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Letter to the Editor Greater Kashmir, Srinagar

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Rejoinder: “Mark my words”
by Dr. K.N. Pandita, Jammu

Dear Sir,

Somebody sent me a copy of a write-up titled ‘Mark my words’, published in the Musings column of your esteemed paper in its issue of 8 April 2010. I venture to send a rejoinder hoping you will give it space.

For one thing the writer deserves appreciation; he is sincere and rather passionate in his wail over some shortcomings in the character of Kashmiri Muslims. This apart, what he has done is to bring on record a long litany of weaknesses and aberrations in the character of Kashmiri Muslims subtly alluding to sporadic or selective events of post-independence history of Kashmir.  He condenses his observations in cryptic phraseology, which, amusingly reveals more than what it conceals.  Continue Reading…

JAMMU AND KASHMIR – terrorism, a global threat, a global challenge

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Report on the study tour of Beersmans Paul, président of the Belgian Association for Solidarity with Jammu and Kashmir to the Indian State of J & K from 28 January to 16 February 2010

Published on the Belgian Association for Solidarity with Jammu and Kashmir, March 2010.

Excerpt: … 3. CONCLUSIONS

Following conclusions can be drawn, based on the experiences of this study tour to J&K State, especially to Jammu Province (for the study tour to the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh see the report of June-July 2009 on our website):

a. Jammu and Kashmir is a very difficult and sensitive State.  It consists of three historically, politically, geographically, culturally, linguistic and economic distinct regions: Jammu including Azad Kashmir, Kashmir Valley, and Ladakh including Gilgit-Baltistan.  The State houses people whose aspirations are more or less conflicting and mutually exclusive.  This is a State where even a small issue culminates in major controversies and creates inter-regional tensions of extreme nature.   Continue Reading…

Letter to the Editor – Kashmir Times

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By Dr, K.N. Pandita, Jammu – Toshkhana treasure

Dear Sir,
Apropos of ‘Priceless royal treasure: Where has it disappeared’ by Shuchismita (April 5), I am reminded that in 1976, Kashmir University, in consultation with the UGC, decided to open an Area Study Centre called the Centre of Central Asian Studies in Kashmir University. Shiekh Muhammd Abdullah, then chief minister, evinced keen interest in its establishment, and directed that a Central Asian Museum should also be developed as a unit of this institute. He was monitoring its progress, and on being informed that the infrastructure for the said museum was brought to completion, Shiekh Sahib sent us a word to see him. Three of us, late Prof Maqbul Ahmad, the then Director of the Centre, Mr. J.L. Bhan, the Curator and me, the senior most among the faculties in the Centre, met with him at his private residence. After hearing our report about the progress of the Centre and its museum, Shiekh Sahib said that he had directed the state government authorities to transfer as many artifacts preserved in Toshakhana to the upcoming museum in Central Asian Studies Centre of the university as were related to Central Asia. Continue Reading…