If Necessary Steps Were Not Taken On Kashmir, India Will Lose It In Next 10 years: Radha Kumar

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7:02 pm 30 Nov, 2015

India could lose the Kashmir valley in the next 10 years unless a serious effort is made to resolve the situation, Radha Kumar, a former interlocutor on Jammu & Kashmir for the Indian government, warned at the Times LitFest, Delhi on Sunday.

Kumar, who now heads a think-tank, Delhi Policy Group, made the remark while speaking at the opening session — ‘Kashmir Today: Towards an Indian Future?’

Other members of the panel included Rakesh Sood, former Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, France and Nepal, and A S Dulat, former RAW chief and Kashmir advisor in A B Vajpayee’s administration.

She said the situation in Kashmir has progressively deteriorated.

 

“The government doesn’t seem to be working, and little of the common minimum program has been implemented.”

According to Kumar the only time there has been forward movement in Kashmir was when both Pakistan and the Kashmiris have been involved in negotiations.

This was the case when General Musharraf was in office in Pakistan.

Kumar said that civil society discussions between India and Kashmiris through the back channel put the pressure on Musharraf.

A.S Dulat, former RAW chief and Kashmir advisor in A B Vajpayee’s administration also felt that no forward movement is possible without the involvement of Pakistan.

All panelists felt that engagement with Pakistan and with the Kashmiris must not grind to a halt.

“The Kashmiri understands his future is with India. We need to give him a chance,” remarked Dulat.


Rakesh Sood, former Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, France and Nepal said that while militancy and separatist tendencies might have come down, there still remains plenty of alienation and resentment, and growing radicalization.

“We need to address all this with greater urgency.”

On Twitter, Radha Kumar faced lot of criticism for her comment on Kashmir.

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