13 June, 2021

Positive Parleys

Nine militants meet the home

Positive Parleys

THE Centre has every reason to project the March 15 meeting in New Delhi between nine Kashmir militants and the Union Home Minister S.B. Chavan as a breakthrough. This is the first time since militancy surfaced seven years ago, that extremists have come forward to negotiate with the Government. While it would be too optimistic to expect any immediate and dramatic change in the strife-torn Valley, the meeting with the militants has been described by Chavan as a "first step" in bringing normalcy back to Kashmir. However, any good emerging from the latest peace effort will depend on how far the militants, who call themselves the Forum for Peaceful Resolution of the Crisis in Jammu and Kashmir, are accepted as legitimate representatives of the people.

In Srinagar, voices of protest have already surfaced. On the day of the meeting in Delhi, the Jamait-ul-Mujahideen, a pro-Pakistan militant group, declared a bandh in Srinagar and the rest of the Valley to protest against the peace efforts. The All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC), the political forum of the...

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