India will never lose the Valley, Kashmir has nowhere to go: Ex-RAW Chief AS Dulat

Kasauli: Stressing that Kashmir will continue to be a part of India despite the disturbances in the Valley, ex-RAW Chief and former advisor on erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir, A.S. Dulat, recalled his consistent meetings with separatists and Hurriyat leaders, and said that the only way forward to bring normalcy to Kashmir is through talks, patience and empathy.

Someone who has always opposed the abolition of Article 370 in the Valley, Dulat opines that everybody ‘talks’.

“And what is the harm in talking with every stakeholder? Nobody is a permanent enemy — be it Pakistan or China. In fact, during Vajaypee’s tenure, several rounds of meetings were held with Kashmiri separatists. So many would come to my home, and not safehouses in Delhi to discuss matters. Frankly, despite all their claims, even the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad talks with those they call their enemies. I was quite close to one of their chiefs, and he admitted that permanent peace can only be achieved on the table, and not the battlefield.”

Talk to him about the several terrorists being killed in Canada and Pakistan, and the strong rumour in security agencies and media that RAW has been conducting these operations by following Mossad’s playbook, and Dulat adds, “Well if you kill, do not suffer from the illusion that you cannot be a target. By the way, post the recent Hamas attacks, I would not really like to compare the two intelligence agencies. I think we are better.”

Disclosing that the recent major terrorist attack carried out in Kokernag in Kashmir, the spymaster says that his former colleagues in the security service believe that they were supposed to coincide with the G20 programme there.

“Every major incident is an intelligence failure.”

Speaking on the first day of the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival, Dulat said that if Prime Minister Modi announced statehood for Kashmiris during his visit there, he would be garlanded by the locals.

“He can be in an open jeep at the Lal Chowk, and there would be no security threat if he did that. Every local would welcome his move.”

Dulat, who in his latest book ‘A Life In The Shadows: A Memoir’ (HarperCollins Publishers) has written extensively about the current National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, says that the latter stopped talking to him long before he wrote on him.

“Just before Article 370 was revoked, he asked me on the phone about how to deal with Kashmir. Of course, I told him that we need to talk. His reply was: ‘There have been enough talks, now is the time for the stick.’ He has a very ‘muscular’ approach. But let me say this, he likes to be close to power. If Rahul Gandhi becomes the PM tomorrow, he would not mind working with him.”

Congress delegation meets EC seeking action against PM Modi, Shah

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) A delegation of Congress on Tuesday met the Election Commission and sought action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah over violation...

As Centre’s envoy visits, Tripura party firm on demand of ‘Greater Tipraland’ state for tribals

Agartala: Tripura's opposition Tipra Motha Party (TMP), which has been demanding ‘Greater Tipraland' or a separate state for the tribals under Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution, met the...

Covid caused spike in premature births, maternal vax lowered risk

New York: Covid-19 caused an alarming surge in premature births, but vaccines were key to returning the early birth rate to pre-pandemic levels, according to a new analysis of birth...

From advice to Modi to views on Rahul, daughter reveals all in upcoming Pranab biography

New Delhi: During his tenure as India's 13th President, Pranab Mukherjee had advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to always acknowledge the contributions of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. This and...

Elon Musk visits Oct 7 attack site in Kfar Aza

el Aviv, Nov 27 (IANS) Businessman and investor Elon Musk on Monday visited the Kfar Aza in Israel where the October 7 attack took place in which at least 1200...

Islamophobe Geert Wilders, the new Dutch PM?

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) Last week, veteran Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders vowed to be Prime Minister of the Netherlands eventually, following an election in which his party won...

AI tool detects methane plumes from space, may help fight climate change

London: A team of researchers have developed a tool to automatically detect methane plumes on Earth from orbit using machine learning with hyperspectral data. This could help identify excessive "super...

With US being too close to Israel, China tries to upstage it in Middle East

New York: When a contingent of Hamas hostages rode on white vans of the International Red Cross flags across the Rafa crossing to freedom in Egypt, it was a diplomatic...

After election day in Rajasthan, all eyes are on Gehlot’s political future

Jaipur: With Rajasthan's voters having exercised their franchise on Saturday, the streets are silent all over again. The corridors of politics and power, however, are abuzz with whispers regarding the...

Bangladesh assures of free and fair election, invites Foreign Mission as observer

Amid Western pressure to hold impartial and representative elections, Bangladesh has extended an open invitation to foreign envoys to be part of the international team of observers for its general...

Retiree turns waste quarry land into a mini forest in Karnataka

Bengaluru: Dasabettu Mathayes D'Sa, popularly known as Desa, has accomplished what many could not even contemplate. He spent his entire retirement savings to purchase a wasteland -- a red stone...

India caught between ‘West Asia’ and ‘Middle East’ (Pit Stop in DC)

Washington: India is Bharat and Bharat is India. But West Asia is not Middle East, or the other way around because although geographically contiguous, they are a world apart: the...

Read Previous

Student suicide triggers massive protest in Hyderabad

Read Next

In progressive Kerala, only Brahmins can apply for cook’s post in Guruvayoor Devasom

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By :