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Letter to the Editor – Telling the truth

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Two more write–ups besides the ed op “A case of peace talks through the press?”, all pertaining to Kashmir and its terrorism scenario have appeared in the issue of December 9.

It reflects seriousness about the situation in Kashmir. Is it not the time to call the spade by its proper name and shun ostrich like attitude? Islamic militants have made deep inroads into all walks of life of Kashmiri civil society; political parties of all hues, administration, bureaucracy, intelligence, law making and civic bodies, police, and security forces. Kashmir has been totally Islamized with non-Muslims hounded out and Islamic theological dispensation ruling the roost. What is more, the Indian state has willy-nilly accepted a theocratic federating state within a secular union.

Public has a right to ask the print media to tell them the truth even if it is harsh and unpalatable. Kashinath, Jammu.

IDP Center – new name and website

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We are pleased to announce that the Global IDP Project of the Norwegian Refugee Council has changed its name to Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). The name change is accompanied by a relaunch of the IDMC’s website and its online IDP database. Please go and visit the new website and the IDP database.

New name: We believe our new name better reflects the main focus of our work: monitoring situations of internal displacement, advocating for solutions to the plight of the world’s 25 million internally displaced people, and strengthening the capacity of actors on the ground to improve their responses to IDP crises. The Centre continues to be an integral part of the Norwegian Refugee Council and its mandate remains unchanged.

Improved website: The IDMC’s new website provides free and easy access to comprehensive and frequently updated information and analysis on all situations of conflict-induced internal displacement worldwide. The new inter-active IDP map opens an additional gateway to the over 50 country pages currently featured on the IDMC’s website. Each country page serves as a portal to a host of IDP-related reports, news, maps and other resources. Several thematic resource pages are also available on the new website.

Re-register now: As part of the relaunch, we are updating our distribution lists. If you would like to continue to receive the bi-weekly IDP News Alert or e-mail notifications of new IDMC reports and profile updates, please re-register now on our subscription page.

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Letter to the Editor – Power of Judiciary

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Sir, From October 16 to November 30 — a span of just 45 days — Lok Adalat, specially convened by the J&K High Court Chief Justice, disposed of 3,000 disputed cases of 540 families of earthquake victims in Kashmir, and resultantly disbursed 10 crores of rupees by way of relief. (TH Nov. 30).

Honourbale Chief Justice said,” I thought I could use the power of the judiciary for the right cause….”. It an admirable act of humanism and sense of duty towards the countrymen struck by ill fate. We would request Hon’ble Chief Justice to repeat his generous act of humanism plus the power of judiciary in hundreds of thousands of disputed cases of the three hundred thousand people of religious minority driven out by the terrorists from Kashmir valley in 1990.

Their cases have been hanging fire in various courts and offices of the State for last 15 years. Kashinath Pandit, 320-Jawahar Nagar, Talab Tiloo, Jammu – 180002, Email: