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Don’t worry, Senator: Watch Jaishankar’s witty reply to Lindsey Graham on Kashmir

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Here’s what External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told a United States Senator, Lindsey Graham, when the latter urged India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir question in a way that would sell democracy to the world.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar attended the Munich Security Conference in Germany, where he was part of a panel discussion that also featured Lindsey Graham. (Photos: Associated Press, left, and Munich Security Conference/Twitter)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kashmir: Senator Lindsey Graham calls for democratic solution
  • S Jaishankar’s witty response wins praise on social media
  • India has drawn flak for removing J&K’s special status

Wonder what Dr S Jaishankar has for breakfast every day,” one Twitter user wondered after watching the foreign minister’s polite but witty riposte to US Senator Lindsey Graham on the Kashmir question, delivered recently at a security conference in Munich, Germany.

So what exactly happened?

First, Lindsey Graham, a close ally of US President Donald Trump, said this:

“When it comes to Kashmir, I don’t know how it ends, but let’s make sure that two democracies will end it differently. And if you can prove that concept here, then I think it’s probably the best way to sell democracy.”

Pat came the reply from S Jaishankar.

“Don’t worry, Senator. One democracy will settle it. And you know which one.”

You can watch the full exchange here.

In recent months, India has received widespread criticism for its decision to scrap the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state’s special legal status — especially from Pakistan — but insists it was only correcting a historic wrong.

A number of prominent political figures in Kashmir, including three former chief ministers, have been placed under detention using the Public Safety Act. This 1978 law is often described as draconian — it allows authorities to detain a person for up to two years without a trial.

“Detention without charges is the worst abomination in a democracy,” former Union Minister P Chidambaram said recently.

On Saturday, Shah Faesal, a bureaucrat-turned-politician, became the latest public figure in Kashmir to be booked under the PSA.

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