"Article 370 has only fuelled separatism and helped it
rise. It is being exploited by separatists in the Kashmir
valley," Bhagwat said calling for its abrogation at a function
The RSS head also spoke against the proposed withdrawal
of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), saying it
should remain in force until the problem in Jammu and Kashmir
is not resolved.
"Special powers should stay along with security forces
till the problems for which the AFSPA was imposed in J&K are
not resolved", Bhagwat said.
Maintaining that terrorism and Pakistan need to be
tackled with an iron hand, he said dialogue is not possible
with that country in the face of terror.
"First ensure that bloodshed is stopped, then only talks
can be held", he said.
Calling for an end to the "discrimination" with Jammu on
all fronts, Bhagwat backed the agitation for setting up the
proposed Central University in the region.
Referring to the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir, as
suggested by the outfit in the past, he said, "Until the
discrimation ends with it (Jammu), the resolution will
Jammu: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday
strongly advocated scrapping of article 370 in Jammu and
Kashmir, saying it has given rise to separatism whose
exponents are using the provision to their advantage in the
First Published: Sunday, August 23, 2009, 22:41