Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh, August 14, 2008:CHANDIGARH–August 14, 2008: Critique, a student discussion forum at Panjab University, Chandigarh organized a discussion on the topic "Communal Frenzy, politics of pilgrimage and Amarnath shrine" in which three speakers Sumeet and Ramandeep from Deptt. of English and Sukhvir from the Deptt of Political Science put forth the outline of the whole issue.
They talked about communal, political and economic aspects of Amarnath issue respectively by relating each aspect with the other. Mr. Lallan Singh Baghel Faculty department of Philosophy coordinated the discussion and highlighted the historical background of the state and the Hindus-Muslims relationships in the past and present as well. He also focused on identity politics and how to explore the possibility of democratic dialogue with in the frame of civil society initiatives to lessen the communal frenzy and to restore peace and normalcy by addressing the structural and political questions involved in the present crisis.
Mr Jatinder, a scholar from, Centre for Political studies Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi, who himself visited the affected areas and had a dialogue with the people who are/were suffering there. Sunny of B.A second year argued very sensitively about ‘Economic Blockade’.
Mr khosla , a social activist from the city talked in the favour of sorting out the problems by some compromise between both communities without any harm to both sides. Statements of some politicians of main stream parties were also questioned. Atma Ram ji an activist, poet and Marxist scholar concluded the discussion by saying that communal, political and economic aspects can not be separated. He said that nothing is beyond politics.
So it’s not only dispute of land but also a matter of the common people’s emotion, so it should be sought out peacefully by table talk according to Mr. Ramandeep, Critique: