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Crisis of a community

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By K.N. Pandita

Jammu-based Daily Excelsior of 27 November 2014 carried on its front page the news item under the heading ‘New package for KPs: Centre’. Actually the newspaper reproduced some excerpts from the speech of Union Minister of State for Home made in the Rajya Sabha. The crux of minister’s statement is that the State government had submitted a proposal seeking enhancement of financial support for various components of the package announced by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2008. Thereafter the Minister went on to recount what assistance the Centre had provided to the internally displaced Pandits of Kashmir.   Continue Reading…

History accepts no stagnation

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By K.N. Pandita

I am prompted to script this rejoinder to an article ‘1977 revisits us … (DE 16 Nov) by B.L. Saraf. He has pulled out a page from the recent history of Kashmir and used it to draw analogy to the political scenario that is likely to unfold in the State in the wake of impending Assembly elections.

His contention is that BJP’s hyperactive electoral campaign in the valley and its overtures to the independent and end-loose candidates could prove as imbecile as was the camaraderie of Janata Party crusaders who had ganged up in 1977 against the tallest of all political leaders of Kashmir.   Continue Reading…

Flawed political narrative

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By K.N. Pandita

Forthcoming assembly election in the State has to be viewed differently from all previous elections. It is being held under the shadow of parliamentary election which decimated Congress. NC, too, got good drubbing in all the three regions.

Like it or not, Indian electorate has rejected dynastic rule. It is not because of any exclusive dislike or vendetta against the scions: it is because of other reasons. Indian electorate is steadily coming of age. Dynastic rule has given rise to coteries and sycophants always trying to make the party a limited company.   Continue Reading…