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The government has appointed an affable old school politician, Manoj Sinha, as the L-G of J&K, but it would be too much to expect from one man alone.
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Terrorist-induced incidents in the Kashmir valley have come down over the last one year, and so has the infiltration even though local terror recruitment has seen a rise. An uneasy calm that had prevailed in the Valley after the revocation of Article 370, 35 A and the division of the state into two Union Territories, has now paved way for a more confident one despite the threat of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism looming large on the people.
The fears of large-scale violence and protests that many had prophesied is behind us now. This is significant since a large number of additional troops deployed last year have now been withdrawn. Panchayat by-polls are set to be held soon and there is genuine interest among the people of the Valley to take part in the electoral process because they eye development and better quality of life for themselves and their future generations.


Yes, Kashmir is yearning for development and the Narendra Modi government should not miss the bus, just like previous governments did.

This is the sense that I gathered from Kashmiris, both young and old, during my last week’s trip to the Valley — I traveled from Srinagar to the Line of Control in Tangdhar sector and the troubled areas of Pulwama and Shopian. A broader understanding that emerged during my stay was that people were willing to look ahead rather than remain stuck in the past. And their demands are not very high. All they ask for are jobs, education, roads, electricity and the internet.

Yes, despite the government spending thousands of crores in Kashmir over the last several decades, the demand of the people of the Valley are still very basic, like in any other state of India.

Govt should not lose yet another opportunity
Kashmir has presented a number of opportunities for the central government to initiate peace and development in the past, but all such opportunities were squandered away due to a number of reasons – major ones being lack of political decisiveness and the sustained approach needed to ensure Kashmir does not just remain a conflict business as many see it.

Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam (retd) writes in his book Full Spectrum, in 1997, when General V. P. Malik took over as the Army chief, he sought to disengage from active counter-terrorism operations after almost seven years of relentless offensive that saw a large number of terrorists being killed. General Malik had met Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and suggested that it was time for the Army to return to its primary task in a phased manner. A panicked Abdullah telephoned then Prime Minister I.K. Gujral who tentatively asked General Malik to remain engaged.


“When Lt General Rustom Kaikhusro Nanavatty took over as Army Commander of Northern Command in 2001, the proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir had again started to show signs of revival, following a hiatus of 18 months of relative peace after the Kargil Battle,” Subramaniam had written in an article for ThePrint.

“Lt General Nanavatty and his team submitted a strategy document — Jammu and Kashmir (J&K): Strategy for Conflict Resolution (2003) — to Army headquarters, and later sent copies of it to many senior government functionaries like then-Home Minister L.K. Advani, Home Secretary N.N. Vohra, and Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh,” Subramaniam had written.


Lt General Nanavatty had advocated an all-encompassing strategy rather than just a security-related one. However, it remained where it was – on paper.



The Manmohan Singh government also lost opportunities during its 10-year rule when terrorism was brought down to a manageable level. Although an attempt was made, it did not have the political seriousness needed.


And now, after 2016, when the killing of local terrorist Burhan Wani led to a spike in terror activities, for the first time, insurgency in the Valley has come down to a manageable level.

‘Visible’ development is key
While the government has appointed an affable old school politician, Manoj Sinha, as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, it would be too much to expect from one man alone.

Those who matter the most, today, are the government employees at the ground level – from those in civil administration to the police – who must put their act together. The constant complaints regarding the administrative machinery that one hears about are related to the local Tehsildars, block development officers, and SHOs.

Also, while the L-G is working towards improving the system in the Union Territory, it is equally important to have visible development – infrastructure push. Visit the Valley and you will hear people say this wherever you go: ‘Despite over a year of abrogation of Article 370, no development is being seen on the ground’.

For the government to win the confidence of the people, visible development is equally necessary, just like the systematic changes being done that will yield results later.

Move away from kill-based approach
I have argued in the past against the kill-based approach in Kashmir. The Army has now said that they are going to focus more on arrests/surrenders and that the government is working on a new surrender policy.

Both these are very important steps. Interestingly, the 15 Corps in Srinagar have done away with their points-based reward system for recovery of weapons by soldiers. These points helped the individual units to get commendation.

To see a truly fruitful phase, higher points should be given for ensuring arrests and surrenders, and only in very specific cases — of dreaded terrorists — should this system of kills be encouraged. Moreover, the killing of recently joined terrorists is not a great shake because they have zero training. And as Kashmiri journalist Javaid Trali tweeted, “…it is the time for unconditional acceptance in view of rehabilitating our misled youth — by offering them sustained psychological support, & meaningful assistance. High time to manifest the collective consciousness!”

