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Ex-J&K interlocuter criticises NDA’s Kashmir, Pakistan policy

Ex-J&K interlocuter criticises NDA’s Kashmir, Pakistan policy
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Radha Kumar, former interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, today slammed the government’s Kashmir policy, saying it is encouraging “more hostile elements” in 

Speaking here at a seminar or “Foreign Policy Challenges” before the country, Kumar said the is handling the issue “very badly”.

“It is a challenge before our foreign policy. The way we are handling issue, we are allowing more hostile elements in (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 government, which had in October 2010 appointed her, along with Dilip Padgaonkar and M M Ansari, as interlocutors for 

“The kind of suggestions and recommendations we had made, unfortunately they were not implemented by the government,” she said.

To a question by former MP Bhalchandra Mungekar about 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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