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Restoration of statehood to J&K

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By K N Pandita

State Reorganization Act 2019 passed by the Parliament on 5 August 2019 with a huge majority vote came as a shock to the Kashmir valley leadership, the victims of split-personality. The bluster spelt out by Gupkar Declaration of August 4, 2019, like “the streams of blood will flow”, and “not a single man will be there to raise tricolour” foreboding, all evaporated in thin air when only 24 hours later, a bill purporting not only the scrapping of anti-people Article 370 but also breaking the State into two Union Territories was tabled in the Parliament. Next day, 6th of August, the bill was passed into an Act of Parliament with an overwhelming majority. Continue Reading…

PoK – a spurious state run by proxy

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By K.N. Pandita

Political theorists have not been able to define the legal and political status of a region illegally occupied by Pakistan and named “Azad Jammu and Kashmir”. Realizing its strategic importance in the context of CPEC, B&R Initiative and Chinas expansionist designs eastward, Beijing insisted upon Pakistan to define the region’s legal and juridical status. Continue Reading…

Geelani disassociates from Hurriyat: Story of ideological crisis

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By K.N. Pandita

For quite some time Geelani was mute, maybe owing to advancing age problem like dementia. In a letter, scripted three months ago but released now to the heads of the eight units of his organization (Hurriyat – G), he made threadbare confession of his dissatisfaction with the units of his organization in both parts of the State. Continue Reading…

Letter to the Editor – Signals from Kashmir

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Daily Excelsior
Sir,

Apropos K.B. Jandial’s Don’t overlook negative signals from Kashmir (DE 11 June). The writer has tried to unravel very crucial aspects of the current situation of Kashmir militancy. Nobody will disagree with his analysis and depth of perception. But I have to add something. I find he has been treading with over-cautious steps in a field that for sure is striven with dangerous thorns. He should have overcome reservation and caution in a matter that is of extraordinary importance to the Indian nation. Continue Reading…

Pakistan steps up firing across the border

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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

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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)

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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

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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?

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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

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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…