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‘Centre’s actions have globalised Kashmir issue’ | India News


SRINAGAR: Centre’s actions — nullification of J&K’s special status and bifurcation of the erstwhile state — have “internationalized” the Kashmir issue to the detriment of India besides attracting criticism for human rights violations and stoking Islamophobia, says a report released by the five-member Concerned Citizens Group (CCG) led by former Union minister and senior BJP functionary Yashwant Sinha.
“Security experts have pointed out that the changes in J&K’s status have also prompted Chinese incursions in Ladakh,” it claims.
The CCG members are Yashwant Sinha, former chairman of Minorities Commission Wajahat Habibullah, Air Vice-Marshall (Retd) Kapil Kak, social and peace activist Sushobha Barve, and journalist Bharat Bhushan.
According to the CCG press statement, the Group visited Kashmir twice since August 5, 2019, the day J&K lost its special status and the erstwhile state was bifurcated into two Union territories.
“During our visits in September and November last year, we met a cross-section of people — journalists, civil rights activists, a Kashmiri MP, members of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce, lawyers, farmers and horticulturalists, sarpanchs and panchs — and found that the Centre’s actions had led to shock, trauma and humiliation amongst the local citizens,” the report says.
“Their simmering anger at their helplessness still persists. However, it is significant that the Kashmiris through their display of mature behaviour prevented public violence and chose mass civil disobedience instead to show unhappiness,” it adds.
The report disclosed that Kashmiris expressed their fear most vividly about “demographic change” by creating new settlements for outsiders. They believe that the Union government has used the pandemic-induced lockdown to implement domicile laws for the UT, but that has not helped allay their fears.
The CCG has made a nine-point charter of recommendations to the central government which include the release of former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and all Kashmiris, restoration of 4G services, start a multi-level dialogue process with all those affected by the August 5 decision, and compensate Kashmiri farmers and businessmen for their economic losses which were a direct result of the government’s actions.
It has also asked the GOI not to push through laws in the absence of a legislature and also restore land rights of Valley locals to prevent demographic change. “Restore constitutional position of J&K as it was when an election government was in power in June, 2018,” the CCG report recommends.

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