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Azadi a flexible term: Radha Kumar

Amid controversy over suggesting Kashmiri students for preparing ‘Azadi’ roadmap and amendment in Indian constitution to accommodate a “discussion on Azadi option”, the Kashmir interlocutors on Thursday said the ‘Azadi’ is a “very flexible” term having different meaning for different people.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2010 08:57 IST
Arteev Sharma

Amid controversy over suggesting Kashmiri students for preparing ‘Azadi’ roadmap and amendment in Indian constitution to accommodate a “discussion on Azadi option”, the Kashmir interlocutors on Thursday said the ‘Azadi’ is a “very flexible” term having different meaning for different people.

“It is a very flexible term. Our task is to explore the nuances in coming days,” said Dr Radha Kumar, one of the interlocutors while winding up their first visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

She, however, denied that they had not asked the delegations in Srinagar to prepare a roadmap for ‘Azadi’. “People came with ideas and we asked them to come next time with greater details. We did not ask them to prepare the roadmap as the preparation of roadmap has been entrusted to us,” she remarked.

Over controversy regarding amendment in Indian Constitution, she said, “It was a fabrication. The Indian constitution is a very beautiful. It demonstrated its flexibility time and again. And if there is agreement between parties on some solution, I am sure the Indian Parliament would be very happy to consider it.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had come down heavily on Radha Kumar for her reported suggestion that the constitution could be amended to accommodate a “discussion on the azadi option for Jammu and Kashmir.”

The leading Kashmir interlocutor, Dilip Padgaonkar made it clear that any solution to the Kashmir problem should be acceptable to all regions and sections of the state. “The solution should have complete endorsement of the Indian public opinion as it expressed in the Parliament of India and then only we can carry things forward,” he said.

He said, “We are at the beginning of a journey that will be long and arduous one. This was our first visit to try and understanding the complexities of the J&K situation.”

Padgaonkar said they would brief the Centre and also discuss their impressions with the all parties central team that had recently visited the state.

He said they did not visit the high security Kot-Bhalwal jail in Jammu to meet the separatist Shabir Shah and their visit was only to get details of the detunes who were there in connection with militancy related incidents.

They also said next time they would come with an intent to spend four to five days and go to some of the districts in Jammu and Kashmir.

Radha Kumar and Dilip Padgaonkar had arrived in Jammu on Wednesday after concluding their four-day-long visit to the valley. The third interlocutor is M M Ansari, who had gone back to Delhi.'Azadi’ a flexible term: Radha Kumar

Arteev Sharma

arteevsharma@gmail.com

Jammu: Amid controversy over suggesting Kashmiri students for preparing ‘Azadi’ roadmap and amendment in Indian constitution to accommodate a “discussion on Azadi option”, the Kashmir interlocutors on Thursday said the ‘Azadi’ is a “very flexible” term having different meaning for different people.

“It is a very flexible term. Our task is to explore the nuances in coming days,” said Dr Radha Kumar, one of the interlocutors while winding up their first visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

She, however, denied that they had not asked the delegations in Srinagar to prepare a roadmap for ‘Azadi’. “People came with ideas and we asked them to come next time with greater details. We did not ask them to prepare the roadmap as the preparation of roadmap has been entrusted to us,” she remarked.

Over controversy regarding amendment in Indian Constitution, she said, “It was a fabrication. The Indian constitution is a very beautiful. It demonstrated its flexibility time and again. And if there is agreement between parties on some solution, I am sure the Indian Parliament would be very happy to consider it.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had come down heavily on Radha Kumar for her reported suggestion that the constitution could be amended to accommodate a “discussion on the azadi option for Jammu and Kashmir.”

The leading Kashmir interlocutor, Dilip Padgaonkar made it clear that any solution to the Kashmir problem should be acceptable to all regions and sections of the state. “The solution should have complete endorsement of the Indian public opinion as it expressed in the Parliament of India and then only we can carry things forward,” he said.

He said, “We are at the beginning of a journey that will be long and arduous one. This was our first visit to try and understanding the complexities of the J&K situation.”

Padgaonkar said they would brief the Centre and also discuss their impressions with the all parties central team that had recently visited the state.

He said they did not visit the high security Kot-Bhalwal jail in Jammu to meet the separatist Shabir Shah and their visit was only to get details of the detunes who were there in connection with militancy related incidents.

They also said next time they would come with an intent to spend four to five days and go to some of the districts in Jammu and Kashmir.

Radha Kumar and Dilip Padgaonkar had arrived in Jammu on Wednesday after concluding their four-day-long visit to the valley. The third interlocutor is M M Ansari, who had gone back to Delhi.'Azadi’ a flexible term: Radha Kumar

Arteev Sharma

arteevsharma@gmail.com

Jammu: Amid controversy over suggesting Kashmiri students for preparing ‘Azadi’ roadmap and amendment in Indian constitution to accommodate a “discussion on Azadi option”, the Kashmir interlocutors on Thursday said the ‘Azadi’ is a “very flexible” term having different meaning for different people.

“It is a very flexible term. Our task is to explore the nuances in coming days,” said Dr Radha Kumar, one of the interlocutors while winding up their first visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

She, however, denied that they had not asked the delegations in Srinagar to prepare a roadmap for ‘Azadi’. “People came with ideas and we asked them to come next time with greater details. We did not ask them to prepare the roadmap as the preparation of roadmap has been entrusted to us,” she remarked.

