21 September, 2020

Kashmiris Have Been Lured Into The Trap Of Glamourised Terrorism: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik speaks to Outlook about the “fatigue factor” kicking in against militancy, people’s desire for development and the future of the state’s special status.

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Kashmiris Have Been Lured Into The Trap Of Glamourised Terrorism: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik
outlookindia.com
2019-08-02T10:53:44+05:30

Set to complete one year as the Governor of restive Jammu and Kashmir under President’s rule, Satya Pal Malik, the first politician in the Raj Bhawan in Srinagar, shows no signs of discomfiture. Sitting in his walnut-wooded office overlooking the Zabarwan Hills, he speaks to Bhavna Vij-Aurora and Naseer Ganai about the “fatigue factor” kicking in against militancy, people’s desire for development and the future of the state’s special status. Edited excerpts

Panchayat elections have happened peacefully. Several measures to improve administration, like the ‘Back to Village’ programme, have been initiated. Is it time for mainstreaming of Kashmir?

Integration is happening in a natural way as tempers have cooled down and people want development. Kashmir worsened over the years because of Delhi’s leadership in the past. It made chief ministers without elections, declaring defeated candidates as winners....

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