Pakistan steps up firing across the border

By K.N. Pandita

In recent months Pakistan has stepped up unprovoked firing and shelling at many sites along the LoC in J&K. Deviating from the previous practice and in blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement of 2003 between the two sides, Pakistani Rangers are now using heavy weapons and targeting the civilian locations on our side of the border. Several civilian casualties have happened and a large number of civilians living along the border had to be shifted to safer places. Continue Reading…

Contribution of Kashmir to Farsi literature

K.N. Pandita

Introduction

Kashmir’s contribution to Farsi literature has to be taken as part of India’s contribution to Farsi literature. The beginning and popularizing of Farsi language and literature in India is connected with the establishment of Muslim rule first in the western and then in other parts of India; Continue Reading…

Jammu and Kashmir Nationalist Movement (JKNM)

Press Release – 9 June 2020

JKNM strongly condemns the dastardly killing of young Ajay Pandit (Bharti) the elected Sarpanch of a village in Anantnag district at the hands of Islamic terrorists who have been fighting Islamic jihad in Kashmir for last three decades on the behest and with the tacit support of Pakistan-based terrorist organizations, two or three of which have been designated by the UN and the US State Department. Continue Reading…

Opposing Delimitation of Constituencies

By K.N. Pandita

In a formal statement, National Conference rejected the government’s plan of forming an advisory committee to handle the delimitation of assembly constituencies in the J&K Union Territory. NC members nominated on the said committee by the Lok Sabha Speaker have declined to accept the assignment. Other opposition parties in the UT have also rejected the process attributing it to government’s opportunism. Continue Reading…

Who politicizes Islam?

By K.N. Pandita

In an ethnic flare-up in the China’s Autonomous Republic of Xinjiang in 2011, more than 24 persons were killed and property destroyed. The attacks were brutal in Kashghar. Beijing accused the radicals among the Uighur Sunni Muslim community of Xinjiang of stoking the riots. It brought the onus of the violent upsurge to the doorsteps of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), who, it said, “receive training in Pakistan – an ally of China”, reported the Aljazeera channel in its Asia Pacific newscast on 6 August 2011. Continue Reading…

Discarding the Durbar move

By K.N. Pandita

Perhaps J&K is the only federating unit of the Union of India with two capitals, and hence, the six-monthly shift of the secretariat. The practice of six-monthly Durbar move between Srinagar and Jammu adopted 149 years ago as per the necessity of the day, has turned to be redundant and outlandish in the second decade of the 21st century generally called the age of highly advanced science and technology. Continue Reading…

Issuance of Domicile Certificates

By K.N. Pandita

It is learnt through media sources that an exercise is underway at the Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for framing rules, defining procedures and notifying the competent authority for issuance of domicile certificates in the UT of J&K. The exercise has begun in the wake of the J&K Reorganization order issued by the Home Ministry on March 31, 2020. It is also reported that final touches are being given to the draft rules and the task may be completed within a week or so. Continue Reading…

Letter to the Editor – “Pandit, the legal pariah”

Sir,

This refers to ‘Pandits as pariah, legally’, (GK April 29). The crux of author’s narrative is that the extirpated community of Kashmiri Pandits has lost the domicile right in Kashmir Valley in the wake of new Domicile Bill. He wants to provide rationale for the consequences of ethnic cleansing of Kashmir Valley of Kashmiri Hindu minority community in 1990. Continue Reading…

Savage in the neighbourhood

K.N. Pandita

Till date, mankind knows no deadlier epidemic than COVID-19. In a matter of weeks, the pandemic spread across the globe taking a heavy toll of life. It is three months old now and despite enormous potential, the world community has in medical science researches no antidote to the virus has been discovered till date. Continue Reading…

Will HM ride the tiger?

By K.N. Pandita

Home Minister and Prime Minister, both have indicated that the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir could be revived over time. The PM has gone half a step further and said it can happen sooner than later. What does this indicate?

Many surmises are made. It could be political rhetoric to keep Kashmir stakeholders in a state of limbo; a ploy to make smooth the functionality of the newly constituted Apni Party or it could mean to tone down the criticism of sections of national and international media both of which have been writing viciously against recent reformative measures of the Modi government. Continue Reading…