January 2008 News

Book Blames Politicians For Turmoil In J&K

14 January 2008
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: Commercialisation of politics and dubious role played by '’mainstream politicians'’ had greatly contributed to political turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir, according to a book. The book '’Kashmir in War and Diplomacy' says wrong policies and ambitions of greedy politicians gave birth to militancy in the state in the late 1980s. Failure of political leadership from Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah down to the new crop were the main factors for mass resentment among the people of the state. The situation further deteriorated with the support of external elements to the militancy, says the book written by columnist Zahid G M. The author lambasts Hurriyat leadership’s role, stating these leaders are clueless. The dissensions in separatist leadership were galore and causing hurdles in finding a common approach to the issue. The book is highly critical of the 'dubious role played by some mainstream politicians' that had delayed return of peace and normalcy in the state. It also lists role of 'desperadoes from outside' for disturbing peace and tranquility of the state. 'Desperadoes from outside had disturbed peace and tranquility of this great abode of love and peace. The Land of sages and servants had been despoiled by raiders in the past,' the author says. The author in the 230-page book feels that India and Pakistan appear serious in finding an amicable solution to the long-standing Kashmir issue. 'The two countries have to depart from their stated positions and procrastination for ushering in lasting peace in the region. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is sincere in his approach to build bridges of friendship with Pakistan. 'If the two countries, which fought three wars in the last sixty years on Jammu and Kashmir, reach a final settlement it would usher in an era of peace, prosperity and development in the region.' The book presents a lucid account of latest political scenario in troubled Jammu and Kashmir and points out the causes that contribute to complexity of the problem that bedeviled Indo-Pak relations. It identifies both external and internal factors that were responsible for birth of militancy in the State. There is an urgent need to give required push and impetus to the bilateral talks that got stalled due to political instability in Pakistan and several other developments in the region, the author suggests. The two countries should ensure to arrive at a consensus on the Kashmir issue, which is seen by many as legacy of partition. (UNI)

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