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  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
  • The Bihar assembly passes a resolution to stick to the old NPR form, making it the first NDA state to do so
  • Arms deal for advanced helicopters, worth $3bn, signed with the US, but the trade deal remains elusive
  • Trump says he has a good equation with Pak PM Imran Khan and assures India that Pakistan is working to reduce cross border terrorism
  • Trump once again offers to mediate in the Kashmir issue
  • Trump says it is up to India to decide on the CAA
  • US President Donald Trump says PM Modi wants religious freedom for all
  • US President Donald Trump lands in Ahmedabad, received at the airport by Prime Minister Modi
  • US President Donald Trump to land in India today
Continuing violence in Delhi takes the sheen off the visit by US President Donald Trump
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MEPs Visit To Kashmir: Photo Opportunity

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

Four things stand out in the visit of 20 members of the European Parliament to Jammu and Kashmir. First, they were not invited by the government. Instead, a person who claims to belong to a think tank in Delhi about which few have heard issued invitations on behalf of the PMO. The question is how could such a person gain access to the PMO and why was she allowed to broker such a deal?

Next, how were the MEPs selected? Most of them belong to far-right parties that campaign on anti-immigration planks and follow divisive policies. They definitely do not represent a cross-section of opinion in Europe but rather represent constricted thinking. How could they be expected to analyze the situation in Kashmir fairly?

Further, the orchestrated visit of the MEPs was limited to sight-seeing and photo opportunities. Neither were they allowed to meet locals nor civil society activists, let alone politicians in the state who continue to be incarcerated. What opinion could they form by seeing empty streets and the security forces?

Finally, if the government is ready to allow foreign parliamentarians to the state, it should now think of releasing the political leadership and allowing Opposition leaders too. In fact, one of the MEPs advised the government along this line. For, the perception of local people matters more than that of foreigners. If the state is to return to normalcy, it is necessary that political activity must resume and elections to the state assembly are held after a reasonable time.