Over controversy regarding amendment in Indian Constitution, she said, “It was a fabrication. The Indian constitution is a very beautiful. It demonstrated its flexibility time and again. And if there is agreement between parties on some solution, I am sure the Indian Parliament would be very happy to consider it.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had come down heavily on Radha Kumar for her reported suggestion that the constitution could be amended to accommodate a “discussion on the azadi option for Jammu and Kashmir.”

The leading Kashmir interlocutor, Dilip Padgaonkar made it clear that any solution to the Kashmir problem should be acceptable to all regions and sections of the state. “The solution should have complete endorsement of the Indian public opinion as it expressed in the Parliament of India and then only we can carry things forward,” he said.

He said, “We are at the beginning of a journey that will be long and arduous one. This was our first visit to try and understanding the complexities of the J&K situation.”

Padgaonkar said they would brief the Centre and also discuss their impressions with the all parties central team that had recently visited the state.

He said they did not visit the high security Kot-Bhalwal jail in Jammu to meet the separatist Shabir Shah and their visit was only to get details of the detunes who were there in connection with militancy related incidents.

They also said next time they would come with an intent to spend four to five days and go to some of the districts in Jammu and Kashmir.

Radha Kumar and Dilip Padgaonkar had arrived in Jammu on Wednesday after concluding their four-day-long visit to the valley. The third interlocutor is M M Ansari, who had gone back to Delhi.'Azadi’ a flexible term: Radha Kumar

Arteev Sharma

arteevsharma@gmail.com

Jammu: Amid controversy over suggesting Kashmiri students for preparing ‘Azadi’ roadmap and amendment in Indian constitution to accommodate a “discussion on Azadi option”, the Kashmir interlocutors on Thursday said the ‘Azadi’ is a “very flexible” term having different meaning for different people.

“It is a very flexible term. Our task is to explore the nuances in coming days,” said Dr Radha Kumar, one of the interlocutors while winding up their first visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

She, however, denied that they had not asked the delegations in Srinagar to prepare a roadmap for ‘Azadi’. “People came with ideas and we asked them to come next time with greater details. We did not ask them to prepare the roadmap as the preparation of roadmap has been entrusted to us,” she remarked.

Over controversy regarding amendment in Indian Constitution, she said, “It was a fabrication. The Indian constitution is a very beautiful. It demonstrated its flexibility time and again. And if there is agreement between parties on some solution, I am sure the Indian Parliament would be very happy to consider it.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had come down heavily on Radha Kumar for her reported suggestion that the constitution could be amended to accommodate a “discussion on the azadi option for Jammu and Kashmir.”

The leading Kashmir interlocutor, Dilip Padgaonkar made it clear that any solution to the Kashmir problem should be acceptable to all regions and sections of the state. “The solution should have complete endorsement of the Indian public opinion as it expressed in the Parliament of India and then only we can carry things forward,” he said.

He said, “We are at the beginning of a journey that will be long and arduous one. This was our first visit to try and understanding the complexities of the J&K situation.”

Padgaonkar said they would brief the Centre and also discuss their impressions with the all parties central team that had recently visited the state.

He said they did not visit the high security Kot-Bhalwal jail in Jammu to meet the separatist Shabir Shah and their visit was only to get details of the detunes who were there in connection with militancy related incidents.

They also said next time they would come with an intent to spend four to five days and go to some of the districts in Jammu and Kashmir.

Radha Kumar and Dilip Padgaonkar had arrived in Jammu on Wednesday after concluding their four-day-long visit to the valley. The third interlocutor is M M Ansari, who had gone back to Delhi.'Azadi’ a flexible term: Radha Kumar

Arteev Sharma

arteevsharma@gmail.com

Jammu: Amid controversy over suggesting Kashmiri students for preparing ‘Azadi’ roadmap and amendment in Indian constitution to accommodate a “discussion on Azadi option”, the Kashmir interlocutors on Thursday said the ‘Azadi’ is a “very flexible” term having different meaning for different people.

“It is a very flexible term. Our task is to explore the nuances in coming days,” said Dr Radha Kumar, one of the interlocutors while winding up their first visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

She, however, denied that they had not asked the delegations in Srinagar to prepare a roadmap for ‘Azadi’. “People came with ideas and we asked them to come next time with greater details. We did not ask them to prepare the roadmap as the preparation of roadmap has been entrusted to us,” she remarked.

Over controversy regarding amendment in Indian Constitution, she said, “It was a fabrication. The Indian constitution is a very beautiful. It demonstrated its flexibility time and again. And if there is agreement between parties on some solution, I am sure the Indian Parliament would be very happy to consider it.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had come down heavily on Radha Kumar for her reported suggestion that the constitution could be amended to accommodate a “discussion on the azadi option for Jammu and Kashmir.”

The leading Kashmir interlocutor, Dilip Padgaonkar made it clear that any solution to the Kashmir problem should be acceptable to all regions and sections of the state. “The solution should have complete endorsement of the Indian public opinion as it expressed in the Parliament of India and then only we can carry things forward,” he said.

He said, “We are at the beginning of a journey that will be long and arduous one. This was our first visit to try and understanding the complexities of the J&K situation.”

Padgaonkar said they would brief the Centre and also discuss their impressions with the all parties central team that had recently visited the state.

He said they did not visit the high security Kot-Bhalwal jail in Jammu to meet the separatist Shabir Shah and their visit was only to get details of the detunes who were there in connection with militancy related incidents.

They also said next time they would come with an intent to spend four to five days and go to some of the districts in Jammu and Kashmir.

Radha Kumar and Dilip Padgaonkar had arrived in Jammu on Wednesday after concluding their four-day-long visit to the valley. The third interlocutor is M M Ansari, who had gone back to Delhi.