SRINAGAR, Feb 25: Supporting former union minister P Chidambaram’s statement on Kashmir, senior Congress leader Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz said it is the right advice for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his colleagues on how to deal with Kashmir through a responsible form of governance.
”I was asked by many National Television channels today to comment on Chidabaram’s statement made by him that Kashmir would go out of hand, if the Union of India continued with its utterly detestable attitude of indifference to what was happening in Kashmir, for months together,” the former Union minister Soz said in a statement here this afternoon.
He said since ”Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who is also spokesman of the BJP has issued a rejoinder based on the BJP’s perception of patriotism, I thought I must express my thoughts in a statement.
”I have known Chidambaram for nearly three decades and I can say with confidence that he is not given to seeking cheap popularity and he knows what constitutes Nationalism and Patriotism.
What he said at Hyderabad is the right advice for PM Modi and his colleagues on how to deal with Kashmir through a responsible form of governance.
Soz said that the security forces in Kashmir were clearly seen the world over as pitted against an angry people and it would be better for people like Chief of the Army General Bipin Rawat to know how and why this deep anger has grown over a long period through wrongdoings like Machil Fake Encounter (accepted as fake by the Army) as there were laws like AFSPA in shape that gave total immunity to the security forces in going to any extent in exercise of the force.
He said ”as Home Minister of India, Chidambaram had tried his utmost to convince his cabinet colleagues, especially the then Defence Minister, that AFSPA needed to be revoked immediately, but, alas he did not succeed. ”
”I fervently hope that sooner or later, the Indian Nation will appreciate that Chidambaram had said something absolutely correct at the right time. ”Meanwhile, I talked to Chidambaran today and told him that his consistent stand on Kashmir and the related statements are a celebration in Kashmir and that I salute his courage of conviction as a true patriot, he said.