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Separatists Not Allowed

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The visit of Home Minister Amit Shah to Jammu and Kashmir, and the fact that for the first time in decades, normal life in the Kashmir Valley was not disrupted by a strike call from separatists, has fuelled speculation that something might be cooking behind the scenes and some sort of a dialogue could soon commence between the Centre and the separatist amalgam operating under the label of the 'Hurriyat Conference'.

But in all the breathless excitement in the media and political circles over the possibility of yet another political initiative in Kashmir, what is being glossed over are the fundamental questions — what will the talks be about? What will be the framework of these talks? Will these be talks only for the sake of talks or will they be the beginning of a negotiated settlement to solve the ‘political problem’ in Kashmir?

Beyond One Trip: The Home Minister's visit to Kashmir has been surrounded by breathless speculation. (Photo: Twitter)

And, while we're at it, will someone clearly state what this ‘political problem’ is?

Assuming someone can clearly state the ‘political problem’, can all those who mindlessly keep parroting the need for a ‘political solution’ also lay down the contours of this solution, rather than just talking in the air, mouthing inanities, just because they are ‘politically correct’ in the circles they move in?

As things stand, there is absolutely no indication that the Hurriyat has given up on their separatist agenda.

Nor is there anything to suggest that they are no longer tied to strings that are pulled by their Pakistani masters.

Therefore, if and when there is a dialogue with the Hurriyat, what will it be about? What will the Indian government bring to the table that it believes will satisfy the Hurriyat? And what does it expect the Hurriyat to offer?

After all, negotiations are all about giving and taking. So, what will the Modi government be ready to give that is more than what Kashmir........

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