Kashmir politics hostage to ambivalence

By K.N. Pandita

Three districts of South Kashmir are infested with militancy. Crowds of local people come out to throw stones at security forces with the purpose of obstructing their operation against hiding terrorists. Police tries to disperse the crowds using minimum force. Continue Reading…

Why become panicky for Gov rule

By K.N. Pandita

I don’t find any strong reason to impose Governor’s rule and keep the assembly either in animated suspension or dissolve it. These are extreme steps. That is not good statesmanship.
Conditions have been worst earlier also in the State and in the valley. And the situation can become far graver in days to come. Imposition of Governor’s rule means lack of trust in the coalition government. There is no justification for that. Continue Reading…

Pak intensifies border shelling

By K.N. Pandita

Situation on the Line of Control at some very sensitive parts like Krishna Ghati in Poonch or Nowshehra sectors has become tense as a result of Pakistani infiltrators making more bids to sneak into Indian Territory and carry out their plan of attacking Indian posts. In the more recent exchange of fire, two of our jawans have been martyred and two more have been injured. Pakistani troops, too, have suffered casualties and at least two of their armed men have been gunned down. Four of their launching pads have been decimated. Earlier also Indian army destroyed some more launching pads Pakistan had raised close to the LoC. Continue Reading…

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…