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Are elections an answer to the Jammu and Kashmir imbroglio?

At the heart of any dispute are economic issues. For 51 years we have ignored this in Kashmir with disastrous consequences. We need to ask ourselves what has the average Kashmiri got from India and what has the Government done to ease the life and burden of the average Kashmiri. While we haven?t made great strides through the country in creating infrastructure, consider where we are in Kashmir - Mantosh Bhasin, Singapore

india Updated: Sep 10, 2002 18:02 IST

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 Shabir Ahmad Shah, Democratic Freedom Party: A comprehensive dialogue should have preceded elections. New Delhi has closed all doors of dialogue. They don't listen to anybody, not even to America Abdul Ghani Bhat, Hurriyat: These elections mean nothing unless a firm solution to the Kashmir problem is found. Elections are no answer to our question 

First Published: Sep 09, 2002 10:14 IST