Gen. Hooda admits growing anger, alienation among Kashmiris

Srinagar, April 22, 2019 (PPI-OT): The former Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Deependra Singh Hooda while admitting growing anger and alienation in the Kashmir valley against India has asked for adopting an empathetic “approach towards the population and a clearly defined political objective.”

Lt. Gen. Hooda talking to media persons on the sidelines of a seminar said, “Very often we had a separate political and military strategy towards Kashmir and that is why very often we hear that military has brought the security situation under control in Kashmir but politics has not followed. We need a combined and comprehensive politico-military strategy based on a political objective… I think we have not been able to give a well-crafted narrative to the people in the valley that we care,” The Hindu quoted Hooda as saying. The seminar was organized by the Observer Research Foundation on the National Security Strategy document that General Hooda he made for the Congress party.

Speaking at the seminar, senior Congress leader and former Indian Minister P Chidambaram said if India wants to change Pakistan’s behaviour towards India, then “we must examine our behaviour to Pakistan as well.” “The answer to the biggest external challenge to India, not only in terms of security but other ways, is to find a way to normalize India-Pakistan relations,” The Hindu quoted P Chidambaram as saying.

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