De-link Kashmir from Indo-Pak talks: Ram Madhav

A former RSS pracharak and, now, one of the most influential BJP leaders, Ram Madhav spoke to Kashmir Post about Centre’s recent peace overtures in the Kashmir Valley. Fifty-three-year-old Ram Madhav is the go-to man in the BJP for Kashmir-related affairs, northeast and internal security matters. A former RSS pracharak and, now, one of the most influential BJP leaders, Madhav spoke to Kashmir Post about Centre’s recent peace overtures in the Valley. The BJP general secretary said Kashmir and dialogue with Pakistan needed to be de-linked. Excerpts from the interview:…

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There can be no solution under the shadow of the gun: Dineshwar Sharma

The special representative to initiate dialogue in Kashmir on what led to unrest in the Valley and the way forward On October 23, Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced the appointment of former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Dineshwar Sharma as a special representative to “initiate” and “carry forward a dialogue” with elected representatives and various individuals in Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Sharma is a 1979 Indian Police Service officer of the Kerala cadre. He served as Director of the IB from 2014 to 2016. After his retirement, the Centre was keen…

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Kashmir Interlocutor will talk to all stakeholders, Including Hurriyat: Ram Madhav

In an exclusive interview, Madhav said, “If Hurriyat wants to come forward and talk to the interlocutor, I am sure he will be open to that.” With the October 23 announcement made by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh of appointing former director of Intelligence Bureau, Dineshwar Sharma, to resume political engagement with Kashmir, questions are being asked about government’s policy towards Kashmir. Is this appointment an admission of failure of its ‘muscular’ Kashmir policy? What has prompted this new level of engagement with Kashmiri leaders? Will the government appointed representative,…

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Kashmir is the most difficult job for the country: Dineshwar Sharma

Hurriyat groups are Indians, so Hurriyat automatically comes in: Dineshwar Sharma No authority has a right to talk outside Indian constitution I have been given a freehand to talk to anybody Radicalization has emerged as much bigger challenge than Azadi Local youth joining militancy is a big concern Media should fulfill their responsibility of not creating further unrest in Kashmir Former Director of Intelligence Bureau and New Delhi’s new interlocutor for Jammu Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma in an interview with Barkha Dutt, the Contributing Editor of The Week talks about the…

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Kashmir Business facing tough times : Javid Amin (CEO – Kashmir eServices)

Javid Amin is a personality of multi-talents and has been among the pioneers of bringing the IT world especially website related paradigms to Kashmir. He is also associated with travel business and running his own media initiatives (Press as well Online) . In an exclusive interview he talks to Rameez Makhdoomi. You started developing websites as early as 2000, How was the experience like? Well it is a quite pertinent question and to be frank enough back then some more than 16 years ago not just websites the whole Information technology…

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‘Tourists returning to Kashmir does not indicate that normalcy has’: Omar Abdullah

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir says the central agency’s raids on separatists in the Valley are not political but based on real evidence. In Srinagar, after months of anti-government protests and encounters between militants and security forces, the spotlight has turned to other matters: the threat to the state’s special status and the National Intelligence Agency raids on separatist leaders. At the same time, the Centre is talking about being open to dialogue with separatists and the state government is releasing tourism videos to shift the focus…

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Let youth create a Jantar Mantar in Kashmir (Open space for debate): Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Even as the unrest in Kashmir continues, the Hurriyat Conference is facing challenges from two sides. On one side the National Investigation Agency is probing Hurriyat leaders for alleged money laundering. On the other side, renegade Hizbul Mujahideen commander and presently the head of an Al Qaeda affiliate, Zakir Musa, is presenting the struggle in Kashmir as a religious war. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq discusses these challenges as well as the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, in a conversation. Q. Are you happy with the new state of affairs in Kashmir and…

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Pakistan & Joint Resistance Leadership is ready to talk, but is India ready? Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

‘This generation is fed up with subjugation, suppression and status-quo. Sadly, that is why some youngsters are taking to guns’ In a freewheeling interview Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq quotes that both Pakistan and joint resistance leadership is ready to talk, but the question is, is India ready? The current situation in Kashmir, especially after Burhan Wani’s killing, has turned world attention back on Kashmir. Isn’t it right time to materialize that attention into a dialogue? Resistance leadership has always been advocating a speedy resolution of the Kashmir dispute,…

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Scrap Art 35A and get ready for battle: Farooq Abdulla to Center

NC chief says joining the fight upto Hurriyat ‘It will affect Jammu more than Kashmir’ National Conference President and three-time chief minister, Farooq Abdullah warns New Delhi of dire consequences if the Supreme Court abrogates Article 35-A that provide special rights and privileges to Jammu Kashmir residents. In the first part of the free-wheeling interview the veteran politician shares his views on how bad things can get for New Delhi and in Jammu Kashmir if the apex court abrogates the law extended to J&K through a constitution order in 1954.…

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Opportune time to restart talks with Resistance Group: Mehbooba Mufti

In an exclusive interview, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti says dialogue or engagement should not be confused with appeasement as the exercise is for reconciliation In her first interview since the Amarnath attacks in which eight yatris were killed, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti says the widespread condemnation of the attacks showed Kashmiriyat is still most important for Kashmir, and advocated restarting the dialogue with separatists. There had been several reports and intelligence on a possible attack on the Amarnath Yatra. Where does responsibility for the…

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