationalism in India: Explained by Ram Madhav

The Hindutva Paradigm: Integral Humanism and the Quest for a Non-Western Worldview By Ram Madhav Rupa Publications, Rs 395, 440 pages Dr R

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Linkedin Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter