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Solution needed immediately to end Kashmir impasse
No doubt, junior Abdullah has failed to read the situation correctly and has been unable to hold the ship steady in choppy waters of Kashmir. Omar must understand that the situation demands leading from the front.
IT IS almost a month that media has been highlighting violence in the Kashmir Valley without any positive solution. Separatists in Kashmir are setting the agenda which includes having a complete shutdown, general protests, student protests etc against human rights violations in Kashmir. 
 
Meanwhile, the violence continues unabated and a number of lives have been lost in the clashes. To deal with such a situation, the government is doing nothing besides imposing curfew day in and day out. The situation is going out of control and the government of the day being lead by the young Omar Abdullah is at a critical juncture.
 
No doubt, junior Abdullah has failed to read the situation correctly and has been unable to hold the ship steady in choppy waters of Kashmir. Omar must understand that the situation demands leading from the front and he should take this opportunity to take the challenges headon. 
 
Apart from violence, If we look at Kashmir as just another Indian state, the figures are highly surprising. This state has per capita income of just Rs 17,174 as against a national average of Rs 26,000. Its literacy rate is 55.55 per cent against a national average of 65 per cent. Other aspects of this state are poverty, lack of development and high rate of unemployment which either drive people to go outside the state or force them to join the militant groups. If we see the bitter side of history of the state it shows that development is the only cure for all its troubles.
 

Visits by high profile dignitaries to Kashmir is not going to make any difference. However, visiting Kashmir by dignitaries comes under the must do list, which always ends up in mere lip service. Like all successive governments, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has erred in his approach towards the resolution of Kashmir problem. Militancy is not the only matter; there are many other issues to concentrate on, which have fallen through the cracks in our fixation with geopolitics and security.

For the present generation, the holy aspiration of Pakistan hardly holds out any attraction. What turns them away from the state is lack of prospects and ventures in global India. The fake encounters show that human rights aspect remains a very painful point.  The development and human rights problems should be addressed by the state and Central government by reforming the polity and administration and not by sending more troops to the state.

The much hyped policy of zero tolerance for human rights violations must also be imposed. There are chances of bringing normalcy if the quality of life is improved. Only using the army and increasing the troops is not going to put Kashmir back on track. Hurriyat should work on a positive and constructive plan of development, instead of following Pakistan’s suggestion to win the people. 

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