Prof Radha Kumar, one of the three interlocutors appointed by the government of India on Kashmir on Monday said it is essential that people are ready to establish conditions for any conflict to be resolved and unless the Kashmiri voices come forward nothing concrete can be expected to happen.
Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), she said that there can be slow movement, repetitions and breakdowns during the dialogue process but that should never affect the parties as the end result of the peace process is that something will emerge out of these consultations.
Pro Kumar said: “For sure there can be repetitions or breakdowns but it is important to keep the process going. As per media reports, the Hurriyat (M) leaders met Satish Lamba and A S Dulat which is very important as both of them will finally report to government of India.”
She expressed anguish over BJP remarks on Hurriyat-Sartaj Aziz meet held in Delhi saying that BJP has been always creating fuss on these important initiatives. “BJP is taking the entire peace process hostage. They tried to create hurdles in Aziz-Khurshid meet but the later went ahead despite stiff opposition from the BJP, which is of great significance,” she remarked.
She added: “What is wrong in taking Vajpayee’s initiated peace process ahead. What is wrong in that?”
Asked about the present status of interlocutors report on Kashmir, Prof Kumar said that unless Kashmiri voice comes forward nothing concrete can be expected as far as ther resolution of Kashmir problem is concerned.
“I want to ask the Kashmiri legislature, who are the elected representatives of Kashmir, did they ever bother to discuss our report in the State Legislative Assembly and the Council. Have they ever evolved consensus on that report. The Kashmir’s legislature is yet to evolve a consensus on their own roadmaps like Autonomy and Self Rule. They should combine all these roadmaps and evolve a consensus and then work for the resolution of Kashmir.”
Asked if the government of India is willing to consider their report in near future, Prof Kumar said: “First we have to think that do the people in Kashmir want this report should be considered or not. Because there is something in that report which is not liked by the people in Kashmir and something which is liked by them is also there. Similarly, the people of Kashmir must also evolve consensus on parts of the prime minister’s working groups recommendations they want to get implemented and the part they want to be excluded.”