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The verdict on J&K

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By K.N. Pandita

Political punditry is analyzing J&K poll verdict variously. Some tend to attach all importance to numbers and figures. They ground the theory of integration of J&K State into the Indian Union on the basis of poll figure-work.
Additionally, they substantiate this line of thinking by drawing comparison with previous poll results. We do not challenge figures. We are convinced that there were no substantial complaints about rigging of election or untracked flaw in the conduct of elections. In that sense this Assembly election enjoys more credibility. Continue Reading…

Justice denied to Pak refugees

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By K.N. Pandita

How cruel destiny can be is reflected in the treatment meted out to the Hindu and Sikh refugees who originally belonged to West Pakistan and were forced to flee their homes and seek shelter across the Indo-Pak border in Indian Territory. In the holocaust that accompanied partition of the country in 1947, millions were decimated in communal riots and millions more became refugees. In those times of great cataclysm, nobody knew where he would head to, where he would get shelter and where his new home would be. Would he have a home at all? Continue Reading…

Trust deficit: dangerous game

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By K.N. Pandita

Two weeks have gone by and political parties in J&K still grapple with the formation of new government. They find it elusive.

PDP, NC and Congress have ganged up to keep BJP, the second largest seat grabber, out of the valley and power. During the election campaign they and most of the loners who are their camp followers now, painted BJP as a Hindu rightist party not acceptable to Muslim majority in the valley who, they claim, are secularist Islamists. Continue Reading…