Kashmir’s chief interlocutor Dilip Padgaonkar on Thursday said “there is need to create conducive atmosphere in J-K for a fruitful dialogue as there is greater degree of anger and stifling atmosphere here”.
“There is need to allow mass protests if they are peaceful. I believe democratic rights were being held in breach,” said Padgaonkar while address a conclave in Srinagar.
He said the recommendations to the Centre has been made on these lines and is hopeful that these recommendations would be accepted and implemented.
Padgaonkar cleared his position and delinked the governance issues with the bigger problem of Kashmir. “Our reflection on governance issues does not intend to move away attention from the problem of Kashmir. But the fact remains there are layers of aspirations among different socio-economic and cultural groups in J-K’s different parts,” said Padgaonkar.
He said the interlocutors, selected on October 13,2010, will complete its first year and by October 14, 2011 the report will be made public. “We can lay out different alternatives and people will be asked to choose or suggest their options,” said Padgaonkar.
He called upon mainstream and separatist political parties to talk within for a broader consensus. “There is also need of a dialogue within the regions,” said Padgaonkar.
He expressed his desire to end isolation of Kashmir. “All routes, including Silk Route should be opened for hassle-free trade and movement of people,” said Padgaonkar adding “some people are getting used to gain from status quo”.
He reiterated his invitation to separatists to join the dialogue process. “Let’s not start the dialogue with any precondition. I have not laid any precondition for dialogue and the separatists should do the same,” said Padgaonkar.