A peace process gone missing
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Second, a joint parliamentary delegation to J&K began the de-escalation of tensions in the autumn of 2010. The same delegation ought to have met annually, at the very least, to monitor progress and suggest further steps. Parliament will soon be in session again. Members of the joint parliamentary delegation could help government re-launch a visible, credible and sustained peace process, one that is geared towards a lasting resolution and not short-term management.
Third, all political parties need to unite with the government to show that they do not distinguish between types of terrorism or terrorists. The BJP, in particular, should desist from its current strategy on segregating right-wing extremism. We mourn the dead of the Samjhauta Express as much as we mourn the dead of the Parliament attack and Mumbai. And may I add, since the court has categorised the attack on Parliament as amongst the most heinous of heinous crimes, will parliamentarians live up to their institution by ceasing to paralyse it?
The writer is director-general, Delhi Policy Group. She was a member of the Group of Interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir, appointed by the Central government
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