Arun Shourie interview: ‘Focus on what can be done now — to improve governance, the life of people’https://indianexpress.com/article/india/https-indianexpress-com-article-india-jammu-and-kashmir-unrest-militancy-mehbooba-mufti-bjp-narendra-modi-hurriyats-5243256-5244721/

Arun Shourie interview: ‘Focus on what can be done now — to improve governance, the life of people’

Delhi needs to play a more proactive role on the ground. And Kashmiris need to shed fanciful goals like azadi and start preparing a blueprint for the future without the baggage of the past, says Arun Shourie.

Arun Shourie interview: ‘Focus on what can be done now — to improve governance, the life of people’
Arun Shourie said, “today, they are full of anger. Today they feel they can wrest azadi by the gun. Today, they must be thinking that they just have to take violence to a particular level and Pakistan will rush in and do a Bangladesh.”

So, we should talk to the Hurriyat, you say…

I would go farther. The established political parties as well as the Hurriyat leaders have, in fact, lost ground. New leaders must be emerging among, say, the stone-pelters and among those who are actually taking to the gun. We must locate them and do our best to reach out to them also.

Today, they are full of anger. Today they feel they can wrest azadi by the gun. Today, they must be thinking that they just have to take violence to a particular level and Pakistan will rush in and do a Bangladesh. Or that the “Kashmir issue will be internationalised” and the UN or some others will come and complete the job of compelling India.

Read the full interview here.