Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Why rake up K-issue?

Isn't it quite untimely on Bharatiya Janata Party's part to raise the Kashmir issue at this juncture?
Considering the recent developments in India, one would have expected India's main Opposition to retort on issues like reservation, office of profit bill and the much-in-question oil price hike. But, leaving all the domestic troubles aside, suddenly India's main Opposition has raked up the Kashmir issue. It is not that Kashmir doesn't matter anymore, but the party has only reiterated what it has been saying ever since the UPA took the reins of India. Just that it is presented differently and the leaders mouthing it may be different, or even same.

The BJP has maintained that the Centre has a soft approach towards the terrorists, separatists and votaries of self-rule and autonomy. BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said that Pakistan has a 'wider game plan' to force migration of Hindus from Jammu and Kashmir. And recently, at a youth wing rally, BJP had made the demand that the UPA government should try to get UN resolution declaring Pakistan as terrorist state passed. This has not only been rejected by the government, but it has also attracted criticism from the Pakistan media. "Statements coming from across the border…often change from time to time, from being conciliatory and accommodating to belligerent and non-productive," The News International said. But the moot question is that if Kashmir is so important, then why did the BJP reject an invitation to the second Kashmir roundtable conference in Srinagar?

(Wriiten for HT on June 10, 2006)

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