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Where are human rights and civil liberty activists?

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By K.N. Pandita

The conspiracy of abetting armed insurgency in Kashmir carried with it the vicious component of media blitzkrieg. Sections of media could be purchased, manipulated or intimidated. It was a global campaign and the ISI has special expertise in the exercise. Vulnerable sections of local media, hitherto running normally, adopted partisan attitude and spread canard to malign those involved in restoring normalcy in the disturbed state. Sections of local vernacular press pandered to the ideology of militant outfits and adopted biased stance in covering events or analyzing situations to utter disregard of professional ethics. Alongside this, large number of non-government organizations began mushrooming not only within the state and the country but in foreign countries as well where Kashmiri and Pakistani Diaspora worked in tandem to project India as the evil oppressor and violator of human rights in Kashmir. Continue Reading…

Another act of barbarism

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By K.N. Pandita

Kidnapping and killing two teenaged sisters in the town of Sopor indicates return of barbarism and bestiality through which Kashmir has been passing for last two decades. This is not the much hyped fake and fabricated encounter killing that whips up public anger: it is broad day cannibalism in a society that would call itself humanistic. Myopic commentators will call it an isolated and chance happening or event. But the fact is that barbarism has not as of yet left Kashmir. Those who do not think normalcy has returned to Kashmir are not wronged. This is a message to the government also that it cannot make false claims of return of normalcy and then begin to believe in its own lies. There are many who have been lionizing the kidnappers and murderers during past two decades in the name of jihadis fighting for freedom. Continue Reading…