Yashwant Sinha team submits report to PM Modi: ‘Kashmiris feel they’re used as tools for politics’

The report by the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation is based on the visit by concerned citizens “not sponsored by anyone” between October 25 and 27.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Published:November 10, 2016 3:21 am
 kashmir, kashmir unrest, kashmir politics, yashwant sinha, kashmiri residents, kashmiri, mehbooba mufti, indian express news, india news According to the report, the Kashmiris pointed out that pellet guns are not used in the rest of India. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

DISPEL THE perception that Kashmir and Kashmiris are “mere tools to be used for electoral purposes”, a group led by former Union minister Yashwant Sinha has recommended in a report days after visiting the trouble-torn Valley.

“Kashmiris believe that today Indian politics has taken such a turn that there is no willingness to listen to even demands for autonomy. Today, (the) Kashmir issue is being seen as Hindu versus Muslim, and governance seen as Jammu versus Kashmir,” the group said in a six-page report, submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday.

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Dealing at length on reasons for the immediate and long-time anger among the people in the Valley, which has come to a boil again following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8, the group said that among reasons for the immediate anger cited by the stakeholders in the Valley are excessive use of force by security forces during Wani’s funeral procession, and the use of pellet guns thereafter.

According to the report, the Kashmiris pointed out that pellet guns are “not used in the rest of India even under grave provocation like the Jat agitation in Haryana, the protests against Cauvery water sharing in Karnataka, or the Patel agitation in Gujarat”.

It noted, “The fact that the use of pellet guns was reserved only for Kashmir elicited the most amount of anger against India and Indian security forces in the people we talked to.”

The report by the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation is based on the visit by concerned citizens “not sponsored by anyone” between October 25 and 27.

A copy of the report has been sent to J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, and the group has asked the PDP-BJP government in the state to start the process of reopening schools and, as a precursor to this, release all first-time offenders, schoolchildren and minors arrested under the Public Safety Act.

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    Hindu
    Nov 10, 2016 at 7:18 am
    Its ok If it is ploy by BJP....o/w I think Sinha has lost his marbles...We Hindus dont give a S=H=I=T=T=T= about Kashimri separatists....The pro-Indians must come out andkick them.
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      l s
      Nov 10, 2016 at 4:38 am
      This report should not be accepted as it is not a govt sponsored visit, as being said by the BJP govt. These are supporters of the Hurriat and anti-nationals. Throw this report in the dust-bin, where it rightly belongs.
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        Lalit Mohan
        Nov 10, 2016 at 5:34 am
        Stray dogs become habitual of barking
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          pawan
          Nov 10, 2016 at 7:17 am
          Well in other agitations people never shouted anti-national slogans and threw stones and mock tails at security forces and tried to harm them . If they had tried they would have been shot dead and not hit by pellet guns. On thing do agree we need good governance and human dignity and that is not only missing in jandk but also in our NE states and in the Maoist hit areas.
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            S Subramaniam
            Nov 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm
            It was Yashwant Sinhaji who suggested that India should not have any dialogue with stan as he tried several times when he was in power and ridiculed the attempts of Narendra Modiji's Government for dialogue with stan. Thereafter Narendra Modiji's Government efforts for bilateral talks were cancelled. But surprisingly Yashwant Sinhaji went to JandK on his own and submitted his report to the Government for talks with separatists who want to have dialogue with stan. What a dichotomy?
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              Mir Mohsin
              Nov 10, 2016 at 5:06 am
              We hate u dogs back equally. U r like a psycho girlfriend who won't let go
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                Nazeer Hussain
                Nov 10, 2016 at 12:33 pm
                Central Asia is waiting for ghar wapsi of you and your livestock, please leave
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                  Nazer Hussain
                  Nov 10, 2016 at 12:38 pm
                  Lalit ji just like R$s is getting tired of barking Ak hand B
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                    RainMaker
                    Nov 10, 2016 at 5:18 am
                    According to the report, the Kashmiris pointed out that pellet guns are “not used in the rest of India even under grave provocation like the Jat agitation in Haryana, the protests against Cauvery water sharing in Karnataka, or the Patel agitation in Gujarat”. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Kindly note Jats, Patels and protestors against cauvery water neither harbour terrorist nor mourn their deaths they have not expelled a section of society from their homes and above all, however, aggrieved they may be with state they have immense faith in Indian consution and seek remedy therein.
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                      Vihari Naidu
                      Nov 10, 2016 at 5:01 am
                      Finally the realization. Now tell them to stop burning schools, get some education and jobs instead of working for stan for chillar paisa....
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                        David
                        Nov 10, 2016 at 1:19 am
                        The people in the valley should be bombed. How dare they kill pundits and ask for humanity towards them.
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                          Ravikumar
                          Nov 10, 2016 at 1:42 am
                          They say Pellet Guns are only used in Kashmir and not in any other parts of the Country. I endorse this, but there are no Stone Pelters and Anti-National people taking help from the Neighboring Country to destabilize their own state. So you can't compare your self with the Nationalist States. Their is a Say "शटम प्रती शक्य".
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