Pardeep Singh Bali
The denial of Kashmiri separatists of meeting the members of All Party Delegation (APD) from New Delhi shows that they do not want to see peace in the Kashmir Valley.
The true colour of the separatist leaders was exposed at the moment, when they denied meeting all party delegation led by Home Minister-Rajnath Singh.
“These separatists have been exploiting the sentiments of the people in Kashmir on the name of region and religion. They were never honest with their efforts. If they had been sincere with their endeavor, they would have welcomed the APD delegation,” said political observer, Dr Gautam, adding “They (separatists) and the common people in Kashmir know that talks are the only way out to the lingering impasse, but they did not agree to talk to APD shows that they were apprehensive that center would have some peace resolution and if once people of Kashmir got convinced with the proposal of the center, their shops of exploiting Kashmiris will be closed.”
He further said the reluctance of the Hurriyat leaders will plunge the entire region again in cycle of violence.
“The people in Kashmir, who are already fed up with month long confinements and strikes, had expectations from these talks, but the denial on the part of separatists dashed their hopes as well,” said observer.
He said that these separatist leaders are being pampered by the previous governments, but BJP will not succumb to their pressure and if they are dreaming that by denying meeting the APD leaders, they will pressurize center, then they are wrong, because center will now become more conditional with talks.
Pertinently, four MPs – Sitaram Yechury (CMP), D Raja (CPI), Sarad Yadav (JD-U) and Jay Prakash Yadav (RJD) – to land uninvited at locked doors of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and in return get humiliation for self, their party, their support base and perhaps even for the democratic institution they represent, the Parliament, had warranted that Home Minister makes Government of India’s position clear to all concerned.
What Rajnath spoke was broadly reflective of the mood of the nation. First, contrast Home Minister saying that not just the doors but ventilators of government of India is open for talks for those who want a peaceful resolution within framework of democratic and constitutional norms with a shut main door at Geelani residence telling two leftist leaders, Yechury and Raja, and two Yadav leaders of ruling combine in Bihar that their presence were unwelcome or undesired.
The message was loud and clear that centre does not want any engagement with separatist Hurriyat. It is in no mood to oblige by giving them undue importance by taking the peaceniks and liberals line of come whatever may, we should try and talk with the separatist under the garb of engaging with all stakeholders.
He also gave clear indications that the centre was in no mood to talk to Pakistan. “Don’t take it outside of the country, there are many in the country with whom we can talk,” HM said during press conference.
Given the current stated position of Government of India, separatist Hurriyat holds no relevance in terms of engagement, the four MPs heading to Geelani’s house and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi heading to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had thought of making headlines as the biggest peaceniks, some nice looking photos over tea was a bonus. Their sullen faces did get media attention. They would never forget the insulting treatment they got from their hosts. It should serve as a lesson to others as well.
Pardeep Singh Bali