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Mehbooba talks tough, asks Kashmiris to ponder over what they are doing
Kashmir Business Conclave
11/13/2017 10:40:32 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Nov 13: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday talked very tough while addressing the first-ever Kashmir Business Conclave in Srinagar. She was just unsparing while taking on the people of Kashmir, including the Kashmir-based business leaders. She in a way questioned their whole approach and exposed their dual approach: Agitation and politics of bowl.
"Kashmiris beat their chests for months and then settle for waivers and incentives for losses. We as people have to decide, which side we are on. First, we protest then we come with a bowl asking for money. When things start to settle down, Kashmiris suddenly start agitating on an issue, particularly during the summer months, bringing all the activities to a standstill.
We don't even spare our schools and our kids stay home for months. We even burn down schools," she, inter-alia, said while taking on the Kashmiris.
The CM didn't just stop here. She taunted them, saying those who fight for their egos do not beg or play the politics of begging bowl. Questioning as to what the Kashmiris had achieved in past 30 years and asserting "not even an inch of land has not moved on any side, she candidly said that "Kashmiris, on one hand, equate the struggle to their egos and, on the other hand, demand waivers of debts which are a result of those agitations".
She said that their politics of agitation has created serious problem for the government. "People of India are debating among themselves as to why Kashmiris pelted stones at tourists even though the Government of India was allocating so many funds to the State," she said.
She also questioned their negative attitude towards the interlocutors appointed from time to time by New Delhi. "We close our doors when they come but later go to them asking for money". Obviously, she was referring to the separatists and Kashmiri business leaders' no to talks with the newly-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma.
She also took the opportunity to compare the Kashmir situation with that of Jammu and said the Kashmiris feel relaxed the moment they cross the Banihal Tunnel. "Every Kashmiri feels relaxed after crossing the Jawahar Tunnel and even boys pelting stones here go to Jammu and watch movies in theatres," the CM said.
No CM of J&K ever spoke so candidly about what the Kashmiri people had been doing as Mehbooba Mufti. She was absolutely right when she asked them to choose either path of ego-driven agitation or behave in a responsible manner so that there was peace in the Valley and no one felt the need of carrying begging bowls. She appeared all the more candid when she said that in Kashmir, Kashmiri oppose the idea of reopening the closed down theatres and in Jammu, those who pelt stones go to Jammu and watch movies in theatres.
It will be seen if the people of Kashmir give any credence to what the CM said in so many words and in unambiguous terms.
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