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EU MPs’ trip to J&K a start, now allow Indian leaders too. Democracy can’t be stage-managed

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The visit of EU MPs to Kashmir is a start, even if not perfect, to opening the troubled Valley to the world. It’s high time the Modi government also allowed Indian politicians to tour J&K. There can be little hope for normality in Kashmir if democracy and peace are stage-managed.

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  1. Normalcy requires a genuine, meaningful, respectful dialogue with the people of Kashmir. Who represents them is not an easy question to answer, although the mainstream politicians were a good place to start. 2. Winning the world’s trust is the idea behind this visit, which deserves a qualified welcome. How difficult that could be can be inferred from this tweet from @UNGeneva : We are extremely concerned that the population of Indian administered Kashmir continues to be deprived of a wide range of human rights and we urge the Indian authorities to unlock the situation and fully restore the rights that are currently being denied.

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