Sharad Yadav, Yashwant Sinha cut across party lines, plan J&K meet

Both Sharad Yadav and Yashwant Sinha were part of separate delegations which met separatist leaders in the Valley last year.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: May 8, 2017 10:39 am
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Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and former Union Minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha met on Sunday — their second meeting in a fortnight — to chalk out plans to bring together different groups working on Kashmir for a national conclave in the capital this month, which will attempt to seek a unified voice on resolving the Kashmir unrest and restoring peace.

Both Yadav and Sinha were part of separate delegations which met separatist leaders in the Valley last year.

Sources said leaders from all parties, including the ruling BJP, will be invited for the conclave, which is expected to be addressed by experts, activists and writers.

“Our attempt will be to make it an all-party kind of gathering. Opposition leaders will definitely be there. We will welcome all suggestions and hope some common voice emerges from the meeting to resolve the cycle of violence in the Valley. We are inviting all experts and members of different delegations which have visited Kashmir. We are also exploring the possibility of inviting some political leaders and experts from Kashmir,” said a source familiar with the planning of the entire exercise.

The meeting between Sinha and Yadav at the latter’s residence today was their second meeting in a fortnight. On April 25, Sinha met Yadav hours before the JD(U) leader called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, where they discussed the “urgency” of the Kashmir situation.

Yadav also called up former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today. On May 2, he met Singh and urged him to explore the possibility of working with different groups and committees involved with the Kashmir issue.

Singh has already held discussions with senior Congress leader from Jammu and Kashmir and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. According to sources, the former Prime Minister is likely to meet Sonia in the next few days to discuss the Kashmir situation.

Singh heads a Congress policy planning group on Jammu and Kashmir. Sinha chaired an informal group that visited the Valley twice last year and submitted a report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Yadav is keen that both groups should work together and rope in some other groups involved in similar activities.

The Congress group includes senior leaders Karan Singh, P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, Rigzin Zora, Tariq Hameed Karra and Shyam Lal Sharma.

When contacted, Yadav said a joint meeting of all such informal groups on Kashmir should be held in the capital because “as far as resolving the Kashmir issue is concerned, the lead has always come from Delhi”.

Yadav has also discussed the issue with CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, and spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti last month.

Meanwhile, among those who are likely to be invited to speak at the conclave are former R&AW chief A S Dulat, former interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir M M Ansari, former bureaucrat Wajahat Habibullah, former Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak and activist Sushobha Barve. “All the names will be finalised soon. It will be a large gathering. We will hold the conclave this month,” said a source.

