Former chief of RAW, India’s external intelligence wing, AS Dulat admitted that everybody was clueless about what is happening in Kashmir.
In an interview to the National Herald, the first part of which was published today, Dulat said, “Nobody knows what is happening in Kashmir and neither does anyone know what New Delhi is thinking.”
There is not one clear narrative coming out of Kashmir, he said, adding that “While the Government claims normalcy, others maintain that Kashmiris are resigned to their lot. Some also believe that Kashmiris are being smart by not going out on the streets and getting killed, especially when there is one soldier for every 30 civilians.”
He, however, pointed out, “Many Kashmiris do feel they have been let down by the people of India,” according to the interview.
“Kashmir has always had problems with Delhi, but they never had problems with the people of India. We must introspect on this. Why has it become about people of Kashmir vs people of India when people of Kashmir are also people of India?”Dulat questioned. The former intelligence office said that “They feel that they are being discriminated against and they wonder what their fault is.”
“Once the lock-up of people started, we knew that it would last long. It might last three years or maybe a few months unless the courts take a position,” he added.
Pointing out that the Public Safety Act (PSA) has been on the statutes for a long time, was introduced by Sheikh Abdullah and used by both Farooq and Omar Abdullah, Dulat said the real question is how long does the Government think it can sustain normalcy with the use of PSA.