HT was flooded with responses to our question on possible solutions to the J&K crisis. Read on for some of the reactions. HT suggestion forum
The extant situation involving violent protests and blockades in the state is assuming alarming proportions. It’s incumbent upon the government to act fast and put an end to all sorts of violence. It is also imperative to calm the passions of all concerned. The government should hand over the management of the Amarnath shrine back to the Shrine Board and reconstitute it by involving both Hindus and Muslims. It should immediately take into confidence the Muslim and Hindu bodies of the state to thwart any attempt to communalise a trival issue. At no cost should the Central or state governments allow the centrestage of this tragic controversy to be “snatched away” by anti-social elements and seperatist forces operating in J&K.
For the last many decades, Amarnath pilgrims have been using the 100 acres for camps and no Kashmiri raised a finger to deny this facility. The question that needs to be probed is “whose bright idea was to allot specific land to the shrine board, that too without feeling the pulse of the people?” The culprit should be booked under strictest sections of the law. Even today there are people both sides who can extinguish the fire if allowed to come together for an amicable settlement. Some respected persons from both parts of the state along with agitation leaders (All Party Hurriyat Conference included) should be brought together to find a solution.
Col Kuldip Singh Grewal (Retd), Patiala
The only viable solution to the Amarnath land row is the one contained in the all-party resolution convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: that the pilgrims should continue to get the facilities enjoyed by them for the past 60 years and Amarnath Shrine Board should be allowed to erect temporary shelters for two months every year. The J&K government may use the land for the remaining 10 months in any manner it chooses but no permanent constuction should be allowed. The BJP should immediately speak to the leaders of the agitation to diffuse the situation.
Dalip Singh Ghuman, Chandigarh
The government as well as all parties in J&K is responsible in turning the situation ugly and beyond control. Still there is hope, if the problem could be resolved by taking into confidence all leaders leaving behind the politics. The 100 acres should be handed over to Shrine Board since religious sentiments of all communities deserve to be respected. Call all the respected leaders of J&K and reach a solution that too at one go, no more meetings and discussions as innocent people are suffering.
GK Arora, New Delhi
The people of Jammu and Kashmir should shun the path of agitation and work together for the progress of the state. Politicians have nothing to lose but common people continue to suffer. Yes, with belief I can say Jammu and Kashmir can remain J&K if politicians stop processions that cause loss of life and properties and sit together, not only to resolve the present issue but work for the progress of the state sinking their personal interests.
Kulbhushan Kanwar, Chandigarh
I am 63 years old and I have for the last five decades never seen peace in J&K, especially in the Valley. There are elements who will never allow peace to prevail. Kashmiri Pandits’ migration is an offshoot of the same. The solution to the crisis is as under:
1. Give separate statehood to Jammu Province
2. Keep Ladakh region as Union Territory
3. Give one district including Anantnag + Amarnath Shrine area as homeland to Kashmiri Pandits.
Let rest of Kashmir live as they like but under the control of the Indian Union.
Think over it.
Dr JL Raina (Sopori) Noida
Giving land for shelter to Hindus is not bad. Muslims should not oppose this noble cause. They should say that Hindus can build small temporary shelters. I am not in favour of any religion but Muslims also get a lot of facilities. The government makes Haj Camps in Delhi for visitors. At Delhi airport there is Haj Manzil. All should give and take.
Jeevan Kumar Mittal, New Delhi