Reacting to the statement made by former Home Minister of India P. Chidabaram wherein he said that Kashmir would go out of hand, if the Union of India continued with its utterly detestable attitude of indifference to what was happening in Kashmir, for months together, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader, Prof. Saif-ud-din Soz has said that the security forces in Kashmir are clearly seen the world over as pitted against an angry people and it would be better for people like General Rawat to know how and why this deep anger has grown over a long period through wrong doings like Machil Fake Encounter (accepted as fake by the Army) as there were draconian laws like AFSPA in shape that gave total immunity to the security forces in going to any extent in exercise of the force.
“I have known P. Chidambaram for nearly three decades and I can say with confidence that he is not given to seeking cheap popularity and he knows what constitutes Nationalism and Patriotism. What he said at Hyderabad is the right advice for PM Modi and his colleagues on how to deal with Kashmir through a responsible form of governance,” Soz told a local news agency in Srinagar.
Soz said that as Home Minister of India, P. Chidambaram had tried his utmost to convince his cabinet colleagues, especially the then Defense Minister, that AFSPA needed to be revoked immediately, but, alas he did not succeed. “I fervently hope that sooner or later, the Indian Nation will appreciate that P. Chidambaram had said something absolutely correct at the right time,” he said.
“I talked to P. Chidambaran today and told him that his consistent stand on Kashmir and the related statements are a celebration in Kashmir and that I salute his courage of conviction as a true patriot,” Soz said.