Winning hearts and minds is not a job that should be left to the security forces. It is the job of the political and civil administration. And if they don’t do their job, we will miss the bus again.

 

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There is no winning hearts and minds of fidayeen. If peace has to return it has to be through superior firepower, the same happened in Punjab, the same should happen in Kashmir.
 

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This print fellow is living in completely different world..no matter how much development you do, Kashmiris being muslims don't want to live with Hindu India...
This is a theological and religious issue ..not an issue of development...according to islam a muslim should always try to live in dar al salam , a country where muslims rule themselves..to be honest kashmir was a state and they were ruling themselves but the hate for hindus among muslims of india is so much that they don't want to be ruled by kafir hindus...that is the reason pakistan was formed..given a chance ,indian muslims would like to have another partition and take a piece of land where they can form a muslim only country, because another partition is not possible and they can't move out of hindu india,they are staying under hindu rule.
 

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Kashmir has been craving for development for a long time. Provide them with jobs and better integration with main land India through roads and railways, militancy will be thing of the past.
 

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Forget this and that approach,
Treat them like human beings, not animals.

Stop the craziness, and stop the mass murder of Kashmiri people.
 

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Asaduddin Owaisi can play a major role in ridding Kashmiris of separatist and militant mindset. Let Kashmiris vote for AIMIM and see how an AIMIM government fairs in governing Jammu & Kashmir for a term. I suspect Kashmiris will forever abandon those useless monkeys Mehbooba Mufti and Abdullah family, along with the separatists. Kashmiris should see themselves as part of the broader Indian Muslim community.
 

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Asaduddin Owaisi can play a major role in ridding Kashmiris of separatist and militant mindset. Let Kashmiris vote for AIMIM and see how an AIMIM government fairs in governing Jammu & Kashmir for a term. I suspect Kashmiris will forever abandon those useless monkeys Mehbooba Mufti and Abdullah family, along with the separatists. Kashmiris should see themselves as part of the broader Indian Muslim community.
Are you referring to the community that faces mass riots every other year, and faces lynching on a regular basis, and is officially discriminated against by the state and the people, who would want to be part of that community,

I know members of that community, they themselves don't want to be there.
 

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Are you referring to the community that faces mass riots every other year, and faces lynching on a regular basis, and is officially discriminated against by the state and the people, who would want to be part of that community,

I know members of that community, they themselves don't want to be there.
I'm referring to a community that numbers nearly 200 million, and is fairly secure in many parts of India where there are friendly state governments, such as West Bengal, Kerala and Telangana. A community whose political clout is growing rapidly in Assam under the leadership of Badruddin Ajmal. A community that dominates the Samajwadi Party in UP.
There's no denying that Owaisi is million times more competent politician than the usual Kashmiri leaders like Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah. Kashmiri nationalism is utter jahalat and a total waste of time. How are Kashmiris any different from the rest of Indian Muslims?
 

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I'm referring to a community that numbers nearly 200 million, and is fairly secure in many parts of India where there are friendly state governments, such as West Bengal, Kerala and Telangana. A community whose political clout is growing rapidly in Assam under the leadership of Badruddin Ajmal. A community that dominates the Samajwadi Party in UP.
There's no denying that Owaisi is million times more competent politician than the usual Kashmiri leaders like Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah. Kashmiri nationalism is utter jahalat and a total waste of time. How are Kashmiris any different from the rest of Indian Muslims?
You can't pick and choose your way out of obvious mass discrimination, and mass murder.

In Assam that community is being declared illegal Indians, in West Bengal they can't even call that community by their actual identity, they are called Mohammadans, not Muslims, many change their names to survive.

You people have been watching Kashmir getting killed by the tens of thousands without a whimper, don't have any self-respect any more, I know all communities of India, personally, especially that community, you people are full of hate.

It is better to recognise and remedy, then continue living in ignorance. It is good for you and good for India.
 

