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Updated: August 27, 2010 11:44 IST

House divided over autonomy for J&K

Aarti Dhar
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A paramilitary soldier peers out from the window of an armoured vehicle during a protest in Srinagar. Amid heated debate over the Jammu and Kashmir situation in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Union Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah reiterated that Kashmiris – including from the PoK and the areas with China now – wanted to be with India.
AP A paramilitary soldier peers out from the window of an armoured vehicle during a protest in Srinagar. Amid heated debate over the Jammu and Kashmir situation in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Union Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah reiterated that Kashmiris – including from the PoK and the areas with China now – wanted to be with India.

BJP opposes demand, Left for package

Raised tempers and emotional speeches marked a discussion on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the Lok Sabha on Thursday with the Opposition parties expressing concern at the happenings in the Valley and the government's handling of it, but there were clear division over granting of autonomy.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was strongly against grant of autonomy and “azadi,'' the Left parties favoured political and economic package including “broadening of framework of autonomy within the sovereignty of the Indian Constitution.''

Need of the hour

However, it was Union Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah who stole the show by reiterating that Kashmiris – including from the Pakistan occupied Kashmir and the areas with China now – wanted to be with India.

“Those demanding independence do not realise the consequences of their demand,'' he said, while making a passionate appeal for winning over the hearts and minds of the Kashmiris.

Autonomy, Dr. Abdullah said, was the need of the hour and would strengthen the Indian federal system. “Soon all States will demand autonomy and this will be a healthy way to strengthen the Centre.''

Rejecting the demand for more autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, Murli Manohar Joshi (BJP) said the government should tell the people of Kashmir bluntly that demands for “independence or autonomy are not acceptable.”

The article 370 was itself a big mistake, now what more autonomy they want ? Instead of more autonomy think about abrogating the article 370 so that a mixed communitiy live there, let all industrilist start their industries there and develop kashmir like all other states.

from:  S.Panicker
Posted on: Aug 27, 2010 at 12:11 IST

I fully agree with Murli Mohan Joshi on this point. There is no question of granting them more autonomy at all. In any case it was that disaster to India called Jawahar Lal Nehru who created this problem. Let the Kashmiris reamin quiet for at least five years and actively help the Indian Government in inciting their brethern of POK to join them in India by revolting against and breaking away from Pakistan (of course if Pakistan continues to exist as an entity till that time) and then, and only then, can they be considered worthy of a hearing. Not before that.

Let us not forget that it is only India's pampering the Kashmiris that has brought the situation such a pass, as we see today. Nothing else.

from:  Asamanja GHOSE
Posted on: Aug 27, 2010 at 11:25 IST

problem of kashmir is a years old problem that need to be resoloved promptly and positively.each political party has a suggestion to put forward for resolution of this "seemingly perpetuating" problem,but the exact resolution cant be realised unless aspirations of kashmiris are not taken into cognizance.weather autonomy of NC can resolove the problem or not is a matter of debate,but the immidiate need is to redress the grieviances of common man,so called aam admi of UPA.When few days back ,killing of farmers in Aligarh prompted political leaders to visit homes of farmers,besides granting exgrataia,why such things are unheared of in kashmir.question that arises in my mind is that why this voilence was not seen before 2008.the answer may be defective adminstration.Also while UPA showed some interest in kashmir earlier,but latter turned away without any direct embroilment.so embarking on this ideology,i would say present govt in kashmir along with UPA are responsible for this voilence.granting autonomy to j@k will not solove the problem but will create domino effect for autonomy in other states which will end with flaring up of secessionist ideology.the answer to problem is apparent by following the proper constitutional procedure and indemnifying every innocent person in kashmir while meeting out reward for various dereliction.All parts of govt have to be made accountable to people.people have not to be educated about their fundamental and various other political and economic rights only,but these rights have to be realised as well.specially people of kashmir have to be treated the same way as people of other states.

from:  shafat
Posted on: Aug 27, 2010 at 11:06 IST

Hi ,
Granting autonomy to J&K is as good as partition. We have already seen the consequences of during 1947 and still facing problem because of it. Are we still following "British way" of solving our internal matter ?

I had met so many Kashmiri`s working in Goa ,B`lore etc struggling for their livelihood. More than independence they need economic reform.

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Aug 27, 2010 at 05:46 IST

In this scenario, I believe the Congress government is doing this to please its US bosses. The situation in Kashmir cannot be resolved by autonomy. First the special status of the state has to be repealed. Second, the security sans politics should be implemented. I would like to draw attention to a previous situation when congress government ordered a crack-down. But now it first let the unrest grow without addressing or apprehending the trouble makers, withdrew the army as US dictated and now "considering" autonomy. This makes one wonders if GOI is working for the betterment of India or US and Pakistan. Even considering such move is win for Pakistan and the terrorist. If this is the case, are they ready to do the same with Maoists. And logically, what is the wrong in maoists making the same demand? I also wish Mr. Singh to let us INdians know how much he and his cabinet needs to bribed to make him do something for our country, India? And what is US giving in return for him to do such a stupid act?

from:  Sivasathivel KANDASAMY
Posted on: Aug 27, 2010 at 00:38 IST

Turmoil in Kashmir certainly demands serious thinking though that doesn't mean preparedness to inundate its sovereignty by tossing around ideas like 'autonomy' or 'azaadi'. No dilution of our sovereign status is acceptable to an average Indian. So let's learn to be firm and resolute. We are already paying the cost of decades of indecisiveness!

from:  Prof Rishi Dogra
Posted on: Aug 26, 2010 at 22:59 IST
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