‘Elections rigged by State governments not by GoI’
Daanish Bin NabiPrem Shankar Jha, the author of ‘Kashmir 1947: The Origins of a Dispute’ is among the few Indian journalists who understand the complexities of the Kashmir conflict. The genesis of the conflict, he believes, lies in India's inability to understand Kashmir and Kashmiris. In an interaction with Rising Kashmir’s Op-ed Editor Daanish Bin Nabi, he talks of the flawed policies of New Delhi vis-à-vis Kashmir, Hurriyat, Musharff’s four-point formula and more. Excerpts:
- Yaseen and Ashfaq would have become part of an alternate political party if MUF had been allowed to win
- Hurriyat creation of Pakistan
- The moment Kashmiri leaders talk about Kashmir’s independence, ISI turns on them
- Pakistan discouraged Hurriyat from contesting 1996 and 2002 elections
- Geelani has great courtesy, backed by tremendous conviction and strength
- Musharraf had instructed his staff that he did not want to meet Geelani
- They had done too much to Masarat, so he had to come out
- PDP-BJP coalition bound to be attacked by the hawks
- Why has hostility been a recurring factor in the Kashmir-New Delhi relations?
- Do you think that RSS was responsible for the tension in the sub-continent?
- Do you think India’s Kashmir policy has been flawed, and marked by blunders like rigging of elections, political coups and other unfair practices?
- How do you view the 1987 elections? Do you think it was a turning point between New Delhi and Kashmir?
- In 1990, you served as the Information Adviser to the prime minister, VP Singh. Militancy was at its peak in Kashmir at that time. Who was responsible for the eruption of militancy in Kashmir?
- How do you see Hurriyat?
- What are your views on Musharaff’s four-point formula? Do you think there is any other solution to the political issue of Kashmir?
- There is a burning feeling in Kashmir that the extreme anti-Kashmir stance taken by the Indian electronic media and its constant fire-breathing has seriously jeopardized the chances of reconciliation between New Delhi and Kashmir. Do you agree?
- Was the reaction of Indian media on Masarat Alam’s release justified?
- What is your take on the PDP-BJP government?