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The Bishop's Triangle

At last, a meeting with the Hurriyat. This time it's a solid ground to build on. Updates

The Bishop's Triangle
Sandeep Adhwaryu
The Bishop's Triangle
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
After a five-month lull, a fresh wind is filling the sails of the Kashmir peace process. The prime minister's formal invitation to the Hurriyat to meet him in Delhi ends the suspense. A meeting is now certain to take place next week and will be a valuable prelude to Manmohan Singh's mid-September talks with President Musharraf in New York.

But will it achieve anything? The history of the Hurriyat's relations with the Centre has been one of consistent non-communication—from their refusal to talk to the NDA interlocutor K.C. Pant, to their inexplicable failure to meet Manmohan Singh during their visit to Delhi in January for talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. Why should anything be different today?

The short answer is—the dialogue between Pakistan and India has reached a point where both countries recognise that a Kashmiri ethno-nationalist input is essential to take it forward. Both have conceded—Musharraf explicitly and Manmohan Singh implicitly—that the Hurriyat is the most capable of providing it.

Even considering the possibility that...
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