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Kashmir needs political engagement, not military solutions: Jairam Ramesh

The Congress leader made the remarks at the launch of a book -- 'Kashmir as I see it' -- penned by Ashok Dhar, the founder-director of the Kolkata chapter of the Observer Research Foundation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A woman raises slogans during a protest march led by JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik (unseen) on the third day of strike, in Srinagar, Monday
A woman raises slogans during a protest march | Photo: PTI

and former Union minister Tuesday said the issue is a political problem and agencies such as the IB and R&AW should play a lesser role in it.

The made the remarks at the launch of a book -- 'as I see it' -- penned by Ashok Dhar, the founder-director of the Kolkata chapter of the

"It is not a military problem, but a political problem. So when Satyapal Malik became the governor (of Jammu and Kashmir), I was elated... that the first time there was recognition that retired civil servants and army officers do not hold the key, and this needs a process based on political engagement," Ramesh said.

"There are people who believe that infrastructure development is the key and that bringing investment in the state will solve the problem. I think now we have come to realise that this is a political problem," he said.

The said intelligence agencies need to play a secondary role to the political system in the issue.

"We all will be better off if there's lesser involvement of agencies, like the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), in and more political engagement," Ramesh said.

He also said any solution to the Kashmir issue should be acceptable to the rest of the country and "not just Delhi".

"Whatever solution we come up with has to be sold to the rest of the country. The rest of the country has moved on in the last 40-50 years. The solution acceptable in the 50s and 60s may no longer be acceptable to them," Ramesh said.

First Published: Tue, June 04 2019. 19:25 IST
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