The Kashmir interlocutors have accepted the fact that there are potential spoilers in the J&K peace process and they need to be identified, neutralised or accommodated and somehow be changed from part of the problem to part of the solution. It is strange that they do not see the BJP as such a spoiler. No government was as close to the resolution of our disputes with Pakistan, including the Kashmir problem, as the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Still the present leadership of the BJP keeps harping on the abrogation of Article 370 arguing that this Article is the only bugbear in the path of complete integration of J&K with India. If the interlocutors do not address this potential snag in the process at the outset, by sitting down with the BJP and make them agree that the Article 370 cannot and should not be eroded, the party will continue to be a road block. Vajpayeeji, in his chaste Hindi, would call it “raaste me roda”.
Dr Mookhi Amir Ali