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A Liberal-Pluralist Paradigm

the kind of direct control from Delhi, which has been in force since 1984. When Indira Gandhi concluded in 1984 that she would not replicate another Punjab crisis in Kashmir, she took the unwise step of dismissing her experienced kinsman. B K Nehru and replacing him by Jagmohan Malhotra, "a man of great determination whose abilities in suppressing communal disorders had been well displayed". It was a violation of both the 1975 Kashmir Accord, the 1952 Delhi Agreement, and it also went against Article 370. When V P Singh became prime minister in 1989, the Kashmiris were given a repeat performance of Jagmohan's strong-arm tactics. Undoubtedly, both occasions revolutionised India's relations with Jammu and Kashmir. The deplorable policy of imposing various governors, whose basic qualifications are hatchet men for the ruling elite in Delhi rather than honourable administrators with a grasp of the task in hand, has added to the disenchantment of the Kashmiris, and played ino the hands of the militants and Pakistan.

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