Army not a solution for Kashmir and Northeast: Rahul
CONGRESS PARTY’S scion Rahul Gandhi believes that army is no solution to insurgencies either in Kashmir, North East or Chattisgarh and bated for a political solution to problems. “We need to talk and the political process must begin.
There is a drastic change in Kashmir and the valley is seeing less violence now because people have started realising the importance of the political process and they are actively participating in the democratic process,” he told to a group of 60 journalism students of Dr JK Jain-promoted NBA Group of Institutions of Mass Commission, Management and Technology at 10 Janpath.
The 42-year old Gandhi, also a general secretary of Congress, however, brushed aside all talks of becoming the Prime Minister, affirming that “I have not thought of being the Prime Minister as yet.” He said.
“If I wish to do something for my country I should not wait to become the Prime minister and then do it but rather I should work on it in whatever capacity I am. And I think if I am earnest I will be able to achieve it for the people of this country,” he said.
He told the journalism students that they will be shocked to learn that one person has been given in pittance 2500 square kilometres of land that is almost double the size of Delhi. Connect it with the rise of crimes in Uttar Pradesh.
If the farmers have no land, where will they go except to move to the cities. And, in the fast lane they will become more vulnerable to crime, Rahul said and asserted that until or unless you meet the farmers, you will not get to know about their problems. He said,
“We have to find a solution to land acquisition and we can find that through dialogue alone. Don’t try to suppress people and their voices, you need to involve them, we think if you don’t involve the poor, it amounts to atrocities on them.” Rahul went on to say that the Congress runs the Central government and “we will do our best to give you a good new land law.”
Talking about rise in crime, he asked, “If you will not give the due to the people, what will they do, if you do not involve the youth of this country in the process of dialogue, what do you expect?
Army is no solution to the problem of insurgency. Army is meant to fight with the enemy and not with our own people.” He had a dig at the TV channels for superficial coverage as he said hardly any talked about the cause for which he is fighting in Uttar Pradesh.
“Electronic media is just showing me eating chapati, having tea and playing with a buffalo. They are speaking of me walking so many kilometres; all this is meaningless. They are not talking about the issue.
Farmer’s land is being handed over to builders to make golf course and no one is talking about it.” He asked students from North East what troubled them in their state.
Iftikhar Gilani is a Special Correspondent with Tehelka.com.