Rajnath Singh opens Track II, taps ‘eminent Muslims’ for ideas

The Indian Express has learnt that Rajnath Singh has held two rounds of talks with “eminent citizens”, mostly non-Kashmiri Muslims, to discuss a plan of action and seek their help in initiating a dialogue with Kashmiris.

Written by Maneesh Chhibber | New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2016 4:43 am
Rajnath Singh,kashmir, kashmir protests, burhan wani aftermath, burhan wani death, kashmir youth, home minister rajnath singh, rajnath singh, india news Sources said that while the first meeting with 10 people was held in Singh’s office on August 18, the second was held Sunday with 14 people where senior functionaries of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) were also present. (Express Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

Concerned over the situation in the Valley, the Centre has initiated behind-the-scene talks at the level of the Union Home Minister to find a way out.

The Indian Express has learnt that Rajnath Singh has held two rounds of talks with “eminent citizens”, mostly non-Kashmiri Muslims, to discuss a plan of action and seek their help in initiating a dialogue with Kashmiris.

Sources said that while the first meeting with 10 people was held in Singh’s office on August 18, the second was held Sunday with 14 people where senior functionaries of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) were also present.

MHA officials said that following the first meeting, reports of numerous working groups on J&K, which were never fully implemented, were being examined afresh and some action would be taken on the key recommendations once the Valley situation improved.

Sources said Singh “indicated” to those present at the meetings that the government was working on a “three-stage plan” to find a peaceful solution. He was said to have assured them that the use of pellet guns, which have caused serious injuries to over 900 people, mostly the young, would be “minimised”.

“The Home Minister indicated that the government is finalising a three-stage plan to end the protests in a peaceful manner. To begin with, civil society groups will be encouraged to venture into Kashmir and interact with the protesting youths. He also indicated that an all-party delegation will be sent to the state soon. The role of clergy in spreading the message of peace and tranquility was also discussed,” sources said.

Those who attending the meeting Sunday included former Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi, former Rajya Sabha member Shahid Siddiqui, security analyst Qamar Agha, Milli Gazette editor Zafarul Islam Khan, Supreme Court advocate Ashok Bhan, former J&K interlocutor M M Ansari and former AAP leader Mufti Shameem Kazmi.

Sources said there was “near unanimity” among the non-official invitees that the situation had been allowed to drift in the Kashmir province.

“Some of us were of the opinion that strongly-worded statements, including by many senior ministers, in which Kashmiris were accused of acting at the behest of Pakistan, were only adding fuel to fire and should be avoided. There was also a feeling that some news channels were creating an impression that India was at war with Kashmiris. And this needed to be checked. Many other suggestions were made,” sources said, adding that “the chain of broken promises, which has led to deep distrust, needs to be connected”.

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    Yakobi
    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:47 am
    He is a hi ndu, desperado, doing his best to justify hind crime of hind uism slavery of citizens of Kashmir, but have no doubt , hindrance to truth hind uism terrorism by hind us terro rist of bahart is bound to fail.
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      Sonia Chumcha
      Aug 23, 2016 at 12:03 am
      A court in Kerala has sentenced a Christian missionary priest to 40 years in prison for repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl at the church where he worked, the prosecutor said Wednesday.lt;br/gt;Church priest Padre Sanil K. James was convicted of raping and secsxualy molesting the girl at a Salvation Army church in Kerala's Thrissur in 2014.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The 37-year-old Christian missionary priest is also being investigated for the rape of many children including another girl during the same period
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        Madhumitha
        Aug 23, 2016 at 6:20 am
        The PM has said, any solution should be within the framework of the consution of India. Vested elements in the media is suppressing this part of the PM's statement, and is publicizing as though PM has changed the government stand on the issue. Yes, the w India wants to solve the problems through dialogue, but the dialogue cannot be with those who attack us with stones, and the dialogue cannot be to dismember Kashmir from India. There cannot be any compromise with those who attack the security and integrity of India. The lasting solution will be: 1. Revoke Article 370, and allow full integration of Kashmir with rest of India, 2. Resettle Kashmir Pandits back in Kashmir, by providing secure homes, with compensation, 3. Ban Stone pelting in Kashmir, and make school education for children compulsory, 4. Anyone who use children for the "protests" and anti-India activities must be prosecuted under terror law, 5. Ban pellet guns and use real guns to tackle the stone pelting terrorists.
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          Maniktripathy
          Aug 23, 2016 at 6:31 am
          This douche bag free loader/looter HM is one of the worst and clueless as ever..This w governance is big on talk and no action in ground...We talk about Bouluchi's and POK, where we cannot even control situation in kashmir due to inept spineless governance...Yes india is changing...Yeah another selfie trip needed....
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            Neelini
            Aug 23, 2016 at 1:14 am
            Chanakyan criminal drama. Beware of those weasels and jackals.
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