Chidambaram believes in giving autonomy to Kashmir
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Mar 04, 2019, 12:06 PM
Former Finance Minister and Congress leader, P Chidambaram, at a book launch in Chennai, said that the government of India is “adopting a muscular, militaristic and majoritarian approach” which is the root cause of more Jammu and Kashmir citizens entering “into the arms of the militants”.
The former senior advocate of the Supreme Court reminded the people that under the law, Kashmir would be “autonomous”, apart from four subjects. He also added that though many people were either unaware of it, had forgotten it or had chosen to “conveniently ignore it”, this was the truth of the matter, and Kashmir did not agree to be a part of our country “unconditionally”, during the Partition of 1947.
The former Home Minister added that giving autonomy to Kashmir, by allowing them to formulate and follow their “own laws”, which is what they really desire, wouldn’t affect “India’s sovereignty” in any way.
Chidambaram said that, many governments over the years, not excluding his own party, had “eroded the autonomy given and promised to Kashmiris on the first day”. He said that the only way to deal with Kashmir would be to “try to win the hearts and minds of the people”.
He emphasized by saying that Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart, Late Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Congress leader Dr. Manmohan Singh, both ex- Prime Ministers of India, believed in giving autonomy to Kashmir, and not breaking the pact.
Chidambaram’s remarks were in light of the recent high-octane India-Pakistan tension, following the Pulwama attack by Pakistan on India where 40 CRPF soldiers were killed, and India’s reply by dropping 1000kg bombs over the largest terrorist camp in Pakistan.
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