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Return of the native Return of the native

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updated Nov. 2, 2012:

By K.N. Pandita

Twenty-two years after they were thrown out of their homes and hearths, and four and a half years after the Prime Minister announced Rupees 7648 crore return and rehabilitation package for them, the exiled natives of the valley of Kashmir are once again on the horns of dilemma whether or not to risk their future and accept the sugar-coated pill offered by the government in the shape of revised PM’s Package recently hammered out by the teams of State government and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.   Continue Reading…

On the crossroads of history: the fateful interregnum

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By K.N. Pandita

Strange are the quirks of destiny; these may bring a blessing, these may bring a curse; it can be the nectar and it can be the deadly potion, depending on how one conducts oneself in the course of history.

26 October is a memorable day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. On this momentous day in 1947,  destiny impelled the then ruler of the State to put an end to nearly two and a half month-long stalemate that had ensued owing to his  indefensible indecision about the future course of his State in the aftermath of the partition of India and transfer of power.  Continue Reading…

The pain and its panacea

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By K.N. Pandita

Who told Rahul Gandhi that his close friend Omar Abdullah is in pain? It couldn’t be presumptuous. And the one who said it made an overstatement. Is there sarcasm or empathy in his freak question? Politicians are nobody’s friend or foe.

But he was quick to load it with pain-killer predicate of connecting Kashmir to the vast developmental activity in the country. He put the ball in Omar’s court and with artistic finesse.   Continue Reading…