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Regional trust deficit

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By K.N.Pandita

Some senior legislators have articulated vigorously in the assembly in the course of discussion on demand of grants for departments under the charge of the chief minister. Baig of PDP and Tarigami of CPI (M) were prominent speakers. Notwithstanding their customary anti-India punch that helps them socialize with the separatists, there is a marked note of change in thinking. The perceptible change is realization of the obvious implications of centre-state relationship in a spectrum of trilateral interlocution now underway. While the Left leader has thrown a hint about his party likely to get reconciled to state’s accession within the parameters of the Instrument of Accession signed by the last Maharaja of J&K, PDP leader has focused on the theme of “trust deficit” among the three regions and also between the state and the union. Continue Reading…

Editorial 14/3 – Stooping to conquer

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By K.N. Pandita,

Seventy-five year old Nobel Laureate Tenzeng Gyatso, the 14th incarnation of the Dalai Lama, and the supreme spiritual and political leader of the Tibetans-in- exile has desired to lay down his political office and let the community elect the head of the state through a democratic process. He would be proposing amendment to the charter or the constitution of the community-in-exile. Fifty-four years ago, the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan community were forced out of their ancestral homeland by the Maoists who would not tolerate an ancient and indigenous cultural entity to survive and thrive in its neighbourhood. Maoist ideology and the ideology of a traditionally and historically peaceful and tolerant community of the Lamas stood diametrically opposite to each other. Continue Reading…

Don’t be boastfully confident

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By K.N. Pandita

Inter-communication between the interlocutors and separatists on one hand and intra-communication process among the Hurriyatis makes dialogue drama in Kashmir more bizarre. While senior Hurriyat (M) leader Ansari finds no obstruction to talks if its conditions are accepted, Shabir Shah’s party an affiliate of Hurriyat (M) has, in his last minute letter, spelt out the conditions. Team Interlocutors has to respond to these moves. Padgaonkar seems to be boastfully confident that the Home Ministry “has to accept our recommendations though it is not bound to accept those of Jaithmalani Committee.” Who does he want to fool? If that is the case, then there is truth in what the separatists allege, namely the interlocutors are moving along the lines dotted by the Home Ministry. In other words, it is a face saving exercise by the Home Ministry.  Continue Reading…