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Glory crowns our soldiers

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By K.N. Pandita

Two-day seminar, organized the other day by the 16 Corps on “Changing Concept of Human Rights”, opened only a small window on connectivity between human rights for all and operational commitment of our armed forces. Army’s successful operations in the North East and the Punjab to curb insurgency sensitized civil society to aspects of protection of human rights in conflict situations. But fighting externally abetted terrorism and separatism in Kashmir unfolded some new dimensions of recognizing human rights in a situation in which the population is made a shield behind which subversion grows up and from which logistical support is sought through acts of intimidation.   Continue Reading…

Package for the Pandits

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By K.N. Pandita

Union Minister of State for Home, Jitendra Singh told the Lok Sabha that a “package of 1,618 crore rupees was sanctioned for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in the valley in 2008. But so far no family has returned.” He did not elaborate why no Pandit returned. He did mention about 22.89 crores spent on non-existent transit camps but sidetracked touching on a big joke with Pandits viz. a 400-crore scam called Jagati habitat.

This amusing statement laced with political undertones is devoid of humanistic component. Erroneously or deliberately called “PM’s package for Kashmiri Pandits”, it is drafted in extraordinarily dubious turn of phrases that can be, and actually have been, interpreted subjectively by operational agencies.   Continue Reading…

The eye opener

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By K. N. Pandita

Tragic death of Tariq Ahmad Bhat, a shopkeeper in downtown Srinagar, on 14 December as a result of brutal beating by the stone pelting youth of the locality has caused deep anguish and anger among the business community of Srinagar. On December 3, the separatists gave a call for bandh. But Tariq Ahmad Bhat of Nowhatta, a 24 year old youth, did not close down his shop because as a petty shopkeeper he had to support his family and could not withstand the loss of his daily bread. Youthful persons wanting to enforce the diktat of their handlers beat him black and blue for defying their instructions.  The beating was so severe that for two weeks young Tariq battled for his life in the SKIMS, and finally succumbed to injuries and passed away on 14 December.   Continue Reading…

Jashn-e-Faiz

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By K.N. Pandita

In collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Jammu Civil Society for Art and Literature (JCSAL) organized a 2-day Jashn-e-Faiz memorial function at Zorawar Singh Auditorium of Jammu University. It was to commemorate the birth anniversary of the outstanding progressive poet and thinker of the sub-continent, born and lived in Pakistan. For his generation and those following, Faiz has been and shall remain a vital source of inspiration. Faiz is the poet of humanity, the poet of deprived and discriminated people, the poet of suppressed and subdued instincts that ask to be heard and understood. Faiz was a revolutionary who rose against social and political forces determined to usurp the freedom and rights of ordinary men and women for gratifying their lust for material benefits and comforts.   Continue Reading…

Dr.Fai did the bidding of his handlers

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By K.N. Pandita

In the court hearing at Alexandria Court House, Virginia, Washington DC on December 7,  the 62-years old Dr. Sayed Ghulam Nabi Fai pleaded guilty to secretly receiving millions of dollars from Pakistan’s spy agency at the bidding of his handlers in Pakistan for 20 years and to tax evasion in contravention of financial transaction rules of the US.

He could not plead innocent to the charges brought against him by the FBI because the documentary and other proofs submitted by the prosecutors to the court are copious and irrefutable.  He had no way but to plead guilty.  Continue Reading…