Extraordinary measures needed for bringing peace

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Situation in Kashmir calls for extraordinary measures, not just deployment of more security forces. During the last five days, 32 people, including a police officer, have been killed and 1,500 injured, at least half of them security men. There is no indication that things are returning to normalcy. Far from that, there is a clear disconnect between the PDP-BJP government and people in the Kashmir Valley.
Chief Minister’s appeal did not have the desired effect, though she tried to appeal to the parental instincts of the people. One should also not forget the efforts being made by Pakistan to exploit the situation to its advantage. One
thing which people in Kashmir never
forget are the concepts of Insaaniyat, Jamhooriyat and Kashmiriyat (Humanity, Democracy and Kashmiri identity) that then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee sought to promote.
His predecessor PV Narasimha Rao had sent a delegation to Geneva to counter Pakistani propaganda against human rights violations in the Valley. And that delegation consisted among others Vajpayee and Farooq Abdullah. The message inherent in the composition of the delegation was clear. There may be differences among the people on all political issues but when it comes to protecting the integrity of India, they have just one voice.
Now is the time for such an approach. All political parties, including the BJP, the PDP, National Conference and the Congress, should join hands to take a united stance. While there can be no compromise on terrorism, everything should be done to win the confidence of the people. For instance, the Hurriyat represents a section and it cannot be kept sulking on the sidelines.
Not all the Hurriyat leaders are secessionists and they need to be won over. Solution to the Kashmir problem may not be easy but there should be no slackening in the efforts to achieve it. An
all-out bid to restore peace and tranquility is the imperative.

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