Our PoK narrative must change

By K.N. Pandita

“Azad Jammu and Kashmir” of Pakistan is our “Pakistan occupied Kashmir”. Preparations for annexing Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan through force of arms were secretly planned in Peshawar months ahead of the transfer of power on 15 August 1947. NWFP Chief Minister Qayyum Khan and PM Liaquat Khan were the key figures of the conspiracy. General Akbar Khan of Pakistan army, who was controlling the movement of the invading lashkars and Pakistani regulars in civilian mufti into Kashmir, has given a graphic account of how the attack was conducted. Continue Reading…

Dissection of Pak’s frustration

By K.N. Pandita

Imran messaged his debut as Pak PM with India-Pak peace rhetoric. Pak army imagined that with a former popular cricketer as the show boy, it can repair its terror-daubed image and pass for a peace-loving country purporting to blunt India’s thrust. New Delhi stood fast by its known stand that talks and terror do not go together. This ended up in Imran’s first frustration as the PM. Continue Reading…

A dirge for Kashmiriyat

By K.N. Pandita

In a commentary on-ground situation in Kashmir relayed from Radio Kashmir on 25 November after evening Urdu news, a litany of veiled accusations against the government and diabolic comments on the ground situation in Kashmir was broadcast. Earlier, the newscast as usual, used most of the time in accusing the administration of many hardships and deprivations caused to the people by imposing strict preventive measures after August 5 but without saying a word or a hit to the necessity and compulsion of the government taking a decision like that. A radio station is primarily expected to take up the task of educating the people. Continue Reading…

Reorganization Act and regional strategy

By K.N. Pandita

With the passing of J&K Reorganization Act 2019, J&K’s more than seven decades old frozen political narrative has entered its de-freezing era. Remember the Act was passed by a massive majority vote in the Parliament. Those who opposed the bill during the parliamentary debate, and continue their opposition even more fiercely after the passage of the bill, are motivated by politics of vengeance and not by larger national interests. Continue Reading…

Letter to the Editor – Reorganization of J&K

Daily Excelsior

Sir,
This refers to the write up “Is Article 370’s …..” by B.L. Saraf (DE Oct 31). Ruling political parties are within the bounds of logic to talk about their positive achievements in public domain. Achievements like BDC/Panchayat elections etc. are to be gauged not by the criterion of which party wins how many votes but by the imperative of fundamental democratic principle of empowering the people and facilitating them for self governance. Continue Reading…

Durbar move: a raging controversy

(see on en.wikipedia)
By K.N. Pandita

Amidst a plethora of tasks awaiting attention in the aftermath of the reorganization of the State, is the question whether abolishing nearly two centuries old practice of Durbar move after every six months is or is not feasible. This is a serious question. Continue Reading…

The histrionics of J&K accession

By K.N. Pandita

In his book Integration of the Indian States, (page 438), V.P. Menon, the then Secretary in the Ministry of States, writes, “Shortly before the transfer of power, Pandit Ramchandra Kak was replaced as Prime Minister by Maj. Gen Janak Singh. The Government of J&K then announced their intention of negotiating Standstill Agreements with both India and Pakistan. Pakistan signed the agreement but we wanted time to examine its implications. We left the State alone. Continue Reading…

UNHRC’s doubtful impartiality on Kashmir

By K.N. Pandita

UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd session has just come to an end in Geneva. My more than twenty year experience at the UN in Geneva is that it has not been fair to India in regard to Kashmir cause. This bigotry is traceable to the days of British colonial rule over India. Continue Reading…

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…