Letter to the Editor – Carrying Vajpayee legacy

Daily Excelsior

Dear Sir,

Apropos ‘Modi did not ….: (DE 28 April)

NC and PDP chiefs both nostalgically speak of “Vajpayee doctrine” about resolving Kashmir imbroglio. Partisan media is usually euphoric and loquacious on the subject. However, nobody including the author himself ever explained what that doctrine was. Vajpayee never explained what his aphorism of “jamhooriat, insaniyat aur Kashmiriyat” meant. Who needed to be reminded of the ambiguous triumvirate? He invited Musharraf to Agra, conducted negotiations with him that ended in a fiasco. Musharraf cashed on the event by inviting international media to his hotel and announcing that he had made all concession but Indians were a bundle of confusion. Kargil was Pak’s slap on Vajpayee’s soft cheek. He proved disastrous as a leader, a statesman and a commander. The jawans of Indian army who fought and died in Kargil war saved his prestige and his chair, and the man never did even the smallest act of providing basic facilities to the soldiers fighting at a high altitude to combat the enemy and the inclement weather leave aside One Rank One Pension issue. Finding him totally confused and contradictory, a senior bureaucrat in the MEA sidelined him and rebutted Musharraf. Where was the Insaniyat of Kashmiris when more than a thousand of innocent Kashmiri Pandits were murdered in cold blood and the entire the valley ethnically cleansed of them. Why did not the element of insaniyat scratch Vajpayee’s humanistic sense throughout his two stints as PM? He will be remembered, no doubt, for making 130 crore Indians a prisoner of one terrorist–Azhar Masud.

K.N. Pandita

Cross-LoC trade: A reckless agreement

By K.N. Pandita

We intend to expose our political leadership in signing a gravely dangerous agreement with Pakistan in 2008 which has proved a challenge to the security of our country.

Under external and internal pressures, and on dubious insistence of J&K government, the then UPA government led by Dr. Manmohan Singh signed in 2008 the ill-advised and reckless agreement of opening two trading points across the LoC in insurgency-torn J&K – one at Salamabad in Uri and the other in Chakan-d-Bag in Poonch. Continue Reading…

Valley leadership on secessionist course

By K.N. Pandita

Valley’s leading political parties participating in the parliamentary (and later on in the assembly) elections in Kashmir have lately found a pretext behind which they are giving vent to what they have been at pains to hide over the years. NC and PDP heavyweights both have publicly and to the media said that if Article 370 or 35-A are abolished, Kashmir will rejoice at God-sent (read Pakistan-sent) separation from the Indian Union. Continue Reading…

“Hum Nibhayenge”: Congress Manifesto

By K.N. Pandita

On Tuesday, Congress President formally released the party’s manifesto for the J&K State titled “Congress will deliver”. The question is not of “delivering”; it is of accepting what is delivered. What the Congress has promised to deliver is an upgraded appeasement package this time wrapped in silk-soft packing stuff. The title “Hum Nibhayenge” carries the subtle meaning that “we shall accommodate you”. Continue Reading…

The story of Jama’at-i-Islami (JI) Jammu and Kashmir

By K.N. Pandita

The cadre-based religious-political organization called Jama’at-i-Islami (JI) meaning Islamic group is distinctly different from JI Hind just because it recognizes J&K a disputed territory and not a part of the Indian Union.

Origin Continue Reading…

Narrative on Kashmir must change

By K.N. Pandita

Pulwama suicide attack of Jaish terrorists could become a watershed in the Kashmir narrative. The Jaish claimed the attack and Pakistan Prime Minister wants India a convincing proof. If Jaish were not operating from Pakistani soil with a terrorist training camp hidden somewhere in the dense forests of Balakot, Pakistan’s stand would carry some sense. Continue Reading…

Reflections on CRP tragedy in Pulwama

By K.N. Pandita

The martyrdom of 44 jawans of CRP and injuring many others in an IED blast on National Highway near Awantipora in Pulwama district on 14 February has drowned the nation and the concerned families in deep agony. It is a huge loss. Big nations have to bear big losses as well. Continue Reading…

When leaders become shameless

By K.N. Pandita

Ishrat Muneer, a 25-year old girl of village Dangarpora in district Pulwama was gunned down by the jihadi terrorists although she had supplicated with folded hands for sparing her life. With the first bullet piercing her skull she fell down. The cannibal fired another bullet on her head. Her dead body was recovered from somewhere in Draggad area of Shupian in Zainapora. It became viral and their purpose was served. Continue Reading…

Strangulating the Neelam Valley

By K.N. Pandita

Kashmir historian Kalhan Pandit (mid-12th century) has made a mention of river Krishnaganga several times in his chronicle Rajatarangini and has also given some useful hints about its geographical location and the region through which it flows. Continue Reading…

The last night together: 19 January 1990

By Dr Kashinath Pandit

It was the 19th of January 1990. Days were cold and nights bitter though there was no snow on the ground. Around 9 PM, loud and thunderous slogans of Allah-o- Akbar, Pakistan ka matlab kya/ La ila ha ilallah, Islam zindabad, Pakistan zindabad raised collectively by a multitude of humans and relayed through deafening loudspeakers pierced the eardrum. These slogans were not new to Pandits in Kashmir. However, the odd hour, the tumultuous bang and intriguing spontaneity besides shrieking loudspeakers, all spoke threateningly that a storm was brewing in Kashmir. Continue Reading…