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Thursday, Oct 28, 2021
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Few Voluble Nothings

A report from the interlocutors raises suspicion, leaves no one pleased

Few Voluble Nothings
Waseem Andrabi
Few Voluble Nothings
outlookindia.com
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No Returns

  • Home ministry quietly puts up report filed by Padgaonkar, Kumar and Ansari (with Chidambaram above) on its website
  • They were to interact across the political spectrum in the wake of the 2010 agitation in J&K
  • Their report has been widely rejected in the state
  • Critics say proposals for regional councils can deepen schisms
  • Reservations expressed over proposal to review central laws extended to J&K after 1952
  • Disappointment that the panel hasn’t recommended revocation of special powers for armed forces

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India has set some of its most intractable problems before committees, which have predictably produced reports but rarely found solutions. It has turned out no different—in fact, even worse—with the three interlocutors appointed by the government in October 2010 to study the Jammu & Kashmir problem, “identify the contours of a solution and draw a roadmap towards it”. The map they have come up with—a 176-page report—isn’t one anyone in Kashmir wants to follow. As if aware of the report’s lack of appeal, the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) put it up on its website two days after Parliament adjourned, almost surreptitiously, some would say.

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