In your view, what is the best way forward for Kashmir? What if India gave up on Kashmir?
As a Kashmiri and a non political entity, the best future Kashmir can have is only with India, even if India is riddled with so many problems of its own, especially corruption. This is owing to India’s multiculturalism, and secular dynamic makeup.
In India, people are seen to be moving forward and not bound by rituals, religion and faith factors from dawn to dusk. Kashmir would be grabbed in minutes if not hours, were India to give up on Kashmir! Do you feel that people like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yasin Mallik and other separatists. who have recently been calling Kashmiri Pandits their brothers and talk about their "anxious wait" for the KPs' return to Kashmir, mean well? Or is all this just a political stunt?
It is a complete political stunt. A handful of Kashmiri Pandits who stayed back in Kashmir despite the turmoil are now being used as ‘showpieces’ by these hardliners who have changed their tunes and are now calling upon them. Where were they when stories trickled out, about betrayal and treachery by their own brethren?
The Kashmiri Muslims had whispered these stories amongst themselves in gatherings, but never have they accepted them. It is merely a political lip service, nothing more. Image: A scene from the Mishriwala refugee camp at Jammu in 1991Picture copyright: Vijay Koul. Any unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.Also see: 'We should not have given Kashmir a choice'