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Across the aisle: India is failing the test on J&K

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Mr Ram Madhav is the pointsman of the RSS and the BJP-led Central government for India’s foreign relations and Jammu & Kashmir. (Is there an irony in that?) On the government’s J&K policy, he once said: “The government will stand firm, eruption or no eruption.” Mr Madhav is safe and secure at his residence and offices in Delhi, and I wish him well. Rajavel Thirumani, 22, was not. He is dead, killed by a stone pelted by thoroughly misguided young men. It was an unpardonable crime under any circumstances. Thirumani’s mistake: that he and his family had joined a group of employees, availing of their leave travel concessions, to visit Kashmir as tourists.

There was no animosity between the stone-pelting youth of Kashmir Valley and Thirumani’s family. His death was, what is heartlessly called, collateral damage. Unfortunately, the death of the young man was — and is — not the only collateral damage of the ‘stand firm’ policy of the BJP-led Central government. Much more has been damaged in the last three years.

Pillars in Danger

Among the pillars (that hold India together) that have been damaged are:

1. A constitutional provision will be honoured. Article 370 was a historical compact between the Union........

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