With the suffering and pain that the people of Kashmir growing manifold which have cropped up in the current situation, one characteristic has been particularly striking– and that is the support and protection that that the majority community has accorded to the religious minorities. In given situation of conflict, minorities, quite naturally, tend to feel anxious and unsure. It goes to the credit of Kashmir’s deep-rooted ethos of communal brotherhood and amity that the minority communities have stood side by side with the majority community and the majority community has taken care of the needs and protection of minority communities. Importantly there are instances when majority community members have visited their minority brethren and provided them financial and material support to take care of their basic needs. Despite certain occasional aberrations, Kashmir must take pride to have taken care of its inclusive and syncretic character. It is important for all political formations and communities to conduct their politics and daily activities in a manner that the bond between various communities is only strengthened. This moment demands a responsible political conduct from all, including the political parties that operate in the electoral arena. Kashmir must uphold its pluralism and amity in all circumstances. The Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who has shown a tremendous pressure in her public appearances after the unrest broke out in the valley, too has finally appealed joint resistance camp, led by veteran politician and chairman, Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani. While reaching out to the protesters in a desperate bid to restore peace across the valley, the under fire, first woman chief minister has finally pitched for “substantive dialogue” with all the stakeholders, including separatists and Pakistan, through an institutionalized mechanism to resolve Kashmir issue. During her meeting with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Mufti stressed on the need for a credible and meaningful political action on ground to restore peace in the restive Valley which has witnessed as many as 70 civilian deaths since July 8 when the current unrest broke out. It has been learnt that Mufti outlined a three-pronged action plan before the Prime Minister, including involvement of separatists and Pakistan in substantive dialogue. However, it did not spell any details. Stating that she has been in power for just the last two months, Mehbooba said: “I appeal to all those protesting in the streets. You may be angry with me, I may be angry with you, but please give me one chance.” Handling current situation shouldn’t be further mishandled and mismanaged by the State actors. New Delhi must resolve Kashmir as per needs of humanity and the assurances given to the Kashmiris. While most of the politicians have been talking about Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyatwhen the human lives are lost, there is no accountability as far as such civilian killings across Kashmir are concerned.
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