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  1. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    Kashmir could see a Delhi style referendum if the Aam Aadmi Party were to form the next government at the centre. In an interview with Aaj Tak's Seedhi Baat, senior AAP leader Prashant Bhushan called for a referendum in the valley to decide whether or not the Army should be deployed to deal with internal threats in Kashmir.

    "People should be asked whether they want that the army to handle the internal security of Kashmir. Any decision which does not have the backing of the people is undemocratic. If people feel that the Army is violating human rights and they say they don't want the Army to be deployed for their security then the Army should be withdrawn from the hinterland," he said.

    Bhushan nuanced his views adding, "The government can decide if the Army needs to be deployed to deal with external threats along the border. The government can also decide if the Army needs to be kept to help protect the minorities in the valley. But there should be a referendum on whether people want AFSPA to continue in the valley or not."

    When pressed on what would happen if the referendum suggested that the people of Kashmir wanted to break away from India, Bhushan said, "Secession from India is unconstitutional. We have to find solutions within the purview of the constitution. We have to win the hearts of people in the valley who have moved away from the mainstream since they feel that they Army has been deployed in Kashmir against their wishes and is violating their human rights."

    Bhushan had stirred a hornet's nest in September, 2011 when he had called for a plebiscite in Kashmir at a press conference in Varanasi and had said that Kashmir should be allowed to break away from India if Kashmiris did not want to stay as part of India. Bhushan no longer supports severing Kashmir from India but still backs the idea of a referendum on deploying the Army. Prashant Bhushan's controversial comments come on a day the Aam Aadmi Party announced ambitious plans to contest the general elections of 2014 and the party's views on national issues are now being put under intense scrutiny.

    Opponents of the Aam Aadmi Party pounced on Bhushan's views on Kashmir. BJP spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh said, "Prashant Bhushan should remember he no longer runs a NGO. Demilitarisation of Jammu and Kashmir is a language that is being spoken by separatists in Pakistan and Bhushan as a senior AAP leader is playing into the hands of the separatists by making such comments. Till the terror infrastructure in Pakistan is dismantled, any reduction in Army presence would be disastrous for the country and unacceptable to the people of India."

    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abudallah's political advisor and National Conference spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq too opposed Bhushan's views. Sadiq said, "There is an elected government in J&K and they along with the centre are the best judge of whether AFSPA should be kept or removed. National Conference too believes that AFSPA can be withdrawn from some areas but why does AAP want to politicise AFSPA?"

    Only Mehbooba Mufti's PDP supported Bhushan's call for a referendum on AFSPA. Party spokesperson Sameer Kaul said, "The heart and mind of AAP is in the right place. We are happy to hear about Bhushan's views that the people of Kashmir should be consulted on Army deployment."

    However, senior Army officers who have served in the valley were aghast at Bhushan's call for a referendum. Former Army chief General VP Malik told Mail Today, "Prashant Bhushan has shown complete lack of awareness of the kind of situation that exists in J&K both in the hinterland and along LoC. It reflects poorly on his knowledge of politics and strategy. He has totally ignored the proxy war that Pakistan has waged over the last few decades. His comments have come as a great disappointment to people who are supportive of the Aam Aadmi Party."

    Major General (Retired) GD Bakshi who commanded the Army's Romeo force in Rajouri said, "I hope Bhushan is aware that as soon as US soldiers are withdrawn from Afghanistan, terrorists will be redirected into the valley by Pakistan. I am sorry to say, this is an anti-national view. This would initiate the process of break up of the country."

    Bhushan also sounded extremely confident about the prospects of the Aam Aadmi Party in the forthcoming general elections and said that there is now a very real chance that AAP may be able to form the next government at the centre. "One month ago I felt that we may be able to win around 50 seats in the general elections. But after forming the government in Delhi the response that we are getting from across the country is beyond our imagination. No limit can be drawn on the number of seats that AAP can win. Why just a simple majority, the Aam Aadmi Party could even end up with over 400 seats."

    Bhushan drew a parallel with the 1977 elections held after the emergency and said that there is a wave of positive change that is blowing across the country and people now believe that AAP can clean up the corrupt politics of the country. Bhushan said, "Indira Gandhi revoked the emergency in January 1977 and called general elections in March. Who would have thought that in two months the Janata Party would be able to field candidates on every seat and that the Congress would be decimated across north India. Once people make up their minds then anything is possible."