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Terrorist-induced incidents in the Kashmir valley have come down over the last one year, and so has the infiltration even though local terror recruitment has seen a rise. An uneasy calm that had prevailed in the Valley after the revocation of Article 370, 35 A and the division of the state into two Union Territories, has now paved way for a more confident one despite the threat of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism looming large on the people.
The fears of large-scale violence and protests that many had prophesied is behind us now. This is significant since a large number of additional troops deployed last year have now been withdrawn. Panchayat by-polls are set to be held soon and there is genuine interest among the people of the Valley to take part in the electoral process because they eye development and better quality of life for themselves and their future generations.


Yes, Kashmir is yearning for development and the Narendra Modi government should not miss the bus, just like previous governments did.

This is the sense that I gathered from Kashmiris, both young and old, during my last week’s trip to the Valley — I traveled from Srinagar to the Line of Control in Tangdhar sector and the troubled areas of Pulwama and Shopian. A broader understanding that emerged during my stay was that people were willing to look ahead rather than remain stuck in the past. And their demands are not very high. All they ask for are jobs, education, roads, electricity and the internet.

Yes, despite the government spending thousands of crores in Kashmir over the last several decades, the demand of the people of the Valley are still very basic, like in any other state of India.

Govt should not lose yet another opportunity
Kashmir has presented a number of opportunities for the central government to initiate peace and development in the past, but all such opportunities were squandered away due to a number of reasons – major ones being lack of political decisiveness and the sustained approach needed to ensure Kashmir does not just remain a conflict business as many see it.

Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam (retd) writes in his book Full Spectrum, in 1997, when General V. P. Malik took over as the Army chief, he sought to disengage from active counter-terrorism operations after almost seven years of relentless offensive that saw a large number of terrorists being killed. General Malik had met Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and suggested that it was time for the Army to return to its primary task in a phased manner. A panicked Abdullah telephoned then Prime Minister I.K. Gujral who tentatively asked General Malik to remain engaged.


“When Lt General Rustom Kaikhusro Nanavatty took over as Army Commander of Northern Command in 2001, the proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir had again started to show signs of revival, following a hiatus of 18 months of relative peace after the Kargil Battle,” Subramaniam had written in an article for ThePrint.

“Lt General Nanavatty and his team submitted a strategy document — Jammu and Kashmir (J&K): Strategy for Conflict Resolution (2003) — to Army headquarters, and later sent copies of it to many senior government functionaries like then-Home Minister L.K. Advani, Home Secretary N.N. Vohra, and Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh,” Subramaniam had written.


Lt General Nanavatty had advocated an all-encompassing strategy rather than just a security-related one. However, it remained where it was – on paper.



The Manmohan Singh government also lost opportunities during its 10-year rule when terrorism was brought down to a manageable level. Although an attempt was made, it did not have the political seriousness needed.


And now, after 2016, when the killing of local terrorist Burhan Wani led to a spike in terror activities, for the first time, insurgency in the Valley has come down to a manageable level.

‘Visible’ development is key
While the government has appointed an affable old school politician, Manoj Sinha, as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, it would be too much to expect from one man alone.

Those who matter the most, today, are the government employees at the ground level – from those in civil administration to the police – who must put their act together. The constant complaints regarding the administrative machinery that one hears about are related to the local Tehsildars, block development officers, and SHOs.

Also, while the L-G is working towards improving the system in the Union Territory, it is equally important to have visible development – infrastructure push. Visit the Valley and you will hear people say this wherever you go: ‘Despite over a year of abrogation of Article 370, no development is being seen on the ground’.

For the government to win the confidence of the people, visible development is equally necessary, just like the systematic changes being done that will yield results later.

Move away from kill-based approach
I have argued in the past against the kill-based approach in Kashmir. The Army has now said that they are going to focus more on arrests/surrenders and that the government is working on a new surrender policy.

Both these are very important steps. Interestingly, the 15 Corps in Srinagar have done away with their points-based reward system for recovery of weapons by soldiers. These points helped the individual units to get commendation.

To see a truly fruitful phase, higher points should be given for ensuring arrests and surrenders, and only in very specific cases — of dreaded terrorists — should this system of kills be encouraged. Moreover, the killing of recently joined terrorists is not a great shake because they have zero training. And as Kashmiri journalist Javaid Trali tweeted, “…it is the time for unconditional acceptance in view of rehabilitating our misled youth — by offering them sustained psychological support, & meaningful assistance. High time to manifest the collective consciousness!”

Winning hearts and minds is not a job that should be left to the security forces. It is the job of the political and civil administration. And if they don’t do their job, we will miss the bus again.