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    l s
    May 8, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    Why not also invite Yechuri, Raja, kegri etc etc. Also Laloo and Mulayam can be include in this list. After all, these people are thrown-out past leaders, still c ing to power. They cannot do anything, except create more problems for the govt. Do not people know that after his last visit, Yashwant Sinha did not even get an appointment from our P M , though he had also visited the valley. This speaks a lot about these ex leaders thinking.
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      kempu
      May 8, 2017 at 3:12 pm
      The proposed conclave on Kashmir is a timely move initiated by non-Hindutva leaders, & is motivated by the political will to halt the "cycle of violence" in the Valley. The organisers of this conference should invite, besides the "mainstream" parties & the Hurriyat groups, the representatives of Kashmiri Pundits who have so far chosen to stay back in the Valley, those migrants who are wil to return to their native land, the faction led by the late Burhan Wani who, before he was killed, called upon his fellow azadi fighters not to touch Hindu pilgrims & pleaded with the Pundits to return & live as neighbours.This conclave should also listen to the successors of the "Muslim Conference" who felt betra by the rigged embly elections in the late 1980s, to Kashmiris living across the LoC, & to our jawans strugg on the frontlines. The gathering should outrightly reject militarist Hindu Rashtra politics & adopt Shri Vajpayee's vision : " Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jam iat ".
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        George Cruz
        May 8, 2017 at 8:33 pm
        The J&K is and has been an integral part of India since the independence in 1947 and more over historically the Kashmir was inhabited by the Hindus for many centuries until the Turkish invasion by the barbaric in the early 1100s. The NC and the PDP are the two sides of the same coin who are and have supporting the Kashmir separatist Islamic Jihadists, both parties ultimate aim is to establish another Islamic Caliphate but they call it 'Kashmiriyat', 'wishes of Kashmiri people', 'peace dialogue', 'Va ayee wishes'...blah,,...blah..blah....which the Indian citizens would never accept because once again the J&K is and has been an integral part of India.
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          kempu
          May 8, 2017 at 10:10 pm
          " Historically ", " in the early 1100s" there were hundreds of "Hindu" kings/princes/chieftains etc lording it over their territories & often flying at each other's throats. . . Let us go back to that state of affairs !
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        vasoo kamulkar
        May 8, 2017 at 2:20 pm
        Regrettably, both Yashwant Sinha and Sharad Yadav have lost their shine. They are redundant politician wanting to remain in the limelight. Many in Hindusthaan wonder whether the crushing blow over the PoK wasn't the need of the hour !
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          Sankaran Krishnan
          May 8, 2017 at 1:06 pm
          Very good initiative and let us welcome w heartedly the conclave and if it helps ton resolve the issue by addressing the problems faced by the J& K in the Valley. But do ensure there is no playing of petty politics over the issue and let all the Political Party Leaders find an solution acceptable to one and all along with Experts who are ready to give their guidance and let us hope for an amicable solution which is good for the State and as well for the Country so that we can move forward as a Nation at the Global Arena !!!
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            l s
            May 8, 2017 at 11:59 am
            Today, Kashmir should be handled with a iron hand. Locals pla into the hands of anti-nationals and Pak supported seperatists. The day's of decent talks are over. The state is going to dogs by the dogs. Leave the situation to the security forces and not any politicians. There time is up. Supply more and more pellet guns and let them be used freely, then see the returning to normalcy in a jiffy. Politicians cannot handle this situation any more.
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              mumbai
              May 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm
              for the past 40 years same message is given by many people. you did your part. now go and sleep.
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              Lovely
              May 8, 2017 at 10:48 am
              Before any discussion , let us discuss Kash Pandits. All talks are useless.
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                mumbai
                May 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm
                let the pandits go and talk about that. not the street dogs.
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                P.C.Kulkarni
                May 8, 2017 at 10:37 am
                Now bhakts will term Yashwant Sinha and Sharad Yadav as antintional and will be asked to go to stan
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                  bitterhoney
                  May 8, 2017 at 10:28 am
                  Did Hitler listen to anyone? Hitler is on kil spree.
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                    mumbai
                    May 8, 2017 at 1:59 pm
                    But hitler was not a joker.
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                    paban ghosh
                    May 8, 2017 at 10:00 am
                    The problem in Kashmir because BJP has a great expert on Kashmir 'The Great Ram Madhav'
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                      Ram
                      May 8, 2017 at 9:54 am
                      Well for track-2 talks, retired rootless politicians who think they are leaders with some following will be useful! These guys who cant win any elections still want to be in news by doing such acts. Why not keep them busy with such dud activities! Good going Modiji. If Diggy also is asked to do such thing, at least he will shut-up for some time making ic statements! Nitesh also will be happy to get at least one yadav off his back! Other fellow may go back to jail like sasikala any time! Please ask these fellows to talk stone pelters and at least take some stones on behalf of our security forces! Win win for all!
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                        rajan
                        May 8, 2017 at 11:44 am
                        Ram, What time you woke up to troll again? Who are your replacements when you doze off? What other aliases you use to do the job? What are your trol duty timings? Don't you feel excess of everything is bad? BJP, Modi, Bhagwat, RSS & Shah are known for their beliefs and/or misdeeds. Your leadership can't continue to fool the people with it's shallow rhetoric.
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                          praveen misra
                          May 8, 2017 at 11:55 am
                          Mr. Rajan if Modi and Bhagwat are bad so is the case with your's Sonia and Ghulam Nabi Azad who have already come to the conclusion that Kashmir belongs to Muslims only and Kashmiri Pundits don't have any claim over it. Shame on them and their supporters.
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                        yash sehgal
                        May 8, 2017 at 9:49 am
                        Dono chale hue kaartoos hain..useless, redundant..hungary for catching a ray of lime light to be seen again..May God give them a piece od sanity that this is not their age now..better sit down in any corner n write their memoirs..
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                          George Cruz
                          May 8, 2017 at 9:40 am
                          The reality is that the J&K is and has been an integral part of India and it is high time that the ill conceived article 370 be s ped and let the Indian citizens move/settle in the J&K. The NC and the PDP are the two sides of the same coin who are and have supporting the Kashmir separatist Islamic Jihadists, both parties ultimate aim is to establish another Islamic Caliphate but they call it 'Kashmiriyat', 'wishes of Kashmiri people', 'peace dialogue',...blah..blah....which the Indian citizens would never accept because once again the J&K is and has been an integral part of India.
