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Updated: August 24, 2010 12:18 IST

“Situation in Kashmir serious”

Shujaat Bukhari
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CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat with party leader Mohammed Salim addressing a press conference in Srinagar on Monday. Photo: PTI
CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat with party leader Mohammed Salim addressing a press conference in Srinagar on Monday. Photo: PTI

Karat calls for a strict no-firing policy to face stone-throwing crowds

Terming the current situation in Kashmir “extremely serious,” Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat on Monday said there was no justification for needless deaths when protesting youths were only throwing stones.

Talking to journalists, he said the CPI(M) was shocked at the death of 62 youths in the firing by the Central paramilitary forces and the police. These deaths could not be condoned and “we have a deep sense of sympathy with the families who have lost their young members.”

“There can be no justification whatsoever for these needless deaths when the protesting youths were only throwing stones. There has to be an immediate end to these brutal and inhuman police firings. There has to be a strict no-firing policy to face stone-throwing crowds. Other measures are to be resorted to in such confrontations.”

Mr. Karat said the CPI(M) did not share the view of the Government of India over Kashmir and “we are of the opinion that Jammu and Kashmir has to be treated as a special case and not in a conventional manner. Provisions of maximum autonomy are the only way forward to find a political solution.”

The process of dialogue should be open-ended and involve all sections of people. He urged the Centre to have a road map for talks. “I don't subscribe to the view of the Home Minister [P. Chidambaram] that protests were engineered.”

The CPI(M) leader said talks with Pakistan should also be resumed and it should cover all the issues. “It is necessary to take the dialogue in J&K forward.” The State administration should provide adequate compensation to those injured in the police action and rehabilitate those who had permanent disabilities.

To help restore normality, the administration should release all juveniles detained and lodged in prisons.

“We appeal to people, particularly the youth, to pursue their protests through peaceful means.”

“Amend AFSPA”

Mr. Karat demanded that the government amend the Armed Forces Special Powers Act to remove certain draconian provisions. “Till then, the Disturbed Areas Act should be withdrawn from Srinagar and certain other civilian areas given the significant decrease in militant activities. This will make the use of the AFSPA redundant in these areas.”

The Prime Minister's assurance about zero tolerance of human rights violations should be implemented. Action should be taken against those guilty in the Pathribal incident and the recent Machil fake encounter.

Besides announcing Rs. 5 lakh for the injured in hospitals, Mr. Karat said the CPI(M) central committee's next meeting would be devoted to Kashmir and “we will come out with our own approach paper.”

The CPI(M), he said, had been consistently advocating the need for a sustained political dialogue with all sections in the State to eventually reach a political settlement. It was unfortunate that the UPA-II government had totally failed to pursue this path.

“The way forward is by recognising the special status of the State and the need to assure the Kashmiri people of their identity. These require a new political framework in which the bedrock is maximum autonomy.”

CPI(M) central committee member M. Salim and State secretary M.Y. Tarigami were present.

Hard to imagine any body dreaming about Pakistan as their country of dreams. Like the Kashmiri Pandits have been evicted by the bullies from their home land, ideally Kashmiris should be sent to their dreamland and can live ther happily ever after. But Indian Govt and CPI(M) in particular failure in its own state are out of touch with reality and dither constantly and let problems fester. So India has to live with the problem unless a solution is forced upon it.

from:  adami
Posted on: Sep 6, 2010 at 23:46 IST

Give us freedom and take your illegal forces out that is what we want.

from:  mir hussain
Posted on: Sep 6, 2010 at 05:21 IST

Remember, Mr Karat, the Indian Army and the Indian police are not exactly trained to throw stones. They have better things to do.

from:  Asamanja GHOSE
Posted on: Sep 6, 2010 at 02:47 IST

I was 16 years old when i went to a municipal office to get my nephew's birth certificate. I was asked for a bribe by a young government employee working there.Then on several occasions I was asked by my father to give money to government officials. i have been angry at our government since and decided to leave india in 1974. What has the government done in the last 60 years? no infrastructure, education is non-existant for the poor, no health programs......I can go on and on, similiarly Pakistan has taken billions of dollars from world organizations and done nothing for their people. Wake up people, all these problems we are having now are direct result of corruption in the government. Unless there is a revolution, nothing is going to change. Happy in America.

from:  raju
Posted on: Sep 2, 2010 at 10:50 IST

The holy ghost of AFSPA needs to be inundated, so does the STF,SSB in parts of Kashmir, this blog seems to be filled with naive sympathisers of Israeli defence forces, how on earth can you equate stone throwing with the trigger happy savages running amok and at times firing unprovoked at unarmed civilians, how can justice be sought when the pall bearers of Afzal Guru are crumbling under Indian media pressure, when the carnage creators of Godhra roam free, masjid blasts roam free and Islamophobia creeps into the media.

from:  Asif
Posted on: Aug 26, 2010 at 14:36 IST

Now I will vote for CPI-M, they deserve this.They have come out with truth. Indian govt. could use rubber bullets but no,their intention is not to quell the protests but to kill.

from:  Arnold
Posted on: Aug 26, 2010 at 10:50 IST

It is high time that India stops this vicious cycle of violence.Stop terrorising people, allow them to protest which is their right in a democracy. For last 63 yrs. India could not Indianize Kashmiris and can not for next 100 yrs.

from:  Latif dar
Posted on: Aug 26, 2010 at 06:26 IST

It is great to hear from you Mr. Karat. I salute your courage, you being the only man who wrote something valuable for the hapless Kashmiris. Let the people comment crap without seeing what the fact is. You will surely be rewarded hereafter because you support what is true. I salute you once again.

