The writer is a senior Congress leader and a former Union minister
For now, Kashmiris feel besieged. Anger and alienation are bottled up inside. A new separatism is emerging. It is a separatism of the hearts and minds, especially in the young Kashmiris.
Ram had many pursuits in life. One of them was his interest in Kashmir. He was sad that his pursuit of the resolution of the Kashmir problem remained unfulfilled because of political one-upmanship, which spoilt the atmosphere in India.
Centre’s initiative on Kashmir will become meaningful if the Hurriyat Conference is involved in the process. Government should take a step further, reach out to Pakistan.
The field marshal’s military philosophy is a useful pointer and guide at this critical juncture in the Valley.
Sartaj Aziz’s participation in the Heart of Asia Conference on Afghanistan is a chance for India and Pakistan to defuse tensions, so that they can get back to talking with each other.