18 May, 2021

Knight Up, Sizing Up The Board

Knight Up, Sizing Up The Board
With Pakistan proposing counter Confidence-Building Measures (CBMS) last week, the big question was: will the L.K. Advani-Hurriyat talks take place? Both sides have been tightlipped and no definitive response seems to be on the anvil though some moderate Hurriyat factions have welcomed the government move to anoint Advani as negotiator. At a Diwali luncheon hosted by Delhi BJP chief Madan Lal Khurana, Advani did give an indication that conditions for talks —as expected by the Hurriyat—may not well be there. "I have already said what I had to...any question of a continuing dialogue (with the Hurriyat) is out of the question," Advani told Outlook. Asked later whether he even expected the talks to take place, the deputy PM just shook his head.

Clearly, there seems to be no meeting ground. While Advani has made it clear that any dialogue has to take place within the parameters of the Indian Constitution and that it should envisage ‘decentralisation’ of power in J&K, the Hurriyat...

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