PM To Hold Next Kashmir Roundtable In May
20 March 2006
The Indian Express
New Delhi: To bring Kashmir leaders together for talks at the next roundtable, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said he would visit Srinagar in May. Taking a decision to personally attend this round-table, Singh indicated that all groups willing to give constructive suggestions were welcome. He said this today during the Padma awards presentation ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan. 'We are willing to talk to everybody and listen to every section of public opinion,' said Singh, indicating that he would 'talk to Omar Abdullah' on his recent comments about time running out for the peace process. The last roundtable held in the State was not quite a success considering that it was boycotted by the Hurriyat, JKLF and other groups that had been invited. Singh also said leader of the Opposition L K Advani's proposed yatra was likely to create unnecessary tension. 'Law and order machinery, which is a state subject, will cope up with it. I sincerely believe that this type of yatra at times create unnecessary tension in our country,' he said. Malayalam filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Infosys CEO and president Nandan Nilekani and activist Nirmala Deshpande were among the 42 Padma awardees. Cardiologist Uprendra Kaul, TCS chief S Ramadorai, aviator Vijaypat Sighania received the Padma Bhushan. HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh and tennis star Sania Mirza received the Padmashri and actor A K Hangal received the Padma Vibhushan.