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Ex-JK interlocutor criticises NDA’s Kashmir, Pak policy

Mumbai:, Radha Kumar, former interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, Sunday slammed the NDA government’s Kashmir policy, saying it is encouraging “more hostile elements” in Pakistan.

Speaking here at a seminar or “Foreign Policy Challenges” before the country, Kumar said the government is handling the Pakistan issue “very badly”.
“It is a challenge before our foreign policy. The way we are handling Jammu and Kashmir issue, we are allowing more hostile elements in Pakistan (to dominate).
“There is a flip-flop in our government’s behaviour and it is creating an image of inconsistency,” she said.
She also expressed disappointment with the UPA government, which had in October 2010 appointed her, along with Dilip Padgaonkar and M M Ansari, as interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir.
“The kind of suggestions and recommendations we had made, unfortunately they were not implemented by the UPA government,” she said.
To a question by former Rajya Sabha MP Bhalchandra Mungekar about India under the current dispensation “leaning more towards Israel than towards Palestine”, Kumar said, “We are getting deeply communal. I cannot go on talking about it, but this is the fact that we are becoming deeply communal.”
Former union minister P Chidambaram and former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan were also present during the discussion.

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