March 2003 News

Kashmir Crisis Has Become An Industry For World : Tarigami

17 March 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: People's Democratic Forum (PDF) Legislature Party leader Mohd Yusuf Tarigami said today that Kashmir crisis has become an industry around the whole world and opined that three factors were responsible for the problem. In an interview, to Doordarshan Jammu conducted by its Director Fayaz Shehereyar and produced by Dr Sohan Koul, Tarigami explained the first factor the Pakistan establishment's refusal to accept the reality that Muslim majority Kashmir sided with India at the time of partition. Second factor was New Delhi having failed to learn lessons that in a federal country, Kashmir enjoyed a special status. 'In 1947, the people of Kashmir sided with federal and secular India', he recalled and advised Pakistan establishment to know that history can't be changed selectively. Saying that politics is a mission for him and not profession, he said his sole aim in the politics is to solve the people's problems. 'This is my ideology and identity', he asserted. Asked that how a champion of 'anti- establishment' has today become a part of establishment, the PDF leader said the present administration is led by Mufti Sayeed which was determined to change the concept of administration. 'People of the State have given their mandate for a change. We have to honour the mandate', he said but clarified that there was no change in his fight for the people's cause. Only instruments have changed, he pointed out. Referring to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's announcement that mistakes won't be repeated, Tarigami said the Centre must identify the mistakes and ratify them. 'Mere statement won't do', he averred. He said application of force can't solve Kashmir problem. Both India and Pakistan must take lesson from it, he asserted. He said the main question was having a political will to solve the problem. 'What Centre gained from KC Pant, Jethmalani and Arun Jaitley? Now, it's N N Vohra, who has been deputed for the talks. More important is that people have to be taken into the confidence', he added. 'Ladte Rahen (we keep on fighting)', is Tarigami's political ambition. To a question on Baghliar project, Tarigami regretted that the previous Government didn't adopt procedure while allotting the project to Jai Parkash industries. 'Procedure of inviting tenders for the project would have saved expenditure. NHPC was also there', he pointed out. He said the Jai Parkash management must change its attitude towards the labourers. Police too had to change its anti-labour attitude, he added. The veteran Marxist leader said his election from Kulgam was itself an example that Kulgam was not the hub of fundamentalism. He said Sheikh- ul-Alam and Lalded were identity of Kashmir and there was no place for fundamentalism. To a question on his decision not to join the Ministry, Tarigami said he has no love for the Ministry. 'Gen K V Krishna Rao (former Governor) and Farooq Abdullah knew that my name was there in the Ministers list in 1996 but I refused to join. Now also, Mufti Sayeed and Congress leadership requested me to join the Cabinet many times but I turned down the offer', he disclosed.


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