From Nehru till today, leadership made mistakes in Kashmir elections: Mehbooba Mufti in J-K

she questioned people who have been indulging in violence as she underlined that any remedy could be found through dialogue in a great democracy like India.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Published:August 15, 2016 1:32 pm
mehbooba mufti, independence day, mufti speech, mehbooba mufti speech, jammu and kashmir, kashmir, kashmir independence day, kashmir speech Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mahbooba Mufti addressed people in the state on Independence Day

Asserting that gun will not solve any problem, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi will complete the process started by Atal Bihari Vajpayee to address the state’s problems which she attributed to the ‘mistakes’ by successive central governments, starting from Jawaharlal Nehru.

In her maiden Independence Day address as Chief Minister, Mehbooba made an emotional appeal to the youth indulging in violence, telling them not to be misled by the ‘vested interests’ who want to keep Kashmir burning, and prevent the beautiful valley from turning into another Syria or Afghanistan.

Speaking against the backdrop of over month-long unrest in the valley triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, she questioned people who have been indulging in violence as she underlined that any remedy could be found through dialogue in a great democracy like India.

Emphasising that any propaganda like attempts to erode the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is false, she urged the people to give her time so that she could work on the plans and programmes she had charted for peace and progress of the state.

“Gun will not solve the problm. Guns has not solved any issue,” Mehbooba said, adding there is no way other than the dialogue to resolve problems and address grievances.

“People of Jammu and Kashmir are not bad, nor is India bad. Somewhere mistakes were made with regard to elections. The leadership of the country — from Jawahar Lal Nehru till date — and the parties, it is their mistake,” she said.

The Chief Minister said she too had a grievance at the way Kashmir issue has been handled over the years. “I also have grievances. People of Jammu and Kashmir joined with such a big country, not considering the religion, and preferred a democracy. Why has our democracy remained confined to casting votes?

“The biggest part of democracy is dialogue. We have resolved so many issues but why have we failed to take forward the dialogue process here? Where have made a mistake?

“Why did it take till 2002 for the (fair) election system to reach Kashmir? Why did our system and leadership here and in Delhi in 1987 elections usurp the rights of those people (now separatists) who could have become MLAs, Ministers or Chief Minister? They wanted to take oath of Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir along with the Constitution of the country.

There is no fault of people of J&K in it,” she said. Mehbooba said the separatists were then looking for alternatives to National Conference and Congress but “it was not allowed to happen by the leaders here and there (Delhi)”.

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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Aug 15, 2016 at 10:20 am
    Yes accepting the mistake is an BOLD statement but do not forget in that list to include your father and you also in the list. Think over solely where the mistake had happened and how to rectify the mistake and approach the issue openly and then invite all the stake holders of J and K region for an open debate and discussion by give and take policy and then involve the Centre to agree as per the talks to move forward which will bring peace in the Region and do ensure NOT to play any type of petty politics over the issue by one and all in the overall interest of the State and WILL U is the query ????
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    l s
    Aug 15, 2016 at 1:31 pm
    Covering up for her and her party's deficiences, will not do anything.lt;br/gt;Be Indian and act Indian, instead of double acting. Support our jawans and armed forces and encourage them to maintain peace and harmony, do not discourage them by statements pellet guns should not be used.lt;br/gt;Throwing stones, raising flags and praising terorrists is not the way to lead a state.lt;br/gt;Be stern or vacate your seat.
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    Sheik Mohamed
    Aug 15, 2016 at 1:10 pm
    Instead of protecting the common Kashmiris from bullets/pellet guns fired by the security agencies, why she is shedding crocodile tears for them? Why the saffronised party her key alliance partner in the state had not done anything to stop the alienation of Kashmiris from the mainstream of nation? Elections were held there peacefully and the people had chosen their representatives freely, but her late father Janab Mufti Sahab thanked stan for that. Only for lust of power her party aligned with saffronised party which is having diametrically opposite views as that of PDP. Why they had not asked the security agencies to stop targeting common men their, instead of stopping of infiltration of militants/terrorists from Pak Border? Why laxity on their part in this issue?
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    YSG
    Aug 16, 2016 at 11:00 am
    WHAT DO YOU THINK MADAM CH.MINISTER,THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE?IF YOU FIND SOME THING VERY RIGHT,PLEASE DO IT OR AT LEAST MAKE ATTEMPTS.THE WAY YOU GOT THE CHAIR OF KASHMIR C.M., THEY ALSO GOT THE CHAIR AND MADE STATEMENTS AND RETIRED.TWICE IN INDO STAN WARS,INDIA HAD UPPER HAND COULD SOLVE THE SITUATION BY TAKING BACK STAN HELD KASHMIR IN RETURN TO TERRITORY GAINED FROM STAN.BUT ALAS THEY CUT THE SORRY FIGURE.NOW IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE SO TILL THE END OF THIS WORLD.
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