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…

The story of Jama’at-i-Islami (JI) Jammu and Kashmir

By K.N. Pandita

The cadre-based religious-political organization called Jama’at-i-Islami (JI) meaning Islamic group is distinctly different from JI Hind just because it recognizes J&K a disputed territory and not a part of the Indian Union.

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Narrative on Kashmir must change

By K.N. Pandita

Pulwama suicide attack of Jaish terrorists could become a watershed in the Kashmir narrative. The Jaish claimed the attack and Pakistan Prime Minister wants India a convincing proof. If Jaish were not operating from Pakistani soil with a terrorist training camp hidden somewhere in the dense forests of Balakot, Pakistan’s stand would carry some sense. Continue Reading…

Reflections on CRP tragedy in Pulwama

By K.N. Pandita

The martyrdom of 44 jawans of CRP and injuring many others in an IED blast on National Highway near Awantipora in Pulwama district on 14 February has drowned the nation and the concerned families in deep agony. It is a huge loss. Big nations have to bear big losses as well. Continue Reading…

When leaders become shameless

By K.N. Pandita

Ishrat Muneer, a 25-year old girl of village Dangarpora in district Pulwama was gunned down by the jihadi terrorists although she had supplicated with folded hands for sparing her life. With the first bullet piercing her skull she fell down. The cannibal fired another bullet on her head. Her dead body was recovered from somewhere in Draggad area of Shupian in Zainapora. It became viral and their purpose was served. Continue Reading…

Strangulating the Neelam Valley

By K.N. Pandita

Kashmir historian Kalhan Pandit (mid-12th century) has made a mention of river Krishnaganga several times in his chronicle Rajatarangini and has also given some useful hints about its geographical location and the region through which it flows. Continue Reading…

The last night together: 19 January 1990

By Dr Kashinath Pandit

It was the 19th of January 1990. Days were cold and nights bitter though there was no snow on the ground. Around 9 PM, loud and thunderous slogans of Allah-o- Akbar, Pakistan ka matlab kya/ La ila ha ilallah, Islam zindabad, Pakistan zindabad raised collectively by a multitude of humans and relayed through deafening loudspeakers pierced the eardrum. These slogans were not new to Pandits in Kashmir. However, the odd hour, the tumultuous bang and intriguing spontaneity besides shrieking loudspeakers, all spoke threateningly that a storm was brewing in Kashmir. Continue Reading…

Kashmir issue: the Norwegian link

By K.N. Pandita

About a year ago, a Kashmiri Pandit organization named Roots in Kashmir filed a petition with the Supreme Court supplicating for reopening of the subject of ethnic cleansing and violation of human rights of the displaced community. The Supreme Court turned down the petition asserting that it was a twenty-five-year-old issue and culling out the evidence would be an uphill task. However, only some weeks ago, the Supreme Court, while adjudicating the case of Sikh genocide of 1984, gave life imprisonment to one of the culprits. The Supreme Court is also hearing the five hundred year-old Ramjanam Bhumi-Babri Masjid dispute. Continue Reading…

Security Council’s Resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir – an analysis

By K.N. Pandita

Introductory

Prior to the partition of India on August 15, 1947, and the withdrawal of the British colonial rule, the North Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, one of the 570 odd big or small princely states of the British Indian Empire had to decide about its future once the British paramountcy lapsed. The princely states enjoyed nominal autonomy within the parameters of British suzerainty. What would be their status after the British had left. Continue Reading…