KASHMIR CONFLICT

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The Kashmiri In The Barber’s Shop

We sat in the barber’s shop, listening to the cheerful melody of “Humko sirf tumse pyaar hai.” Then the music abruptly stopped and a news bulletin filtered into the room: some policemen and militants had been killed in Jammu & Kashmir’s Poonch region. The bodybuilder suddenly erupted with anger: “Kashmiris are such motherfuckers! They are bad people. They fight against their own country.” I then realized two things: the bodybuilder was drunk and that the man sitting next to him happened to be a Kashmiri.
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A.S. Dulat Is Wrong, Dialogue Won't Solve The Kashmir Problem

In a recent interview to The Wire, former RAW chief A.S. Dulat suggested that the only way to solve the Kashmir imbroglio is through dialogue, not aggression. I submit that Mr. Dulat's statements in this context are meaningless clichés and platitudes. They are totally superficial, and reflect little understanding of the realities of the Kashmir problem. Those who think that mere political dialogue can resolve the Kashmir problem are living in a fool's paradise. They do not know what is really happening. So, let me explain.