14 May, 2021

No Snub, It’s Triple Talaq!

The Hurriyat is too familiar with New Delhi’s ‘damage control’ delegations

No Snub, It’s Triple Talaq!

If at all the September 4-5 visit of the all-party delegation to the Valley achieved anything, it was to reinforce Kashmiri anger and pessimism and put the gap between Srinagar and Delhi in stark relief. The fourth visit of its kind—after 1990, 2008, 2010—its potential utility was already circumscribed by New Delhi’s refusal to look at Kashmir creatively, outside of the security prism. The visit also highlighted some deep fissures. Was the rebuffed bid by five MPs to meet Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani part of the delegation’s mandate? Home minister Rajnath Singh said: “Neither had we said yes nor no.” Ram Madhav, the BJP’s general secretary and Kashmir minder, added fuel to the fire: “Wonder why meeting a few unwilling Hurriyat leaders is so important when there are elected MPs/MLAs in Kashmir.”

Many here, however, believe Geelani and others have, by refusing to even open their doors to the MPs, played into New Delhi’s hands—offering it a pretext to go more hardline and crack down on the agitation....

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