What’s Likely on Agenda for PM Modi’s All-Party J&K Leaders Meet?
The Big StoryJune 21, 2021
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What’s Likely on Agenda for PM Modi’s All-Party J&K Leaders Meet?

Amid a deep trust deficit in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a surprise move, seems to have extended the olive branch with an invite to major political leaders for a meeting on 24 June.

The meeting, which will consist of fourteen political leaders also has former chief ministers on the invitee list like National Conference's Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad.

This would be the first such exercise to be held between the Centre and Kashmir’s mainstream political leaders since J&K was stripped of its statehood.

What is curious though is that despite the meeting being called, the agenda behind the meeting still remains to be a mystery, and that has left many mainstream parties, leaders and experts with a lot of guesswork on what PM Modi has on his mind.

The dialogue between the Valley’s senior leaders and New Delhi has remained frozen in the wake of unceremonious arrests and prolonged detention of many political leaders, including those on the invitee list.

Furthermore, comments from the saffron party's top brass against Kashmiri political leaders, calling them anti-national or dubbing the PAGD alliance as the “Gupkar Gang” by Union Home Minister Amit Shah has of course, soured the relations further.

Which begs the question— why the sudden move to call for a democratic sit down? Is it just an optics play for the West, who has been criticising the Centre’s handling of Kashmir? or could restoration of statehood for the erstwhile state be on the table?

Host and Producer: Himmat Shaligram
David Devadas, senior journalist and author of the book ‘The Story of Kashmir’ and 'The Generation of Rage in Kashmir', 
Jehangir Ali, Srinagar based freelance journalist,
MY Tarigami, CPIM Leader and official spokesperson of Peoples Democratic Party, and Adnan Ashraf, official Spokesperson of People’s Conference Party.

Editor: Shelly Walia

Music: Big Bang Fuzz

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