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Contemporary Kashmir politics – Some insights

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Contemporary Kashmir politics

Some insights

(based on the political diary of Reshi Dev)

Translation and annotation by K.N. Pandit

Published by Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum

E-241, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi – 110076

Hard bound, pages 238, price Rs. 400.00

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Reshi Dev, a life–long political activist of Kashmir, hopped in and out of almost all major political parties, worked honestly at grassroots level for seven decades, came into contact with many leading personalities in politics and, to his great consternation, found that they were sincere only to their self-interests and not to the people who returned them to power in elections. Bruised and mauled, Reshi Dev penned down at the age of 92 his reminiscences in exile.  K.N. Pandit has translated this diary from Urdu into English adding informative annotations and appendices.

Kashmir Question

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By K.N. Pandita

This article was published first on Kashmir Herald, Vol 2 no 9, February 2003.

[Editor's Note: [Readers are recommended to take a look at Chandrashekhar Dasgupta's 'War and Diplomacy in Kashmir, 1947-48, for a detailed expose of why India could not drive out Pakistani forces from J&K and why India went to the UN Security Council. The review of that book is available in our Herald archives at War & Diplomacy].

Retrospect:

As the British withdrew from the Indian subcontinent on 15 August 1947, their policy planners worked out a strategy of joint defence for India and Pakistan called Auchinleck Plan after the name of the then Indian Army Chief. It was a defence strategy against the Soviet Union.

With Nehru a known socialist, Anglo-American lobby cultivated Pakistan as a dependable bulwark against communism in South Asia. British policy planners working through their lobbies wanted independent Jammu & Kashmir to remain within the sphere of their influence. It was part of the policy of containment of communism.  Continue Reading…

Time to act in Kashmir

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By K.N. Pandita

Pakistan has begun to feel the heat of fomenting Theo-fascism on her soil against India. Her initial denial of ISI involvement in Mumbai carnage has boomeranged, and the world community is convinced beyond doubt that even though a democratic government is in place in Islamabad, it is powerless and ineffective. Real power rests with the Army and the ISI. By declaring Jama’atu’d-dawa, the front of LeT, as a terrorist organization, the world community, including China – Pakistan’s evil spirit – has formally and unanimously labeled her as the centre of international terror. For too long a time, Islamabad waited to receive that sobriquet.

Democratically elected government in Pakistan should be feeling relieved of a very distressing situation if it had to declare JuD a terrorist organization and initiate the follow-up action of arresting its top leaders. It would have meant for her impending eyeball to eyeball stance with this entrenched and home-grown terrorist organization.  Dependable and confirmed reports say that LeT has a wide network spread all over Pakistan and abroad particularly in the Gulf Emirates. Its funding sources are primarily in Saudi Arabia and thousands of young students are studying in madrassahs run with financial support of the organization.

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