Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar Sunday said that what Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah claimed in his I-Day speech is not all correct. “New Delhi is not giving a different treatment to Jammu and Kashmir but it is true that people of Kashmir have such feelings and the Government of India must take proper measure to bridge the gap between Kashmir and India,” Aiyar told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS adding that Hindu fascist parties are hell-bent to divide people of Jammu and Kashmir on communal lines.
He said what Omar Abdullah has said is not correct. “New Delhi is not treating Kashmir differently but the fact is that Kashmiri people think so. Omar Abdullah might have his own thesis for claiming so. It is true that New Delhi should create such an atmosphere that people of Kashmir themselves feel that they are part of India,” he said.
He said that it is true that there is deep alienation and people of Kashmir have negative feelings about India. “The report submitted by Interlocutors was not taken into consideration and there is a need that Government of India must engage Kashmiri separatists seriously so that the roots of alienation could be weed out,” he said.
Senior Congress leader said that instead of harping that Kashmir is an integral part of India we should take some measure steps so that Kashmiri people feel that they are part of India. “There is a need to ponder over the fact that why people of Kashmir feel that they are not part of India. Such feelings arise only when there is something wrong on the ground. New Delhi must take steps to make Kashmiri people feel that they are part of the system,” Aiyar told CNS.
Criticizing the role of Bajrang Dal, VHP and other Hindu fascist parties, Mani Shankar Aiyar said that all their efforts to disrupt peace in Kishtwar failed. “People of Jammu and Kashmir believe in harmony and amity and they showed to these communal forces that they are one and don’t believe in their dirty politics,” he said.