Letter to the Editor – KP return

Daily Excelsior

Dear Sir,

Apropos Dr K.L. Chowdhury’s article ‘Return of Kashmiri Pandits’ (DE 1 Aug) the disturbing point is that a few Pandits hobnobbing with the Hurriyat (M) have publicly said that they have the blessings of the Home Ministry sources to make the exercise. Neither the MHA nor the office of the State Governor has repudiated this assertion. Hence there is a further intensification of uncertainty and suspense… Continue Reading…

Open letter to President Donald Trump

By K.N. Pandita

Dear Mr. President,

I think you have some faint idea about Kashmir dispute. Owing to the fact that in the cold war era, the newly created State of Pakistan was a close ally of Anglo-American bloc, therefore, to serve its interests, the bloc, by and large, accepted the version of Kashmir dispute as presented by Pakistan. Their viewpoint was strengthened when they found India pandering to the Soviet bloc. Continue Reading…

Farooq sees threat to Kashmir identity

By K.N. Pandita

Addressing a party function at NC headquarters in Srinagar on 20 July, Farooq Abdullah, the Chairman of NC and former CM of J&K has sounded the alarm of grave threat to the identity of Kashmir presumably at the hands of the Central government.

The tone and tenor of the address replicate the threatening speech delivered by his father, Sheikh Abdullah at R.S. Pora in 1953, days before his dismissal and arrest. Continue Reading…

Remembering the heroes of Kargil

By K.N. Pandita

On 26 July 2019, the Indian nation, but more particularly the great Indian Army will commemorate the 20th anniversary of “Operation Vijay”, the code name of Kargil operations with the theme ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew.’ Troops from three battalions will undertake expeditions to the peaks where their units had fought under impossible conditions (15000 to 18000 feet high peaks) to drive out Pakistani intruders. Continue Reading…

Kashmir Valley Politics: Alignments and Re-alignments

By K.N. Pandit (from July 2, 2019)

Three districts of South Kashmir, Shupian, Pulwama and Anantnag have become the centre of ongoing armed insurgency in Kashmir.

Previously, Sopor town and its hinterland Rafiabad were the main operational areas of the insurgents. Rafiabad’s pre-Islamic name is Hamal, which is the corrupted form of Sanskrit Shamala. In Rajatarangini, Kalhan Pandit has described the strategic importance of the region of Shamala for its connectivity with the Shamsbari mountain range beyond which lies the Kishanganga valley. Continue Reading…

Letter to the Editor – BJP’s Kashmir agenda

Daily Excelsior

Dear Sir,

If the Home Minister’s Kashmir priority is outside media hype, it passes for the much-delayed initiative of tackling the issue at brass-tacks. Without questioning his sagacity, the deskbook rule is that astute statecraft does not permit overdoing issues howsoever listed as a priority. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

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…