MHA’s report: Need to control mosque, madrasa, media for Kashmir valley narrative

The report calls for a crackdown on the role of separatists by Income Tax and other agencies on them but at the same time advocates engagement with the moderate faction.

MHA’s report: Need to control mosque, madrasa, media for Kashmir valley narrative

In an assessment report regarding the current situation in the Kashmir valley, Ministry of Home Affairs has advised Centre to control the mosque, madrasa, print and TV media, changes in the political atmosphere, strengthening of intelligence set-up and reaching out to the moderate faction of Hurriyat amongst many other suggestions.

The report, compiled after securing inputs from ground, suggests long-term “actionable points” and has been sent to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, the

Indian Express report said quoting sources.

The report discusses the decades-old insurgency in the Valley without any reference to Pakistan but suggests that the political atmosphere in the Valley needs to be changed and those who were part of the 2014 election victory need to be supported and promoted by the government.

The report suggests that some of the financial schemes of the Centre may be implemented through these people that may help to bring more people in their area of influence.

The report suggests a special development scheme for Shia, Bakkarwal and Pahadi Muslim population before they get lured by separatists or what it calls the widespread cult of Wahabism within the Valley. The moulvis at the mosques need to be engaged that will go a long way to quell insurgency in the Valley, it was stated.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting needs to revive its Jammu and Kashmir division that is largely defunct, the report says. It lists TV channels as pro and anti-India and newspapers that it says should be promoted for “perception management,” states the report. The report says those news organisations in the Valley fomenting anti-India sentiment should be “discouraged” from telecasting any “negative propaganda”.

The report calls for a crackdown on the role of separatists by Income Tax and other agencies on them but at the same time advocates engagement with the moderate faction.

It also advised the Centre to curb cases of stone-pelting, as those indulging in such incidents need to be booked under Public Safety Act and for first-time offenders, especially teenagers, special juvenile homes may be set up so that they do not get influenced by more radical elements.

In the case of economic development and unemployment, it has been suggested that the government come up with a special provision or legislation related to corporate social responsibility (CSR) for Jammu and Kashmir to ensure that business houses carry out activities under this head in the Valley and yearly targets for the companies may be fixed.

Suggesting an overhaul of intelligence and police management, the report suggests that to tackle militants from across the border, Special Operation Group (SOG) needs to be revived as it was done in 2002.