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Interlocutors, Task Forces and Ground Realities in J&K

The interlocutors and task forces now at work in Jammu and Kashmir can come up with something useful only if they pay attention to regional aspirations and recommend measures to end grievances in the three regions of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh.

The Government of India has a ppointed three interlocutors to “start (a) dialogue with all groups in Kashmir” and has appointed two task forces one for Jammu and the other for Ladakh “to examine their development needs with particular reference to deficiencies in infrastructure and make suitable recommendations”.

Whatever be the standing and competence of the interlocutors – Dileep Padgaonkar, M M Ansari and Radha Kumar – their appointment was widely criticised for being light weight and for the noninclusion of a heavyweight political leader among them. But more important than the composition of the inter locutors is to define their task. As far as a dialogue with the separatists is concerned, all the separatists refused to speak to the inter locutors, saying that it was a futile e xercise – though the interlocutors stressed their role in resolving the Kashmir issue.

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