Letter to the Editor – Advisory body

Daily Excelsior

Sir,

This refers to the piece titled ‘Advisory body for migrants and refugees’ by Mr. B.L. Saraf (Feb 4) The crux of the write up, if I rightly understand, is that there are various groups of people who fall in the category of migrants and refugees like Kashmiri Pandits, Jammu migrants, POJK and West Pakistan Refugees. The background and history of their displacement is not the same and as such creating one advisory body (omnibus) to address their problems and grievances may not prove a success. There is much weight in the argument.

This notwithstanding, I would like to add that the biggest group of people in the State, call them migrants/displaced/refugees whatever you may, is of the people of the valley of Kashmir who are shifting temporarily to Jammu during Durbar move/winter and immediately on arrival obtain a certificate of Kashmiri migrants and with that become recipients of cash and kind relief from the State government’s authorised agencies. The fact is that at least half of the valley population are now internally displaced persons in Jammu and taken care of by the coalition government. Obviously, it seems that the new 60000 flats which the MHA has sanctioned for migrants will be constructed in Jammu somewhere close to mini-Pak, and allotted to the last category of displaced persons. Evidently, the day is not far away when the entire population of Kashmir valley will have to be treated as IDPS in their own homes and hence provided monthly cash doles by way of relief for leisure migration.

K.N. Pandita

Letter to the Editor – Separate State for Muslims

Daily Excelsior

Sir,

This refers to the news item “CM denounces demand for separate State for Muslims of India” (DE Feb 1). Mufti Nasir ul Islam cannot be castigated for a demand for separate state for Indian Muslims. The demand formed the core of the agenda of Indian Muslim League during freedom struggle. Not only the British rulers, Congress also negotiated the deal and both conceded the demand of Indian Muslim League obviously believing that a people, more especially a threatened group, have the right to live as they like. Continue Reading…

Letter to the Editor – CM appeals to India, Pakistan

Daily Excelsior

Sir,

CM’s appeal for resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue (DE Jan 8) is aptly timed but inaptly approached. She repetitively urges India to talk to Pakistan. Chief Ministers preceding her, too, tried these antics. With pro-Pak orientation, such antics carry strong element of political endearment. Kashmiris themselves bade good bye to peace in 1990. Regretfully they hailed ushering in of an epoch of violence and bloodsheds with covert and overt consensus of civil society. Continue Reading…

Simmering cauldron in the Himalayas

By K.N. Pandita

We shall be entering twenty-eighth year of sponsored Kashmir insurgency. The bloodshed on either side has neither thrown out India nor brought in Pakistan.
The position of Kashmir uprising is far weaker today than what it was in 1990s or early 20s. The world community is convinced that Kashmir is part of Islamic Theo-fascism. Continue Reading…

Playing the politics of obduracy

K.N. Pandita

Obduracy and inflexibility are not the tools to play politics with. The Hurriyat leaders believe their success lies in being obdurate to the hilt. Who forces them to walk the talk? Continue Reading…

Back to dialogue in Kashmir

By K.N. Pandita

Sceptics ask how the fate of fresh initiative for dialogue with stakeholders in Kashmir can yield any positive result when similar attempts in the past were a flop. Continue Reading…

Home Minister’s panacea of 5 Cs

By K.N Pandita

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has just concluded his 4-day visit to J&K. He spent maximum of his time in Srinagar, and the customary eye wash of visit to Jammu by way of a balancing act.

I looked up in dictionary to find out if HM’s 5-Cs carries some deeper or mysterious meaning. I found none. What does he want to convey and to whom, is my question. Continue Reading…

Feelers for surrender by freshers

By K.N. Pandita

Like all regressive activities, militancy, too, has to come to its logical conclusion which is its total effacement. This thinking developed soon among Kashmirian civil society after the separatists refused to interact with the All Party Parliamentary delegation that visited the valley last August. Continue Reading…

India-Pakistan dialogue on Kashmir

By K.N. Pandita

J&K Chief Minister repeats the tantrum of dialogue with Pakistan knowing well there are no takers in India and much less in Pakistan. Not only her late father but even father-son NC chief minister-duo before him had also harped on the same tune. They don’t do it out of gaffe. Continue Reading…

The Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits – excerpt

published on European Foundation for South-Asian Studies EFSAS, July 2017:

… Conclusion: Continue Reading…