The situation in Jammu, marred by violence over the revocation of the order transferring 39.88 hectares of forest land to the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Broad, is worsening by the day. The entry of obscurantist and fundamentalist forces on the scene has exacerbated the problem. Their provocative efforts have vitiated the atmosphere. The Jammu & Kashmir administration has failed to appreciate the feelings of the common masses, who are least interested in the controversy. The BJP, as a responsible Opposition party, would do well to join hands with the government to resolve the issue. The visual media should exercise restraint and stop romanticising the issue.

N. Divakar,


It is unfortunate that the Army had to open fire on protesters in Kathua when they tried to block the entry of essential commodities to the Kashmir Valley. Before the unrest takes too violent a turn, the leader(s) of the Shri Amarnathji Yatra Sangarsh Samiti, which is spearheading the ongoing agitation, should be persuaded to participate in talks to arrive at an amicable solution.

A. Jainulabdeen,


The ongoing agitation in Jammu and Kashmir is bereft of wisdom and principle. The protests are baseless. The State government has handled the land row with utmost care. Even while cancelling the land allotment order, it promised to provide logistics and other facilities to the Amarnath pilgrims through the Tourism Department. The SAYSS has unnecessarily made it an issue.

P. Senthil Saravana Durai,


The attitude of the ruling dispensations at the Centre and in J&K is evident from the fact that they revoked the order allotting land to the Shrine Board without consulting all the parties or calling an all-party meet. But when it came to “minority” sentiment, they found it necessary to convene a meet.

Ananth Seth,


It is unfortunate that every issue is viewed in our country from the communal angle. The merits of the issue are ignored. The land transfer row is not something that has to do with the BJP or the RSS. It is a genuine issue which involves the question whether Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India or not.

A section of Indians want a piece of land to put up transit camps in another part of India, not some foreign country. Let us not call all those who favour the land allotment communal.

Yogender Kumar Sharma,

New Delhi The best solution under the present circumstances is to hand over the land to the Army or the CRPF for 10 years for the sole purpose of putting up transit camps for the Amarnath yatris. The force can be responsible for its maintenance and security while the SASB can handle the administrative part of the pilgrimage. This will satisfy the agitating population of Jammu while the Muslim population in the Valley will also not have any serious objection.

Lt. Col. H.S. Gur (retd.),