- By KMS News
Srinagar, February 20 (KMS): Former interlocutor on Kashmir, Professor Radha Kumar has finally conceded that India is not serious in resolving the Kashmir dispute and has been taking people of Kashmir for a ride without realizing their miseries.
Professor Radha Kumar in a media interview via telephone from Brussels, said that she was shocked to learn that the Indian government was not willing to hand over Afzal’s body to his family.
She said, “No person can be buried in the jail premises on the pretext of law and order. Government of India did many things, which can be termed unusual as far the execution of Afzal Guru was concerned. First of all it maintained secrecy and didn’t inform the family of Afzal; second it didn’t return the body to his family and third it ignored the people of Kashmir and forced them to remain in their houses.”
Professor Radha Kumar said it amply shows that the Indian government is not keen to heal the wounds of Kashmiri people, adding that she could say one thing with authority that India was not serious in resolving the Kashmir dispute and was just buying time.
She said that hanging of Afzal Guru had hurt Kashmiri people and lot of alienation would prove counter-productive in future. “We (interlocutors) worked hard for a year in Kashmir but what was the ultimate result? I am disappointed by the way the Indian Government has thrown our recommendations into the dustbin. I had thought that time the country was beset with so many issues and the Indian government would implement our main recommendations at an earliest but my hopes vanished when I fully realised that the engagement of interlocutors was a time-buying process,” Radha maintained.