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Interlocutors’ Report on J&K: Reflections – Part IV

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By K.N. Pandita

At many places in the report, one comes across convoluted but totally indefensible logic. Is there any pragmatism in the assertion ascribed to the Prime Minister that “invisibility of LoC is the core element of a settlement and that it will come into being without a settlement?” Since this brings into focus the interplay of Parliament’s unanimous resolution of 1994, the interlocutors have, in their wisdom, tried to dilute the real import of that resolution by stating that “engaging Pakistan is the only way to move towards a solution.” This is cowardice not diplomacy and tantamount to saying that we stay put in Kashmir only on the goodwill of Pakistan.. The resolution in question asserts the will and power of the Indian State to get back the illegally occupied part of her territory in J&K. Justifying talks with Pakistan as having yielded small results after decades of talks should not become  reason for the parliament to revisit the resolution in question.   Continue Reading…

Interlocutors’ Report on J&K: Reflections – Part III

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By K.N. Pandita

Chapter 3 of the New Compact contains recommendations in the area of culture. Instead of pontificating about cultural bonds we expected the team to probe into the causes of erosion of cultural harmony. Report nowhere responds to the grouse of Kashmiris that India is making cultural invasion into Kashmir. According to them all cultural manifestations stem from Hindu mythological sources and are in total violation of Islamic civilization. Dance, music, painting and sculpture are strictly forbidden in Islam. Destruction of Bemoan Buddha was extensively appreciated by Kashmiri literati. In regard to media, interlocutors have cleverly circumvented the ugly truth that local media is polarized on regional, community and ideological levels.   Continue Reading…

Interlocutors’ Report on J&K: Reflections – Part II

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By K.N. Pandita

The authors of the report concede that “iniquitous delimitation of constituencies” is a raw deal to the people of Jammu. It does not adversely affect only just representation of the people of Jammu region in the legislature and the government but also embodies numerous ramifications that ultimately lead to economic disadvantage of the people of the region. Likewise, budgetary allocations on population basis in the case of Ladakh are unjust owing to territorial size of the region and its sparse population. While the authors touch on intra-regional tensions and fears exemplified by the Muslim dominated districts of Jammu region and Buddhist dominated region of Ladakh, it inexplicably sidetracks identical fears among the religious minorities in Kashmir Valley.   Continue Reading…

Interlocutors’ Report on J&K: Reflections – Part I

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By K.N. Pandita

Almost seven months after the report was submitted, and just forty-eight hours after the Parliament session was adjourned, the Home Ministry put it out to the public domain. We shall have to study and analyze it as it exists on the website. Whether any portion or portions of the report have been withheld is anybody’s guess.   Continue Reading…

Truth must prevail

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By K.N. Pandita

For too long Hurriyat leadership subjected itself to the torture of “willing suspension of disbelief”. Its biggest weakness, and of course debacle, has been the killing of truth. On the debris of falsehood, its leadership built a formidable super structure reckoning that the masses of people can be carried away by emotive slogans and cliché. Emotionalism has been the bane of Kashmirian psyche. It has a history and tradition. We need not go into those areas.   Continue Reading…

Congress jamboree in Srinagar

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By K.N. Pandita

Pradesh Congress will have a gala jamboree in Srinagar this week where over 300 Congressmen from top ranks to grassroots level will assemble, ostensibly to discuss how to put an end to factionalism in the party.

Only recently the Congress supremo made a public statement expressing her dissatisfaction with factionalism which, she asserted, has been one of the causes of parity’s debacle in UP polls.   Continue Reading…

Amnesty to stone throwers

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By K.N. Pandita

During summer 2010, public disturbances happened in Kashmir Valley, especially in the city of Srinagar. A unique phenomenon of these disturbances was that the youth, generally unemployed and of teenage groups, resorted to stone throwing at the security forces who were trying to maintain law and order. The stone throwers were politically motivated. The incident and the skirmishes that ensued between the stone throwers and the security forces in narrow streets and lanes and other places, consumed no fewer than a hundred lives, mostly innocent and perhaps uninvolved. This is the reason why the governments everywhere are very sensitive to the issue of law and order in the state.    Continue Reading…

Hurriyat at crossroads of history

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By K.N. Pandita,

At no other time in its short history was the APHC so close to anticipating its future course than at present. Right from the day of its inception the Hurriyat influenced vast segments of valley population. People responded to its pro-Pak cliché despite shades of haziness of vision never left it alone. It played its anti-India game in somewhat subdued manner to justify its claim of non-violent struggle for aazaadi.

But at the same time, it never took position against armed and indoctrinated youth, no matter internal or external, sneaking into the valley from across the border, and unleashing criminal activities. In that sense Hurriyat played its card with dexterity. It hardened or softened its stand in relation to ground situation.   Continue Reading…

Prof. Bhat’s pragmatism

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By K.N. Pandita

Many Kashmir watchers are mystified why Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat is not taking recourse to pragmatism in playing Kashmir politics. His is generally called the moderate faction as against the hard-line Geelani faction. If it is really “moderate” one may say it is better done than said. It needs to demonstrate that it has the potential of making independent and objective assessment of changing contours of Kashmir politics. Hurriyat (M) politics has been in sync with Pakistan’s Kashmir policy ever since Hurriyat came into existence in 1992. In between, so many things of international importance and consequences happened that have had tremendous bearing on Kashmir situation. There was a time when the US almost joined her voice with that of Pakistan on Kashmir.     Continue Reading…

SC resolutions have lost validity

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By K.N. Pandita

Slavishly succumbing to dictation from their mentors across the border, Kashmir separatists-secessionists have been brandishing Security Council Resolutions of 1948 and 1949, less as an instrument for solving Kashmir issue but more as antics to tell the world of India’s defiance of the United Nations. This has become their habit. Does a fluid resolution, passed by the Security Council sixty-four years ago, still enjoy validity, especially in the light of wide and deep changes in international relations ever since the day. In our opinion these resolutions are redundant; they are neither valid, nor legal nor sanctimonious. Let us debate the proposition.   Continue Reading…