Kashmir is ‘nearly’ lost: Chidambaram, ‘Centre using brute force to kill dissent’

SRINAGAR: Expressing displeasure over central government’s approach in handling “Kashmir issue”, former union home minister P Chidambaram has said that he has a feeling that Kashmir is nearly lost as the centre has been using brute force to kill dissent. He was addressing a meeting organised in New Delhi by Manthan, a public discourse platform on Friday.

Chidambaram said that he feared the situation would worsen if the Centre did not take up course correction like what was done by the Cabinet Committee on security in 2010. The graph of violence rapidly declined after that, but it has grown at an alarming rate now.

“Seven million persons of Kashmir valley felt alienated by the oppressive methods of the Indian government, which was a terrible mistake. The statement of Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat that anyone who interfered with defence operations would be treated as anti-national was the last straw,” a national newspaper quoted him as saying.

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