from:  Arif
Posted on: Aug 25, 2010 at 23:43 IST

Kashmir should BE GIVEN IMMEDIATE POLITICAL PACKAGE to stop further loss of lives and bring normalcy in the region.

from:  satish
Posted on: Aug 25, 2010 at 18:42 IST

Great Work Mr Karat.
True leadership Qualities you have. You have really proved different from rest of the leaders.
It's really not the matter of being Indian or Kashmiri or Hindu..It's Humanity and Justice that matters.
People may write all the crap but we being Indians have RIGHT TO FREEDOM and that's we demand. Also since Kashmir was never an integral part of India.

from:  Majid
Posted on: Aug 25, 2010 at 11:04 IST

I think these remarks made by Mr. Parkash Karat is a blow to every Indian army men who is there in Kashmir. It is very easy to say that they are only pelting stones. I would like to remind our Mr. karat that you can make such remarks when you are sitting on a cousin in an air conditioned office, taking tea with snacks not when you are there on the field having a mob of people shouting anti-Indian slogans, throwing everything they have got on you(not only stones), burning down public property. The conditions can't be much better for you to say that. Atleast I don't think that they find it amusing throwing stone on the army/police. And you are concerned about the deaths of youth Kashmiris who are committing an act of civil disorder, but you are not concerned about the deaths of the martyred army/police personnel in Dantewada or those who are getting brutally killed everyday in Kashmir for the sake of civil reorder. Where is your sympathetic attitude towards the youth for them. You think it is their (police/army) hobby to fire tear gas shells or bullets on innocent youth. They must have done something wrong to get this kind of treatment. You must be thinking that this political remark will strengthen your political foundation. If not I am requesting you to stop politicising these sensitive issues for your personal interests.
If you can't help sort it out then atleast dont make it more chaotic.

from:  Pankaj jain
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 15:05 IST

It is surprising and humiliating to know that a few thousand stone throwing youths, who have not understood the implications of their actions, can bring the once mighty CPI(M) to knees. I hope the power and wishes of 100 crore Indians is more important and potent than few misguided youths of Kashmir, few editors, few intellectuals and few political leaders.

from:  anil p.
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 11:27 IST

His views are not proper. Kashmiri pandits are living in a pathetic condition which Mr. Karat can not see. Is Azad Kashmir a free Kashmir? Stone pelting is less spontaneous, more instigated by cross border intelligence. Government of India is taking care of all aspects and moving very cautiously. This is right approach. Mr. Karat and his party has made less contribution to India.

from:  Arun Das
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 10:27 IST

Does Parakash Karat know that injuries from stone pelting can easily lead to death and serious injuries? Many of our jawans have been seriusly injured. Lets all pelt stone at CPIM leaders next time when they are in streets. OR the best option is to send CPIM cadres to fight the stone pelters. Stone pelting has now become fashionable among Jijadis world over - see Palestine.

Firing from tear gas could cause damage but that the stone pelters should understand the consequence. In many cases mob violence had let to torching of police stations and govt buildings. So what does Karat wants us to do? The CRPH must retaliate to protect properties and maintain law and order.

I am an ex Jawan and know how much restrain we take.

from:  Gopal Patil
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 07:12 IST

India has never been a united country historically speaking, and even now we have people with double speak and personal agenda. The problem is that we elected some of them we do not need!

from:  Vorshal
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 06:35 IST

At least, one guy spoke the truth!

from:  Faisal
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 04:53 IST

It is nice to see that at last some political party has come up openly to voice against the Government of India policy on Kashmir. So many people have lost their life particularly the youths. It is so common to hear the killings of kashmiris by the armed forces that we dont even raise a voice for the innocent and unarmed. It is high time we realise our mistake and feel the agony of the people of Kashmir. CPI(M) has to be congratulated for being the first to raise the voice against the brutal atrocities.

from:  Rocky Decosta
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 04:36 IST

Mr.Karat statement is wrong.Kashmir situation became serious how? so called kashmir your and kashmir women are shouting slogans against India and throwing stone at our respectful jawans.Those so called kashmir yours and women are not doing ontheir own, i strongly Believe
they are being instigated to do linke this by an external force.This time for us to suppoert our military jawans.Let us not paly political game to get or gain unwanted sympathy from kashmir muslims.We must Quell ongoing unwanted protest with iron fist.Let us take situations to our control then will call them for meaningful dialogue with in the frame work of our constitution.
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from:  K.viswanathan
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 02:00 IST

Why don’t you go there and tell the people stop the violence in the Valley,and do the similar help to the Pundits.

from:  BS Reddy
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 01:25 IST

The statement may be well intentioned and an acknowledgement of the situation in kashmir by a main stream party in india,however it has never been just about autonomy in kashmir.

The demand has been for "freedom" which means freedom from india.Indian politicans may try to spin the situation in every which they can but unless the real demand is given due consideration the dispute will continue to simmer.

from:  abrar
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 00:18 IST

Mr Karat talks of identity of the kashmiri people and that their special status demands provisions for maximum autonomy. Well, the people of every state in India has got their own unique cultural and linguistic identity so if we go granting calls for autonomy and separate states to whoever demands it...very soon very little of India will be left. Whats happening in Kashmir is truly brutal a place that beautiful doesnt deserve this...but autonomy is not the answer to it. Integrate kashmir into India. Dont throw it away..

from:  Raktim
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010 at 00:03 IST
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