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…

Farooq holds key to Kashmir solution

By K.N. Pandita

Kashmir is in the news. In New Delhi and Srinagar, helmsmen are in close consultation.
Political situation in the Valley has deteriorated. Separatists are agog with joy. Sustained civilian unrest and recurring armed clashes with terrorists, give grist to human rights violation propaganda, with buyers at home and abroad. Continue Reading…

The road to national resurgence

By Kashinath Pandit

Isn’t our democracy still in embryonic stage? Transformation of an ancient Asiatic country of heterogeneous complexion into a modern state is a lengthy and painstaking process. Moreover, a mindset shaped by many centuries of slavery to alien rule takes its time of restoration to equilibrium. By assuming that our democracy is in bloom we only allow ourselves to fall a prey to willing suspension of disbelief. Continue Reading…

Scripting new chapter of democracy

By K.N. Pandita

A period of seven decades is small as well as big for Indian democracy; small because training a populace, one-half of which at least, is illiterate, ignorant and tradition ridden, in democratic politics is peanuts. It is big because the task of bringing political awareness among the people has become far easier and quicker in contemporary times, thanks to miracles of science and technology that have given new name to the parameters of governance.   Continue Reading…

Perfecting the art of self-deception

By K.N. Pandita

A friend defined a hypocrite as one who believes in his own lies. History of separatist movement in Kashmir is a classical example of hypocrisy meaning people believing in their belied moment. Continue Reading…

Moment of introspection for Hurriyat

By K.N. Pandita

Some out of power politicians and sections of print media are in the habit of intentionally issuing statements that create uproar in civil society. One such occasion they recently chose was the statement issued by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. Amusing and childlike stories were fabricated. It speaks of their churlish nature.   Continue Reading…

Is coalition functioning steadily?

By K.N. Pandta

There are worrying signs about the coalition government’s will to function according to the diktat of national interests. Some of their actions do not conform to words, and even go contrary to what is said in public.

In particular, BJP’s role as partner in the government is carefully evaluated by stakeholders and analysts. Continue Reading…

Our “intellectuals” of ‘post-truth era’

By K.N. Pandita

During past two months, former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha twice led a delegation of Delhi-based organization named “Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation” to Kashmir.

This group of “intellectuals” working on Kashmir for more than a decade includes some top ex-bureaucrats, diplomats, senior army and civil servants including former Army Chief, former RAW Chief and former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and others, all high profile personalities. Continue Reading…