J K News Today
New Delhi, April 21 ( JKNT)
Concerned Citizens Group has called on the security forces and the stone throwers to reflect upon the necessity of sorting out the issue through dialogue and democratic manner instead of violence and the retributive actions .
The group that had recently visited Kashmir and concluded that Kashmir situation needs balm and dialogue , today issued a statement against the backdrop of the April 9 violence when eight persons were killed and 200 others, including security personnel injured . It said that the group strongly feels that the role of combatants should be shunned and the matters should be resolved by sitting across the table.
The group that includes , former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha , advised the government and then Kashmiri protestors to “ recognize that in democracies the world over peace in disturbed areas has never been achieved through violent measures.”
“Nobody in his right mind should want a repetition of the events of 2016 – not the government and certainly not the Kashmiri civilians.,” it said
“The worst ever voter turn-out of a meager 7 per cent in Srinagar bye-poll is a warning of the extent of disillusionment prevailing in the Kashmiri voter’s mind. An erosion of faith in democratic process may eventually threaten the legitimacy of the State itself . It advised that this process needs to be stemmed and corrective measures taken.”
“Dialogue with those who hold differing views is the only civilized way that democratic societies know of reconciling differences . India’s heart is large enough and its Constitution flexible enough to accommodate the aspirations of all its citizens, the people of Jammu and Kashmir incl;uded ,” the group that has among others Kapil Kak, Shuva Bharve and Bharat Bhushan as its members highlighted in the statement .
“Conditions conducive to a dialogue that can restore reason, calm and sanity must be enabled . For this , the J&K government and the Central government need to show exemplary restraint in either deploying force or adopting “ innovative” measures which can backfire in dealing with the protestors. The protestors must also understand that the path they have chosen is counter-productive . Stone –pelting or intervening in anti- militancy operations of the security forces will make them easy targets of violence. Even one civilian death is too many in the present sensitive situation in Kashmir.”
It has suggested : “The government of India needs to carefully fashion a strategy of outreach to the people of Kashmir. Such an outreach should include not only leaders of Kashmiri civil society,, opinion makers, public intellectuals and other stake holders in the state but also separatist leadership as promised in the agenda of alliance between the BJP and the PDP.”
“We urge the central government, to urgently initiate a political dialogue to prevent the recurrence of violence in Kashmir and restore the faith of the Kashmiri people in democratic process to resolve their grievances.,” it said besides cautioning that a “continued reliance on military measures alone to sort out a problem which is entirely political is short-sighted , to say the least and great dis-service to the nation.”