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Centre for ‘informed debate' on J&K report

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Union Ministers P. Chidambaram and V. Kishore Chander Deo leave after a Cabinet meeting at South Block in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: PTI
Union Ministers P. Chidambaram and V. Kishore Chander Deo leave after a Cabinet meeting at South Block in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: PTI

We are planning to hold workshops, says Chidambaram

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said the Centre was keen on having an “informed debate” on the Jammu and Kashmir interlocutors' report, while an all-party meeting on the issue was likely to be called soon.

“We are planning to hold workshops around the country in the next couple of months where the interlocutors will be available as resource persons…we want to have an informed debate that would help us in taking a decision on the report,” Mr. Chidambaram told journalists here.

All political parties would have to discuss and debate the report and come out with their own views. “It is also my view that at some point of time we should call an all-party meeting which gave rise to the appointment of the interlocutors. Meanwhile, I think political parties will also discuss the report and come up with their views. This is an important matter and I think we should approach it with a great degree of seriousness so that there is a genuine and informed debate on the subject,” he said.

Asked about the interlocutors' recommendations to form a constitutional committee to review all the Central Acts and Articles of the Constitution extended to Jammu and Kashmir, he said the government had not taken a view on it.

“Each one of us is a prisoner of the past. We should release ourselves from the past and genuinely participate in the debate. When the debate takes place, I am sure, different views will be expressed on the proposal to constitute a constitutional committee and let us look at the pros and cons of the report,” Mr. Chidambaram added.

The report — ‘A new compact with the people of Jammu and Kashmir' — prepared by the Centre-appointed interlocutors, Dileep Padgaonkar, Radha Kumar and M.M. Ansari, was made public on May 24 and the government has asked all stakeholders to come out with their comments and suggestions on it. One of its major recommendations is the setting up of a “constitutional committee to review all Central Acts and Articles of the Constitution extended to the State after the signing of the 1952 Agreement” that should give its report within six months.

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Muslims are the majority population in the Kashmir area. And they want to be "independent" of India or Pakistan. This people in India should consider. On the other hand, the majority population of Muslims living in Kashmir area should understand that there are minority population of Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains etc. who are living there. If the Muslim majority gets their wish, the minority should be allowed to live in peace and dignity enjoying the right to practice their respective religions. In the past, judging from what has happened in Pakistan, Afganistan etc. when a Muslim majority rules over a country, the minority population loses its rights. Especially if that country declares its state religion to be Islam. Under the circumstances, Muslims in Kashmir should sincerely build goodwill among the minorities living in their midst. No counry -- especially a hypothetical future Kashmir - can be at peace when its minorities are not free.

Posted on: Jun 1, 2012 at 05:46 IST

Its a very serious issue ,,, we should be sensitive to their problems
,,, its the most important issue after education

from:  chirag nagaraj
Posted on: Jun 1, 2012 at 04:59 IST

Article 370 should be abrogated and Jammu and Kashmir should come under
the purview of all laws that is applied in other parts of the
nation.That alone will help solve kashmir problem.The approach of the
congress party in appeasing separatists with carrot should be
stopped.Stick is the only answer to the problems of the State of Jammu
and Kashmir.

from:  manoharan
Posted on: May 31, 2012 at 22:08 IST

debate ? when was the last time we heard a good debate in our
parliament. What we get to see is shouting and indiscipline.

from:  arun mony
Posted on: May 31, 2012 at 21:38 IST

it will be same futile exercise as rest has been
same mistake done is not known as mistake;it is known as blunder,
that the centre is doing from the past 65 years to jammu and kashmir

so better to be not a part of that exercise

from:  asiya
Posted on: May 31, 2012 at 18:29 IST
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