People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 05, 2006
Ensure Sustained Dialogue
Tarigami At The Kashmir Round Table Conference
challenges facing India today in Kashmir are to ensure to undo the past blunders
and evolve credible mechanisms and institutions for sustained dialogue at
different levels, between New Delhi and Islamabad and between New Delhi and
different shades of opinion in different regions of Jammu and Kashmir, observed
Com.Mohd.Yousuf Tarigami, Jammu and Kashmir state secretary of CPI(M) in his
opening remarks at the round table conference on Kashmir convened by the Prime
Minister. He felt this kind of mechanism would bring the much-needed momentum to
the Indo-Pak peace process.
is the first kind of meeting initiated by the Union government involving leaders
of various shades of opinion for finding a solution to the long pending problems
of Kashmir region. Tarigami began his speech asking the participants to observe
a minute of silence in memory of innocent victims killed in Handwara violence. 4
young boys lost their lives in Handwara violence. Welcoming the Government of
India’s initiative, Tarigami said that nobody is expecting overnight
solutions. He observed that the process to find solutions is important.
He stressed the importance of the process of dialogue and discussion and
felt that it requires careful thought and commitment. Experience shows, he said,
that confidence among the concerned parties can be built through a properly
ordered process and feared that it can also get retarded with poorly prepared
told the audience that evolving credible mechanisms for interaction between the
people must be corresponded simultaneously by both the sides of Line of Control
through bus, rail services, respective legislatures and through join economic
said that CPI(M) considered providing a greater degree of regional autonomy to
Jammu and Kashmir is important to make any breakthrough. “We have suggested
that Jammu and Kashmir be converted into a federation and dilutions made in
Article 370 be rectified”, he said.
regret at the non-participation of separatist leaders in the roundtable,
Tarigami said this was an opportunity for them and they should have attended the
meet. There could be agreements and disagreements but “it is not the end of
Hurriyat and the separatists can join later and the application of force will
not lead us anywhere...dialogue is important,” he added.
The Prime Minister convened the round table conference on Kashmir that was attended by Congress, NC, PDP, Panthers Party, BJP, CPI(M), CPI and intellectuals and cultural groups.