Pardeep Singh Bali
Sensing harsh approach of the center towards separatists in Valley soon after they denied proposal of talks, Jammu and Kashmir Intelligentsia has now expressed willingness for talks, subsequently ending this cycle of violence.
As many as 22 people from intelligentsia including former bureaucrats, Judges and top journalists under the banner of ‘Group of Concerned Citizens’ have dispatched a memorandum to President of India Pranab Mukerji asking him to initiate a dialogue for lasting solution of this violence.
“The abrupt reaction of the intelligentsia class in J&K for dialogue shows that they have perceived that the center is not going to succumb before separatist pressure and the denial of talks on the part of Hurriyat will definitely linger on the present turmoil,” said political observers, adding “These educated strata of the society knows that center will not surrender before separatists and if there is any way out to resolve the present violence in Kashmir, it is dialogue.”
The signatories included Muhammad Shafi Pandit Former Chairman Public Service Commission, Hasnain Masoodi Former Judge J&K High Court, G R Sufi Former Chief Information Commissioner, Abdul Wahid Former Vice-Chancellor Kashmir University and Founder Vice Chancellor Central University Kashmir, Hashmatullah Khan Former Vice Chancellor SKUAST University, Fayaz A Kaloo Editor-in-Chief, Greater Kashmir, Masood Hussain Artist, Rafiq Masoodi Former Additional Director General, Doordarshan, Munshi Ghulam Hassan Former Chairman J&K Bank, Reyaz Ahmed Jan Former Advocate General, Mhuhammad Zaman Azurda Professor, Former Dean & Head, Faculty of Arts, Nusrat Andrabi Professor, Former Principal Government College Nawakadal, Anuradha Bhasin Executive Editor Kashmir Times, Feroz Ahmad Former Commissioner/Secretary to Government, A R Khan Former Member State Human Rights Commission, Isfandayar Khan Former District Development Commissioner, Syed Noor-Ul-Hassan Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, GH Kangu Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, G H Rather Former Development Commissioner Power, Gazala Noor Amin Entrepreneur, Krishan Lal Entrepreneur and GD Bakshi Progressive Farmer.
Political observers further maintained that such a decision on the part of intelligentsia class at a time when the region is on boil makes it evident that every sane person in Kashmir wants to end the cycle of violence.
“The signatories to the memorandum have proved that talks are the only solution to any issue. The denial of the separatists showed that they wanted to keep the blood spilling on roads in Kashmir,” said observer.
Earlier, in the memorandum, it has been highlighted that Kashmir problem is not a financial or administrative problem, but political and should be carefully dealt with in a political manner.
“The unrest has spread to Pir Panchal Region, Chenab Valley and Kargil Region. There is no sign of an early respite,” reads copy, adding “Till date, 75 people have been killed and more than 700 have been completely or partially blinded, and the number of injured has crossed ten thousand. Property – both public and private, worth millions has been damaged during protests. The loss to business and related activities, has crossed seven thousand crore rupees.”
The memorandum further reads, “We sincerely believe that a lasting solution of the Dispute through dialogue with all the stakeholders would be in the interest of people of the subcontinent in general and people of Jammu and Kashmir in particular.” The memorandum also suggests that confidence building measures be taken to create conducive atmosphere for conducting a successful dialogue. “To repeal or withdraw Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, J&K Disturbed Areas Act, and other laws, rules, notifications, orders in conflict with the concept of Rule of Law,” reads copy.
Pardeep Singh Bali