Your Search Results

Retrieving the Dal Lake

Comments Off

By K.N. Pandita

Kashmir valley’s mythological name is Satisar: sar in Sanskrit means the lake. This name originated in the Nilamata Purana and has been carried down by later historian Kalhana and others who followed him.

 For long, lakes of Kashmir have been famous world over for their clean and placid waters. These grand water bodies remained a source of great attraction to tourists, historians, archeologists and naturalists. Apart from their ecological usefulness, the lakes have also served as means of subsistence to hundreds of thousands of people. Lake commerce has its place in the economic history of Kashmir.  Continue Reading…

PM will talk to all in Kashmir

Comments Off

Updated May 26, 2010 / 22.00 MEZ-time

By K.N. Pandita

Once again the Prime Minister has guffawed into frugality of talking to any or all groups with stakes in Kashmir issue in a bid to push New Delhi’s borrowed agenda for the solution of Kashmir tangle.

Pressure from Washington is unrelenting, and soft lobbies at the PMO are willing to go more than a mile to accommodate the Americans. This is closely linked to the ground situation in Af-Pak region. President Obama has urgency to bring the Afghan misadventure to a finale, grand or ignominious, and pull back before climate for 2012 elections warms up. Continue Reading…

J&K Minority Rights Subverted and Fouled

Comments Off

By Kashinath Pandit

Discriminative practice:

At a recent meeting of J&K Department of Social Welfare, chaired by the Social Welfare Minister, Sakina Itto, it was disclosed that the department had disbursed an amount of 3.6 crore rupees among 1278 students of the “minority community” during the year 2009-2010 (‘Which Minority?’ B.L. Saraf. State Times, Jammu, 27 April 2010). “Neither the ministry nor the department in question disclosed the identity of the recipients of these scholarships“, commented a retired District and Sessions Judge in J&K.

In a paper presented at a seminar organized by J&K Minorities Rights Forum on 18 December 2009 at Jammu to commemorate UN listed Minority Rights Day, Advocate Tashi Rabstan from Ladakh stated, “The Government of India has offered 20,000 high value scholarships for 2007-08 in the field of technical/professional education to the identified national level minorities. Continue Reading…

SAARAC observers cut India to size

Comments Off

By Kashinath Pandit

For the larger sections of domestic print media, 28-29 April SAARC summit’s main highlight was seventy-five minute one-to-one talk between the Indian and the Pakistani prime ministers, the first encounter after Sharm al Shaykh. Of course other subjects were also discussed in the ritualistic sessions and fuller account of deliberations may or may not receive coverage in due course of time.

Whether the meeting between the two traditional adversaries will bear results different from what these usually are is anybody’s guess. But Pakistani media and spokesperson not chanting Kashmir mantra as vigorously as they are wont to, hardly bring any solace to the weird Indians incapable of handling Pakistan at such levels.  Continue Reading…