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    so anybody still want to support AAP after this?
     
  2. ricky123

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    Re: Prashant Bhushan wants referendum on Army presence in Kashmir, sees AAP govt at C

    i do not know how to tell you this ... but this idea was floated by BJP .. when Atal jee was PM ,,and MUSH met him in agra summit ...
    the idea was to put kashmir on backseat and allow selfgovernence for say 25 years and then do a referendum in kashmir ...this is also the UN Resolutions which calls both india and pakistan to withdraw forces from kashmir and do referendum ...
    The Basic idea behind this was that atleast for 25 years india and pakistan will have buffer time to resolve other disputes ...and improve relations which would ultimately help in resolving kashmir issue ..so since this idea was first floated by BJP
    Anybody still want to support BJP ? LOL i would still support BJP for loksabha polls but totally for different reasons.

    Also to add to the comment that after usa withdrawal from AFghanistan all terrorist will come to kashmir ?
    that is a myth ... before usa came to afghanistan did that time taliban come to kashmir ... the person who wrote the article clearly doesnt understand the geopolitics of the region ...

    Taliban dont see india as a enemy ...and even if they did they will have a tuff battle to take over Afghanistan which will be thier priority and not come to kashmir which is not even thier homeland ...
    india has some security concerns but those are limited to afghanistan ....india fears that it will become a safe haven for terrorist again ... and most economic progress will be lost ...plus it will give pakistan a stonghold in afghanistan then pakistan doesnt have to worry about thier western border ...they can then divert thier entire resources to our borders ....and that is troubling for us ....

    Taliban are mainly pashtuns ..they dont consider pakistan thier country ....most of the taliban still consider the durand line as afghanistan territory ..so pakistan is in a soup just as is india ....
     
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  3. GUNS-N- ROSES

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    Re: Prashant Bhushan wants referendum on Army presence in Kashmir, sees AAP govt at C

    sooner or later it was going to happen.

    till now AAP had luxury of just being on the opposite side of BJP/congress. but now that it has become a political party it needs to come out with clear cut policy on all issues both internal and external.

    it is a new party with lot of hope, it wd be wise to give politically correct answers.
     
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    Re: Prashant Bhushan wants referendum on Army presence in Kashmir, sees AAP govt at C

    the problem is they dont know how politics works ....they are too honest and give honest answers which sometimes is misunderstood by others ...

    i posted a video in other topic Arvind saying that Kashmir is part of india .... but surely they now need to come out with clear cut policy and make thier stand known to all people
     
  5. Bismarck

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    Re: Prashant Bhushan wants referendum on Army presence in Kashmir, sees AAP govt at C

    They are not politicians and surely they are not honest. They are trying to somewhat be the poster children for IDEA, And I would not be surprised if IDEA are one of the funders for them.

    The point being that if you use mobile nos for referendum, all the separatists have to do is buy lot of sim cards. Game over. Does the view of Kashmiri in Kashmir who does not use phone (like the lady of the house) have a say? Sometimes getting referendums on mobile is not really a solution,

    Now I just have a query an honest one. When BJP refused to form govt in Delhi and they asked for referendum, 75% people said they should form the government, how do we know that the significant part of them were not BJP or Congress supporters who were trying to get AAP into fix? If it could be "fixed" for referendum on them, then it would be very flawed when it goes for sensitive matter such as Kashmir. Because many kashmiris have ran away and now in other places, would their views not count? How does one know the person is genuine?

    A country where the Identity cards are faked, what assurance is there about a simple mobile no
     
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    Re: Prashant Bhushan wants referendum on Army presence in Kashmir, sees AAP govt at C

    Bhushan actually wants a referendum on the issue of "azadi" to Kashmir. Even issues like how to tackle law and order cannot be put to referendum.

    For encouraging the breaking away of Kashmir, AAP need not wait for power at centre. It can do it even now, sitting at Delhi homes. And who knows it might do so, with an eye on J&K elections too?

    Security and integrity of India and its states is constitutional duty of the Union, and cannot be governed by SMS polls floated by anyone, even not of AAP. What sort of lawyer is he who does not know this simple constitutional provision?
     
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