Who abused Article 370 and how?

By K.N. Pandita

Recent constitutional and administrative reforms in J&K have caused some concern and apprehensions to the Muslim population of the State especially the Valley. Their main argument is that the law makers had understood the necessity of granting J&K a special status in the Indian Constitution. Continue Reading…

Depoliticizing Kashmir is the way out

By K.N. Pandita

Upturning of a plethora of Kashmir political rubble accumulated over seventy years is the sum and substance of Governor’s recent interview to some pressmen. It is for the first time that the Governor has demystified the inscrutable facade of Kashmir politics. Some commentators will call it a browbeating. Unfortunately most of our Kashmir watchers in the media are not well informed on the psyche of the Kashmiris and would like to evaluate in terms of true democrats only or through their ideological prism. Continue Reading…

Palsied intellectualism of our times

By K.N. Pandita

More than 700 top intellectuals of the expelled and exiled community of Kashmiri Hindus (Pandits) coming from pre-eminent professions all over the country and abroad, recently signed a memorandum wherein they warmly welcomed the historic decision taken by an overwhelming (two-third) majority of both houses of Indian Parliament in regard to important constitutional and administrative reforms specific to the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Continue Reading…

PoK “nationalists” on horns of dilemma

By K.N. Pandita

I have many friends in PoK. A good number of them lives as expatriates in the UK and other European countries including Switzerland. We are good friends and, in a way, friends in adversity. Pakistan’s oppression forced them to seek asylum in western countries and for the same reason people of my community had to leave the homeland and seek shelter in different parts of our country. The difference is that they are the refugees in a foreign country and we are refugees in our own country. Continue Reading…

Why India rejects mediation

By K.N. Pandita

In 72-year-old Kashmir dispute, India persistently rejected third party mediation. Some superpowers volunteering to offer mediation are morally on the back foot to accept historical truths fearing it might jeopardize their global dominance. They take cover under dubious proposal of mediation. India has strong reasons, historical, legal, moral and factual to turn down any suggestion of mediation from any quarter especially from one that has done much arm-twisting to her when the question was at the Security Council. Continue Reading…

Kashmir hysteria grips Pakistan

By K.N. Pandita

Kashmir is all that Pakistan talks about these days. On 14 August, the day on which Great Britain created Pakistan in 1947, Imran Khan was in Muzaffarabad instigating PoK “nationalists”, (the long-time adversaries of Pakistan), that India had snatched away Kashmir from them. He purported to convey through them a message to PoK expatriates in the UK who responded by making a massive protest demonstration in front of the Indian Mission in London. The London police made a mock show of preventive measures. Continue Reading…

J&K integrated into the Indian Union

(This article replaces the one put yesterday named ‘Kashmir festering sore under the surgeon’s knife):

By K.N. Pandita

Jammu and Kashmir issue was at the top of BJP’s agenda from day one of Modi-02 government. The reason for BJP to pull the carpet under the feet of the coalition government was its dark foreboding that Jammu and Kashmir were made to gravitate to theocratic propensity. Continue Reading…

Agonized MP from Kashmir Valley

By K.N. Pandita

People usually exonerate his eccentricities by saying in a lighter vein that Farooq Abdullah, the former chief minister of J&K and now an MP, has, a method in the madness. His supporters see no eccentricity in him while his detractors love it with hatred. Such is the colourfulness of his personality. He is not true when in power and he is totally untrue when out of power. Continue Reading…

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…