Monitoring Media

November 9, 2017 0 Comments EDITORIAL 58 Views
Monitoring Media

With many controversies engulfing the New Delhi appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, there are many issues being faced by the interlocutor, currently on Valley’s visit. Ironically, Mr Sharma is coming heavily on the stakeholders and extending a formal invitation to them for having a dialogue with New Delhi.  A group of journalists, who met the interlocutor at Hari Niwas, quoted him as saying “I am analyzing the content of local newspapers here. He has said that some some local newspapers and social media indulge in “anti-national propaganda”. Another journalist, who met Sharma, said he put forth demands faced by small newspapers in Kashmir. Monitoring content in the local newspapers won’t help, however monitoring the situation will definitely certainly would. Ironically, the New Delhi wants to bring peace though using various prisms like tourism and highest influx of tourists to the Kashmir region. A group of journalists of small scale newspapers said that the small newspapers (dailies and weeklies) have been doing a great service for the peace and development of the State and never encouraged violence. However, the state government has ignored them.  The journalist said the interlocutor assured him that he would take up the matter with J&K Governor N N Vohra and all these issues would be resolved. If New Delhi wants to bring peace in the restive State, then the process of peace has to be initiated and the stakeholders should be taken on board. If you embarrass the stakeholders and try to bring peace at the gunpoint, it is certainly going to back-fire you. Same is the case with the current peace process; the stakeholders must be taken on board. Recently Syed Ali Shah led Hurriyat group said that a state representative, on the intervening night of November 4 and 5, expressed desire to meet the Hurriyat chairman to facilitate his meeting with the designate interlocutor. However Hurriyat has said that it “forced negotiations” have no political or moral justifications. The Geelani said that they rejected dialogue offer. Mere rhetoric and wastage of time won’t do any service to New Delhi and nor to the Jammu and Kashmir. In all this, GoI’s interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma seems optimistic about his 4-day visit. Sharma had invited mainstream political parties for a dialogue on Kashmir, and it has been made clear by the government that Sharma has the mandate to talk to anyone he wishes to. From the beginning, the mainstream political parties, who also lauded the step taken by the government, were not counted among those averse or disinclined to the resumption of talks.

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