JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Decentralisation, Autonomy and Effective Governance: Policy Options for Resolving the Kashmir Imbroglio

The author is Assistant Professor in the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
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  • April-June 2018
    Volume: 
    12
    Issue: 
    2
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    This article looks at the essential conditions for a durable peace in Kashmir and argues that the Valley has been most peaceful only during an active, on-going peace process. The lack of effective and continuous engagement with key stakeholders, especially the people of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), has fostered a sense of deep alienation and enduring distrust. It further argues that counterinsurgency operations need to be simultaneously augmented by an active peace process engaging all stakeholders. This would mean a dialogue between the Centre and the J&K and Mainstream and Separatist parties as well as between the different regions of the state. The different political attitude in the Valley, Jammu and Ladakh can serve as a roadblock to a lasting peace if a dialogue is not underway. It recommends urgent steps that must be taken to regain the confidence of people and move closer towards resolution of the conflict.

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