Reflect On Misery Caused To People: J&K Guv To Separatists25 January 2010
The Economic Times
Srinagar: J&K governor N N Vohra on Monday said the nation’s liberal democratic process provides ample space for divergent thought and opinion and, hence, conciliation and dialogue are the best means of resolving all issues. He asked separatists to pursue the democratic path for the resolution of their demands. “We must bring to an early end this unfortunate phase of agitation and confrontations,” Mr Vohra said in his Republic Day-eve broadcast. An erstwhile interlocutor on Kashmir, Mr Vohra urged separatists to seriously reflect on the untold losses suffered by the people in the past years and recognise the futility of continuing on the path of confrontation. “All those who hold contrary beliefs should come forward to participate in a meaningful dialogue,” he said. Complimenting the people for their robust participation in parliamentary elections, which were held last year soon after the assembly polls, the governor said that large-scale participation of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in both these elections signified their abiding faith and commitment to democracy and their yearning for the state being restored to lasting peace and normalcy. Asserting that J&K has centuries’ old pluralistic ethos, Mr Vohra said there is an urgent need for re-invigorating and strengthening bonds between communities to foil the divisive designs of elements inimical to the unity and integrity of the state. The three regions, he said, comprise one organic whole and the surest path to grow and prosper would be for each of the three regions to develop and prosper in complete harmony with each other. The governor suggested the government would need to ensure equitable distribution, particularly addressing inter-regional and intra-regional concerns to secure balanced development of J&K’s all parts. He sought special attention for people residing in remote, far-flung and backward areas and speeding up the pace of identified projects which are aimed to serve the interests of Gujjars, Bakarwals, Pahari speaking people, members of SC, ST and other minority groups and a suitable environment would need to be created to enable the return of the Kashmiri Pandit migrants.