India will be trying Israeli approach of settlements which will bring mlre hatred towards india... Pakistan should be buying lands in indian kashmir through proxies...
 

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Asaduddin Owaisi can play a major role in ridding Kashmiris of separatist and militant mindset. Let Kashmiris vote for AIMIM and see how an AIMIM government fairs in governing Jammu & Kashmir for a term. I suspect Kashmiris will forever abandon those useless monkeys Mehbooba Mufti and Abdullah family, along with the separatists. Kashmiris should see themselves as part of the broader Indian Muslim community.
Broader Indian community up your backside
Kashmir is no part of dirty India
We still remember and never forget
I'm referring to a community that numbers nearly 200 million, and is fairly secure in many parts of India where there are friendly state governments, such as West Bengal, Kerala and Telangana. A community whose political clout is growing rapidly in Assam under the leadership of Badruddin Ajmal. A community that dominates the Samajwadi Party in UP.
There's no denying that Owaisi is million times more competent politician than the usual Kashmiri leaders like Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah. Kashmiri nationalism is utter jahalat and a total waste of time. How are Kashmiris any different from the rest of Indian Muslims?
the same community who cheerleaded when Kashmiri women & children were raped and slaughtered the same community has nothing to do with us
They are not from us and we are not from them dirty occupying Indians all the same no matter their religion
 

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Broader Indian community up your backside
Kashmir is no part of dirty India
We still remember and never forget

the same community who cheerleaded when Kashmiri women & children were raped and slaughtered the same community has nothing to do with us
They are not from us and we are not from them dirty occupying Indians all the same no matter their religion
Foolish person, Indian Muslims have always spoken up in favor of Kashmiri rights and dignity and consistently condemn human rights atrocities perpetrated against them by Indian security forces. But your people need to abandon this destructive separatism and militancy. It's not helping your cause in the least. Your politicians like Sheikh Abdullah were the most stupid idiots that are the reason Kashmir is in the political crisis it's been in for so long. You should blame them instead of us
 

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Forget this and that approach,
Treat them like human beings, not animals.

Stop the craziness, and stop the mass murder of Kashmiri people.
Why doesn't India just give the Muslim part of Kashmir (Kashmir Valley) to Pakistan? Would Pakistan accept this offer or does Pakistan want all of Kashmir due to all of Kashmir having a Muslim majority (albeit with varying concentrations in different regions and also different ethnic groups)?
 

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Why doesn't India just give the Muslim part of Kashmir (Kashmir Valley) to Pakistan? Would Pakistan accept this offer or does Pakistan want all of Kashmir due to all of Kashmir having a Muslim majority (albeit with varying concentrations in different regions and also different ethnic groups)?
I honestly do not have a clear answer for you, over time, because people have suffered, some positions that may have been acceptable before are not any more. Right now, I get the feeling they would be happy with whatever the people of Kashmir choose.

But, you raise an important point, looking at the issue collectively, and region wise as you have pointed out could be one of the solutions.

As I am answering, I will also give you my personal opinion, I really could not care less what happens, goes to Pakistan, India, or they go independent. So many have died and suffered, the figures vary between 50,000 to 100,000 killed, then there are the injured, the rapes, the mental suffering, that's not a joke. We live in an Age of Enlightenment, human rights are supposed to matter now, more than ever.
I want any solution that brings their suffering to an end, at any price.
 

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I honestly do not have a clear answer for you, over time, because people have suffered, some positions that may have been acceptable before are not any more. Right now, I get the feeling they would be happy with whatever the people of Kashmir choose.

But, you raise an important point, looking at the issue collectively, and region wise as you have pointed out could be one of the solutions.

As I am answering, I will also give you my personal opinion, I really could not care less what happens, goes to Pakistan, India, or they go independent. So many have died and suffered, the figures vary between 50,000 to 100,000 killed, then there are the injured, the rapes, the mental suffering, that's not a joke. We live in an Age of Enlightenment, human rights are supposed to matter now, more than ever.
I want any solution that brings their suffering to an end, at any price.
From what I can understand, the unrest only happens in Kashmir Valley, the Muslim majority area. Ladakh is also Muslim majority but not to the same extent as KV, and the Ladakhis are also a completely different ethnic group and want nothing to do with Kashmiris.

This would be a final solution to be honest, no sane person could object to this, India has to spend a lot of money policing people that don't want them there and giving this region to Pakistan would solve most issues.
 

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