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DK Singh: The Army chief has said that much of what is happening in Kashmir today is because we have failed to build on what the security forces had done there. Do you agree?
I think an effort was made at all levels to push the political process forward. The talks were moving in a particular direction, but the people involved in the dialogue came under pressure from people in Pakistan. And then, (moderate Hurriyat leader) Fazal Haq Qureshi was shot (in December 2009), and they just backed away from the talks. You've got a political vacuum. The separatists are responsible for the vacuum. You can't not talk to India but talk to Pakistan, and expect the problem to be solved.
Amitabh Sinha: Is there a unified view in the government on the use of the army in Naxal areas?
As of now, a decision has been taken in the Cabinet Committee on Security that the army will not be deployed. The helicopters are available for deployments. We are not using them for an offensive role but for moving armed troops and for evacuations.
Pranab Dhal Samanta: The CRPF has taking a battering. Their morale is low, they are losing men, questions of leadership have come up. What needs to be done?
The first is, training in jungle warfare. What the forces do in J&K and North East is totally different from election duty or a lathi-charge. They have not been trained for what they must do if something goes wrong. If you are ambushed, you have to fire and move on, not take positions. You have to be mobile. The CRPF has learned it the hard way.