The issue of minority status for Pandits

By K.N. Pandita

Chairman National Minority Commission has opined that Kashmiri Pandits should be given the status of a minority community. This status is granted only by the Union Home Ministry. There are six communities in the country which have been accorded minority status with Jains being the recent entry into the list after Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsees. Continue Reading…

JNU – The Kashmir Connection

By Kashinath Pandit

A year ago Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), country’s ‘prestigious” university had witnessed some turmoil among a section of its students. In the first place, is it really a prestigious university? In forty-six years of its life, it did not produce a single Nobel laureate or an intellectual of outstanding repute. Continue Reading…

The bombast of permanent solution

By K.N. Pandita

Home Minster’s emphatic statement that the Centre is working on permanent and final solution of Kashmir tangle is a departure from usual rhetoric of Delhi political bosses. His statement has created ripples in the Dal Lake. Continue Reading…

Hurriyat (G) under NIA scanner

By K.N. Pandita

That the separatists have been regularly receiving huge monies illegally from undisclosed sources outside the country is no news. To think that insurgency and secessionist movement can survive for more than a quarter of a century without perennial funding is inconceivable. Continue Reading…

Who holds key to Kashmir issue?

By K.N. Pandita

Inaugurating a newly built flyover in Jammu the other day, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that the key of solution to Kashmir issue rests in the hands of Prime Minister Modi. She argued that having a massive mandate of the people of the country, Modi had the strength to solve the Kashmir issue.

Two things are noticeable. One is that Mehbooba recognizes that Modi is the most popular Prime Minister of India and hence is bestowed with the courage of solving Kashmir issue. Prime Ministers preceding him did not have the courage. Continue Reading…

Letter to the Editor – Modi and Kashmir issue

Editor DE

Dear Sir,
All countrymen including CM Mehbooba rightly recognize PM Modi as a strong leader with massive mandate (DE May 7). But we don’t think it is he can solve Kashmir issue. The real key to solution is the people of Kashmir. Owing to deliberate misleading by local leadership, Kashmiri youth have been fed with many falsehoods and hatred against India. Continue Reading…

BJP policy on Kashmir crystallizing

By K.N. Pandita

In his opening remarks when the BJP national president was to address a large gathering of Jammu intellectuals and political activist, Dr. Jitendra Singh, MOS in PMO made an aphorismic expression. He said, “Kashmir is the nucleus of BJP”. The remark carries more meaning than what meets the eye. Continue Reading…

Farooq holds key to Kashmir solution

By K.N. Pandita

Kashmir is in the news. In New Delhi and Srinagar, helmsmen are in close consultation.
Political situation in the Valley has deteriorated. Separatists are agog with joy. Sustained civilian unrest and recurring armed clashes with terrorists, give grist to human rights violation propaganda, with buyers at home and abroad. Continue Reading…

The road to national resurgence

By Kashinath Pandit

Isn’t our democracy still in embryonic stage? Transformation of an ancient Asiatic country of heterogeneous complexion into a modern state is a lengthy and painstaking process. Moreover, a mindset shaped by many centuries of slavery to alien rule takes its time of restoration to equilibrium. By assuming that our democracy is in bloom we only allow ourselves to fall a prey to willing suspension of disbelief. Continue Reading…

Scripting new chapter of democracy

By K.N. Pandita

A period of seven decades is small as well as big for Indian democracy; small because training a populace, one-half of which at least, is illiterate, ignorant and tradition ridden, in democratic politics is peanuts. It is big because the task of bringing political awareness among the people has become far easier and quicker in contemporary times, thanks to miracles of science and technology that have given new name to the parameters of governance.   Continue Reading…