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                            David
                            May 8, 2017 at 9:01 am
                            What about the return of 6 lakh pundits driven from the valley by Islamic fanatics. Do they matter. Nullify article 370.
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                              rajan
                              May 8, 2017 at 11:31 am
                              David, Using a Christian (or Muslim)name doesn't make you a ath in BJP nor can it create any wrong impression that Christians are now in favor of Modi the Monster. Neither secular Hindus nor Dalits can be taken in for long by your deceptive leaders.
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                                praveen misra
                                May 8, 2017 at 11:56 am
                                Secular Hindus mean enemies of Kashmiri Pundits
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                              Apte
                              May 8, 2017 at 8:50 am
                              1. New initiatives of Shri Sharad Yadav & Shri Yashwant Sinha to find a solution for the Kashmir problem are welcome. Here question is this: Both the NDA government and the separatists are not in a mood to sit across a table and discuss a possible solution. 2. Violence and boycott of pol have underscored the fact that peace will not return to the Kashmir valley any time in near future. Hence, question to be asked is this: What exactly ordinary people of Kashmir valley want? 3. I also seek an answer to my question: Who will rein-in terror outfits, as once they get a free hand, they are bound to suppress people in whose name they are now indulging in violence. 4. I wish to make one last point. uming that the people of Kashmir get real autonomy within the Cons utional framework, and the role of our army in Kashmir is considerably reduced, whose responsibility will it be to protect ordinary citizens of Kashmir and to stop infiltration of terrorists in our territory?
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                                vasoo kamulkar
                                May 8, 2017 at 2:55 pm
                                Aptesaheb, aplya mendoone kuthetaree aaptee khallelee diste! What exactly the ordinary people of Kashmir-valley want, you ask. Had anyone, during the Swarajya Movement cared to ask as to what the ordinary people of Hindusthaan wanted? Hindusthaan ought to 'israelite' the Kashmir imbroglio at once.
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                                vijaykumar
                                May 8, 2017 at 7:32 am
                                These leaders have not found any time to listen vows of kashmiri pandits. Now they seem to be working at the behest at s.
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                                  rajan
                                  May 8, 2017 at 11:25 am
                                  You have one retired or nearly retired actor seeking some job in BJP, raving& ranting all the time about Kashmiri Pandits. Why only now has he woken up to the reality of having been ousted from Kashmir? His sudden love for them after more than 30 years of stay in Bombay. Was he dozing under the influence of hemp or has he realised his Kashmiri background only now?
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                                    praveen misra
                                    May 8, 2017 at 11:58 am
                                    You boot licker of Jihadis. We have every right to talk about Kashmiri Pundits. We will keep on talking about them till the end of this earth. To with your stani masters
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                                  Atul Bhardwaj
                                  May 8, 2017 at 7:11 am
                                  Manmohan Sonia Azad fraud company,who looted the nation now want to share their expertise with separatist so that the Kashmir burns and they want to stoke the fire with the help of their agents in media. These are corrupt individual,who should be behind the bars.
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                                    Solution
                                    May 8, 2017 at 9:46 am
                                    Very good comment from behind the bar.
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                                      rajan
                                      May 8, 2017 at 10:57 am
                                      Expert Bhajtards think themselves to be knowing the panacea of all the ills. What is your Home Minister or PM doing except empty rhetoric. Mehbooba lost the support of Kashmir, the moment it joined hands with the crooks. Their cloak & dagger policy is not going to work in a sensitive state like Kashmir. It needs mature hand & BJP lacks such leadership. Do you think that a hard core RSS worker like Ram Madhav or an arrogance personified Ajit Doval (what is Modi's cross legged NSA's correct bname?) can resolve this issue? BJP is part of the problem because of it's 56" chest thumper; it can't handle this sensitive state. You can't use strong arm tactics everywhere & BJP doesn't know anything else. It's a party of the goons utterly devoid of cerebral stuff.
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                                        vasoo kamulkar
                                        May 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm
                                        Oye Rajab Ali, your comments would have been appreciated, had you not used your pseudonym. The only mature hand to solve the Kashmir imbroglio was the 'israelite' hand of Hindusthaan, which had once thumped stan's 65" chest. Do not forget the copy of Qur'an- Muhammad's thesis on raping nine year-olds, when you decide to emigrate!
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                                        rajan
                                        May 8, 2017 at 11:12 am
                                        Atul, Of all the politicians who deserve to be behind the bars but enjoying the fruits of power are your Modi, the Monster & Amit Shah the sham Chanakya
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                                        l s
                                        May 8, 2017 at 6:28 am
                                        These leaders are not genuine patriots. They are Pak supporters., like Yachuri, Raja, Kegri etc etc. The govt should stop them and not allow them to go. These same leaders went sometime back, what happened is there for everybody to see. One never heard these people condemning the pak atrocites.
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                                          rajan
                                          May 8, 2017 at 11:06 am
                                          Yeah, all the genuine patriots are only in RSS & BJP. All others are traitors, stani/ Khalistani/ Chinese agents. Ask your akas about the credentials of Godses, Savarkars & other so called veers. A party of profiteers posing as Soldiers (Summer) or Patriots(Sunshine)
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                                            praveen misra
                                            May 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm
                                            And ask your akas about S uddin and Massod Azhar.
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                                              vasoo kamulkar
                                              May 8, 2017 at 2:04 pm
                                              Oye Rajab Ali, speak only about the Stanis'; do not get worked-up with the valiant Sikhs. Godse did a geat job in slowing-down the growh of Rajabs in Hindusthaan. As for Swatantrya Veer Savarkar it was his major role that had eliminated LordS Clives from the surface of HIndusthaan. It was Savarkar and Subhash whom the Clives feared most- not hi-Nehru. While the fearsome patriot was despatched to the maximun security prison in the Andamans, hi-Nehru were served special goat's milk and Biryani in 'A' cl jails.by the imperialist. sods.
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