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Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit

The two-day visit to Kashmir by a Congress team headed by Dr Manmohan Singh team has called for restoration  of the dialogue with the separatists to address the ongoing turmoil in the state.

Sep 18, 2017
The two-day visit to Kashmir by a Congress team headed by Dr Manmohan Singh team has called for restoration  of the dialogue with the separatists to address the ongoing turmoil in the state. The team held meetings with the political parties and the civil society organizations. Earlier, the team had visited Jammu to hold talks with the various stakeholders there. 
 
However, the delegation didn’t seek the talks with the separatist groups currently facing the investigation by National Investigation Agency for allegedly financing the protests in Kashmir. Similarly, the team has chosen not to touch the contentious issue of Article 35A which has been a source of much political uncertainty and public unease over the past some months. Though an assurance by the Home Minister Rajnath Singh has gone long way to reassure people, the doubts on this have persisted. 
 
Overall, the visit of Dr Singh has been reassuring, for his term in power now contrasts advantageously with the current regime in New Delhi so long as their respective policies on Kashmir are concerned.  Singh has another distinction. If there is a former Prime Minister who has made sustained efforts for the resolution of Kashmir during his term, it is Dr Manmohan Singh – albeit none of them came to fruition. 
 
His promising dialogue with Pakistan over four point formula which nearly pulled off a Kashmir solution fell through after the then Pakistan ruler Pervez Musharraf was ousted following lawyers’s agitation. Similarly, the recommendations of the five working groups were never implemented. And the outcome of his last initiative, the report of the three member group of the interlocutors has been consigned to dustbin.  Now as a leader of a very weak opposition, 
 
Dr Singh visit means very little for the Valley. But considering an exclusively security driven policy pursued by the NDA government towards Kashmir, one can’t but feel nostalgic towards Singh’s rule.   
 
Greater Kashmir, September 18, 2017

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