How much is the idea of India ready to accommodate the idea of Kashmir, asks Mehbooba Mufti

"Who is doing it? Why are they doing it? (challenging the Article 35A)" she asked as she added candidly, "let me tell you that my party and other parties who carry the national flag there, despite all risks... I have no doubt in saying that no one will hold it if it is tinkered".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 10:52 pm
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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday spoke on issues like Article 35-A, which gives special status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday spoke on issues like Article 35-A, which gives special status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, in a seminar in New Delhi. She warned that anyone messing up with the special status granted to the state will have to face serious ramifications. According to a PTI report, the chief minister said that while efforts are put in to resolve Kashmir issues, at the same time “we flog it”.

“Who is doing it? Why are they doing it? (challenging the Article 35A)” Mufti asked. She added, “let me tell you that my party and other parties who carry the national flag there, despite all risks… I have no doubt in saying that no one will hold it if it is tinkered,” said Mufti.

According to IANS report, Mufti also said that, “you are not targeting separatists who have an agenda to secede but you are weakening the forces who have accepted India, participated in elections. They make efforts to integrate Jammu and Kashmir with India with respect and dignity. You are weakening them.”

As told to IANS, Mufti praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership but said that for her “India is Indira”.  She said that it is sad to see how television prime times projects India that widens the gap between India and Kashmir.

“I am sorry to say that the image of India which the (TV) anchors project is not what India is about, is not the India I know,” she said.

While addressing ‘Understanding Kashmir’ session hosted by social group BRIEF, Mufti said that Kashmir is an idea of India. “The basic question is how much is the idea of India ready to accommodate the idea of Kashmir? This is the crux,” she said.

She recalled how Kashmir, during the partition, defied the two-nation theory and the divisive separation on grounds of religion, and aligned with India. She said, “There have been special provisions in the Constitution for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Unfortunately, with the passage of time something happened somewhere that both sides (state and centre) started doing dishonesty.”

“To me, India is Indira Gandhi. When I was growing, she represented India for me. Maybe some people won’t like it but she was the India. I want to see that India which cries, feels the pain of Kashmir. The India that embraced us on our terms. We are a diverse state with all kinds of multi-diversity of religion and everything. Kashmir is a mini India in India,” she said.

“Rather than addressing the problem, we took administrative measures like dismissal of government or making charges of conspiracy, sedition…we had all these things against separatists which at times led to their hangings, weapons exclusive to Kashmir and more security measures and increasing number of security people. These administrative measures have not helped us to address the idea of Kashmir…,” Mehbooba added.

“I feel Modi is the man of the moment. He can become the man of history and his leadership is an asset which needs to be harnessed. And there has to be a way to work together and take Kashmir out of the mess,” she said while asking the PM to help in resolving the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

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  1. Gurmeet S
    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:07 am
    My dads idea of kashmir was different. His entire family had to flee in 1947 . My sisters idea of kashmir was different as well. Her family fled in the early 2000s. Hundreds of thousands of.sikhs and pandits had beautiful ideas of kashmir as well. They had to leave too . I think lets stick to the idea of India from now on.
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      Dr.Nagchoudhury
      Jul 29, 2017 at 5:00 am
      Talk is one thing practical other thing. Indiraji fragmented Pakistan and USA and China vanished from the scene! Why is Modi not entering Pakistan, though we have a great (Modi has inherited this) military machine. The reason some other country is sitting in Pakistan with significant troops. To attack Pakistan is easy if one has brains. This problem will soon be ended by sending more troops. The Valley has only 6 million people and surely many of these like India as we are truly a great, secular democracy. Yes liberation of POK is a must.
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        sk
        Jul 29, 2017 at 7:48 am
        The right question to poase is, why did Indira Gandhi not resolve Kashmir in 1972 as part of the Shimla Agreement? Paksitan was weak and had no ability to fight at that time. It now has nuclear weapons, and no one can win a nuclear war.
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          Kishore Dattani
          Jul 29, 2017 at 10:56 pm
          N-weapons are useless except for seeking seat at the top table. In Europe the deterrence worked for some 30/40 years. Pakistan and India are too close to each other even to contemplate the madness. PM Vajpayee called Pakistan bluff by mobilising the army in 1999 after the terror attack on the Indian Parliament. General Musharaff ran to the US to complain. Pakistan's N-bomb cost it dearly. However, you are right that PM Indira Gandhi gave too much away at Simla and Z Bhutto never meant to respect "normalisation" agreement. Sad for Pakistan itself is that large number of human rights (genocide) army culprits remain untried.
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          undefined
          Jul 29, 2017 at 7:31 pm
          Do you want more Muslim Terrorists Pakistanis in India. First take care few million Muslim terrorists in Kashmir! Let Islamic Republic of Pakistan explode itself!
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          Dr.Nagchoudhury
          Jul 29, 2017 at 4:59 am
          Talk is one thing practical other thing. Indiraji fragmented Pakistan and USA and China vanished from the scene! Why is Modi not entering Pakistan, though we have a great (Modi has inherited this) military machine. The reason some other country is sitting in Pakistan with significant trips. To attack Pakistan is easy if one has brains. This problem will soon be ended by sending more troops. The Valley has only 6 million people and surely many of these like India as we are truly a great, secular democracy. Yes liberation of POK is a must.
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            Jagatanand Singh
            Jul 29, 2017 at 4:43 am
            Kashmir problem is a fake on to keep the pressure on India. After we demonstrated the nuclear bomb in 1974 this problem in the real sense vanished. All this turmoil will be put down with better organization and more troops. Our long time aim should be to get POK back and connect the Valley again to the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan. From here it is 8 miles to Tajikistan.
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              Aditya Gaiha
              Jul 29, 2017 at 4:42 am
              It is the other way round....how much will the minority separatist wahabi fi sunni Kashmir accept the idea of India.....if they dont let them go to Pakistan or where-ever Kashmir and India has nothing to do with them....
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