What ails Kashmir?

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Smoke rising from a mortar shell fired by the Pakistan Army near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district in November 2017. Photo: PTI

Sheikh Abdullah and V.K. Krishna Menon in a Subjects Committee meeting. N.V. Gadgil and S.K. Patil are also in the picture. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in New Delhi in April 2005. The Four-Point Formula that they came close to agreeing upon in 2006 was discarded in 2007. Photo: V. Sudershan

Kashmir’s leaders must abandon their all-or-nothing approach and launch a “peace offensive” to resurrect the Four-Point Formula of 2006 that would make for a de facto union of the two halves of Kashmir by ensuring free movement across the LoC and seek guarantees from both India and Pakistan to make it workable.
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