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MHA’s provocative advisory



[ February 28, 2017 ]

Regarded as fourth pillar of democracy, media in Jammu & Kashmir is once again come under clouds as the Ministry of Home Affairs, (MHA) Government of India, has reportedly issued an advisory for controlling media to thwart fresh eruption of mass protests in Kashmir.


Invoking path breaking confidence building measures (CBMs) to heal the wound of the victims of last unrest and political engagement with the peop

The advisory has though evoked sharp reaction from the mainstream and separatist political parties sitting in though opposition, but both the central and the state government are silent over the reports about the circulation of the advisory by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India on controlling media in Kashmir. During last year’s unrest the state government controlled and commanded jointly by PDP and BJP under the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti first banned publication of news papers for about a week and stopped the publication of an English daily for more than 100 days, later but the situation in the absence of the publication of newspapers experienced an upsurge in the intensity of public protests and widespread criticism from people of all hues within and outside the state. Though government has itself experienced it now that banning the entire media or any one newspaper gives space to rumour mongers and rumour mongering causes a very server threat to the peace efforts of the law enforcement authorities in the troubling times, but it is unfortunate to know about an advisory of the Union Home Ministry suggesting control over media in Kashmir just to thwart the eruption of any fresh wave of public protest in Kashmir.
The mysterious silence of both the central and the state governments would by all standards of understandabilities over the advisory suggesting control over media can further aggravate the situation in Kashmir . Instead of fast tracking the process of police investigations by SITs (Special Investigation Teams) to keep Chief Minister’s promise of a time-bound inquiry into the civilian deaths reported during last year’s unrest the Ministry of Home Ministry (MHA), Government of India has issued an advisory to curb media and religious clerics through arm twisting methods. Fast tracking the process of police investigations by SITs (Special Investigation Teams) to keep Chief Minister’s promise of a time-bound inquiry into the civilian deaths reported during last year’s unrest would by all probabilities restore the faith of people in the working of the law enforcement institutions and implementing the advisory of the central government’s home ministry suggesting curbs on media would further aggravate the situation in Kashmir. More over implementing the advisory of the central government’s home ministry suggesting curbs on media would further aggravate the situation in Kashmir would mean silencing victims of last year’s unrest through arms twist methods. Invoking path breaking confidence building measures (CBMs) to heal the wound of the victims of last unrest and political engagement with the people holding key to resolution of conflicts in Kashmir is the only way to restoration of peace and stability in Kashmir.