Trump urges Modi, Imran to reduce tensions in talks

Won’t have any resolution on Kashmir without democracy: Sen

Published: August 20, 2019 22:10:17

US President Donald Trump speaking with the prime ministers of India and Pakistan on Monday — Internet

US President Donald Trump spoke with the prime ministers of India and Pakistan on Monday, urging them to reduce tensions over the disputed region of Kashmir, reports Agencies.

"Spoke to my two good friends, Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi of India, and Prime Minister (Imran) Khan of Pakistan, regarding Trade, Strategic Partnerships and, most importantly, for India and Pakistan to work towards reducing tensions in Kashmir," Trump tweeted.

"A tough situation, but good conversations!" the president wrote.

On August 05, New Delhi scrapped Article 370 in the Indian constitution that had granted Kashmir special autonomy.

Meanwhile, Nobel laureate Dr Amartya Sen on Monday vehemently criticised the government's move on Kashmir, saying it not only emphasised majority rule "as opposed to it sustaining the rights of all human beings".

"I don't think ultimately you will have any resolution in Kashmir without democracy," he told NDTV in an interview.

Pointing out the loopholes in the government's decision on multiple levels, the 85-year-old told NDTV: "As an Indian, I am not proud of the fact that India, after having done so much to achieve a democratic norm in the world-where India was the first non-Western country to go for democracy-that we lose that reputation on the grounds of action that have been taken".

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