Srinagar: Prof Saifuddin Soz, former Union minister, has issued the following statement to the press on Sunday:
“In recent times, I went wrong on two occasions – one, when I described the Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh’s narrative around the visit of All Party Parliamentary Delegation to Kashmir as conducive to the dialogue process and for sensitising PM Modi on Kashmir, and the second time my calculation failed me was when I assessed that RSS/BJP had started responding to the unrest in Kashmir. This assessment was based on RSS/BJP senior functionary Ram Madhav’s statement that ‘even Moon could be offered to Kashmir within the constitution of India’.
Now, Kashmiris should realize what is what? Ram Madhav, who is also BJP General Secretary (Incharge J&K State), has revealed his mind fully before senior journalist Karan Thapar in an interview telecast by India Today on September 10 that the BJP’s position on the question of Autonomy was clear and there was no change in that. He also refused to give a straight answer when asked about his ‘Moon’ comment. He answered Karan Thapar’s another question by saying that if PDP raised the question on expansion of Autonomy, the PDP would be told that the BJP had a consistent stand on this question.
The video of this interview left me in no doubt that Ram Madhav’s latest position indicates contradictions that might have developed between the BJP and the RSS. I felt as if a dove had changed its position to appear to be a hawk.
Let it be, as it may.
Meanwhile, I reiterate my plea that it is high time at this critical moment in Kashmir that the mainstream parties, (including NC, Congress, PDP, CPM, PDF, DNP) make their stand clear on the Kashmir question and tell the three stakeholders (among others) in clear terms as to what they should do under the present circumstances; the Hurriyat, the Govt of India, and the Govt of Pakistan.
The current critical situation urges it (the mainstream) to perform this duty.”