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Cleaning the stable for hoping a ride

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By K.N. Pandita

President and Patron NC Minority Cell and MLC, Mr. Vijay Bakaya recently spoke to a group of his admirers. He pontificated that the PM’s employment package announced in early 2008 on the occasion of inauguration of Akhnoor Bridge was a “trend setter” for the return of the Pandits to their homes and hearths in the valley. He ridiculed those who he thought were not happy with the package. He is of opinion that “employment of 800 “migrants” will open the gate for permanent return of displaced Pandits to their homes and hearths in Valley by bringing the members of majority and minority community together.”  Continue Reading…

Democracy not for a ride

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By K.N. Pandita

Recently, for the first time in contemporary history of Jammu, a public demonstration spearheaded by Jammu and Kashmir Shia Federation was held in the main city. Hundreds of Shia Muslims, including groups of students participated in the march. Slogans raised were pointed against Israel and the US. Speakers urged the world community to take serious note of “atrocities” and “oppression” on people of Palestine by the Israeli government with the help of USA.”

Supported by the activists of Ladakh Students Welfare Association, the protestors carried placards with captions “Stop supporting child killers”, “Boycott Israel”, “Stop killing innocent people” etc.  Continue Reading…

The odd man out

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By K.N. Pandita

Ansari, the ex-bureaucrat and the odd man in the Interlocutors’ Triumvirate has been creating ripples to the discomfiture of the other two. Incensed Radha has now supplicated before her beneficiary for redemption of her integrity.

The duo in the team need not be unnecessarily reactive to public resentment. The fault lies in people not able to comprehend the complex and subtle ways in which the Indian State functions. There is much more that the Indian State will not say than what it says. Of course, Indian State is not an exception.   Continue Reading…

Heritage preservation

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By K.N. Pandita

J&K Chief Minister has repeatedly emphasized on preservation and protection of heritage icons of the State. Heritage takes many items within its fold. It is not only the old buildings, complexes, monuments and repositories: it includes many un-described structures as well which are closely related to the cultural fund of a community or a nation. One of the characteristics of Western democracy is that of preserving and protecting the monuments. Even during the Soviet period, vast items of heritage of fabulous Central Asia were preserved and protected under special law. That is the reason why those rich and magnificent monuments —-like those of Samarkand and Bukhara—-have been preserved to posterity. When Nehru visited Samarkand in 1952 for the first time, he was greatly excited to see the Gowharshad Mosque built by the wife of Timur in 14th century being restored to its pristine originality by the Soviet archaeologist and engineers. It was his special interest that prompted the Soviets to undertake huge fifty-year long programme of renovating, repairing, preserving all monuments throughout Central Asia. That is a sign of culture of advanced societies. Continue Reading…