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Updated: August 12, 2013 23:31 IST

Kishtwar violence rocks Rajya Sabha

Sandeep Dikshit
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Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley speaks during the monsoon session, in New Delhi. File photo
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Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley speaks during the monsoon session, in New Delhi. File photo

Amidst disturbances, the opening day of the week saw Rajya Sabha discussing the violence in Jammu region with Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, fielded in place of indisposed Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, arguing that it was local in nature.

Asking members not to over-extrapolate the violence that led to a curfew in the region, flag marches by the Army, and a controversy over Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley’s detention in the region, Mr. Chidambaram contested suggestions by some members that the tension and violence was linked to terrorism and external aggression.

The minister sought to delink the communal violencefrom the separatist movement as well as the current military tension along the Line of Control.

Mr. Chidambaram also commented on the prevention of Mr. Jaitley’s visit to Kishtwar, and the subsequent furore over the issue by BJP members, saying the call was taken by the local administration. Mr. Jaitley stated that “the country’s sovereignty and integrity was at stake” and asserted that the violence was not merely an inter-community clash. BJP members called the decision to detain their leader “undemocratic”.

Referring to the restrictions imposed in areas in Kashmir under Section 144 [which prohibits protests, demonstrations and processions by 5 or more persons], Mr. Chidambaram said it is a “status-neutral and gender and caste-neutral section of the law.” The House reconvened in the morning on Monday to four separate issues: anger over Mr. Jaitley’s treatment in Kashmir; calls to ‘save’ Andhra Pradesh; protests by Left Party MPs against the Kerala solar scam controversy; and the Bahujan Samaj Party’s anguish over the death of a Kishtwar district unit President’s son who was murdered during the violence. While most protestors relented eventually, TDP members persisted in chanting slogans and refused to move from a spot near the Chair of the House. K.C Tyagi (Janata Dal United)’s threat of retaliating in the same manner quietened the TDP members and they sat down, near the podium, in silence.

It took several adjournments and a frank Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien to restore order in the House, after which most leaders were allowed to briefly speak on the issue.

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The post harps more on what Mr Chidambaram said in RS, ignoring completely the apprehensions raised by the Leader of Opposition. It does not mention the call by Geelani to attack Hindus in Kishtwar and anti-national posters there. Comparing the situation with Gujarat 2002 (vide the published comment) is puerile to say the least. What triggered Gujarat riots? Why does the govt not even mention the arrangements for the return of pundits in Kashmir valley? Did muslims leave Gujarat? The Hindu anyway has been pathetic in reporting sensitive and nationally important subjects.

from:  VMNS
Posted on: Aug 13, 2013 at 06:05 IST

I want to make a couple of things clear. Green flag is not Pakistani flag. Pakistani flag has a cresent and a star emblazoned on it. You would see green flags fluttering atop many Muslim tombs across the country. It is a color somehow representative of Islam like Saffron for Hinduism. So every time crowds wave green flags it doesn't mean that they are waving Pakistani flags. Second, the violence affected both the communities, so we should not try to politicize the tragedy for political gains. Those people who are crying about the lack of police action to prevent riots should look within themselves and ask where was the administration headed by their PM candidate when mobs were left rampaging & marauding for days to target a particular community. BJP has a history of making political gains out of communal riots be it Babri Masjid, Gujrat massacre or Kandmahal massacre. I request the party not to fish in troubled waters of Kashmir like it did in 2008. Don't try to make JK another Gujrat.

from:  Ahmad
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 15:48 IST
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