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The Urdu Press: Delay on Kashmir

Both the Modi and Mehbooba governments need to win each other’s confidence and jointly try to heal the wounds of the Kashmiri people.

The daily Inquilab, in its editorial on August 31, writes: “Some important decisions have been taken by the Centre, including the scheduled visit of an all-party delegation led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Kashmir to talk with political parties and organisations of the state, the resolve to deal with Pakistan in an effective manner and the search for an alternative to pellets. These, and the PM’s stress on insaniyat, jamhooriyat and Kashmiriyat, emphasis on “ekta aur mamata” with the declaration that all those killed in the Valley were “our own” should have been done long ago. All the same, these are significant initiatives that have to be appreciated. The world has seen that the Modi government, which is not dependent on its allies for evolving a consensus, has been confused till the very last moment. This was demonstrated by different views expressed by Arun Jaitley (focusing on an economic package) and Rajnath Singh (the only one open to talks). The PM’s statement is a mixture of the disparate views of the two ministers. Both the Modi and Mehbooba governments need to win each other’s confidence and jointly try to heal the wounds of the Kashmiri people, paving the way for an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence. Once the people start co-operating neither the separatists would succeed in their mischievous designs nor would Pakistan get any chance in the Valley.”

Roznama Khabrein, in its editorial writes: “The most important aspect of the government’s latest plan for J&K is that it is willing to talk to everyone including the separatists. Back channel talks are also going on. Obviously, all talks will be held within the purview of the Constitution. Each section of society will support a timely action of the government that wins the confidence of the people and normalises the situation. Dialogue is the only way.”

Not blaming it on Rio

Rehnuma-e-Deccan, in its editorial on August 23, writes: “P.V. Sindhu surprised everyone by winning a silver medal in badminton. Apart from Sindhu, her parents and her coach, the entire country is feeling proud of her achievement. After the success of Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik, awards are pouring from various state governments and sports organisations. This is a good step. The winners should be encouraged. But it should also be considered that if such huge amounts had been spent on preparing and training sportspersons, the result would have probably been much better and many more medals would have delighted our country and provided opportunities for celebrations.”

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Expressing sorrow over India winning only two medals at the Rio Olympics, Sahafat (editorial, August 23) writes: “One startling fact is that both the medal winners at Rio are girls. One of them, Sakshi Malik, is from Haryana where girls are treated very unkindly and khap panchayats have a very bad reputation in this regard. The question now is how preparations are to be made for the next Olympics in Tokyo.

Women and worship

Commenting on the judgment of the Bombay High Court permitting women to enter the inner portion of the Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai, Roznama Khabrein, (editorial, August 27) writes: “With this judgement, the same question has arisen that had been raised after the court judgement in the Shani Shignapur mandir case. This is not a matter of a conflict between men and women. It is a matter of faith and personal choice. There is no mazaar or dargah in India where women’s entry is banned. Shani Shingnapur mandir was observing a tradition, which prevented women from entering the garbha griha, that was mandated by that community’s religious books. Similarly, women’s entry to the inner portion of Haji Ali dargah was banned because the presence of women could cause some disorder amidst the throng of visitors. Now the question is if women have become completely free with the permission to enter into the prohibited areas of Shani Shingnapur and Haji Ali and whether they secured their rights? The answer is no. In fact, the freedom of women is in the freedom of mindsets of both women and men.They should get their freedom.

But should it be of the type echoed in the viewpoint of the French leader Sarkozy who considers burkini as a dress that cages women, or of the views of Mohan Bhagwat who claims that a woman leaving the confines of her house should be thrown out? The decision has to be made by women alone.”

Inquilab, (August 27) has highlighted the statement of the chief of the Ala Hazrat dargah (Bareilly) in which he says women visiting dargahs and graveyards are against the Sharia. He has appealed to his “mothers and sisters” not to visit such places. He has also appealed to Muslim lawyers to “forcefully” appeal against the judgement in the Supreme Court.

First published on: 02-09-2016 at 12:02:05 am
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