People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 42

October 17, 2010




‘Unsatisfactory Composition’


On the appointment of interlocutors by the central government, CPI(M) state secretary, M Y Tarigami has issued the following statement on October 13, 2010.


THE composition of the group of interlocutors is unsatisfactory because it may not serve the purpose with which it has been constituted.


Although we have full faith in the integrity and honesty of the people who have been named as interlocutors but we have been all along vehemently demanding constitution of a parliamentary panel keeping in view the political nature of the present crisis.


The initiatives taken by the government of India in the past to hold dialogue with the voices of dissent in Kashmir have suffered due to trust and credibility deficit, the institution of dialogue deserves a serious approach keeping in view the sensitivities embedded in the Kashmir issue.


We were expecting that the central government will form the group of interlocutors, while taking into consideration past experiences regarding the dialogue in J&K. But it seems yet again, a causal approach has been adopted much to the disappointment of those who are eager to address the issue through the process of dialogue and debate.


Keeping in view the magnitude and nature of the present crisis in Jammu & Kashmir, CPI(M) had suggested constitution of a parliamentary panel assisted by experts as interlocutors which could have proved more effective in initiating dialogue with all shades of political opinion in the state.