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It is a break-through

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By K.N. Pandita

Nomination of a displaced Hindu (Pandit) from the valley as Member Legislative Council (MLC) of J&K has its own significance. It is different from nominations of a valley minority member in the upper house during previous regimes. The difference lies firstly in the incumbent viz. Shri Surinder Mohan Ambardar, coming from grassroots level of the minority community, and secondly, nominated by a party that is only partner in the government, and unlike previous regimes, does not enjoy outright numerical majority in the Assembly to rule the roost. Continue Reading…

Coalition with a difference

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By K.N. Pandita

In the third week of April I was in the valley on vacation. Three events were notable. First, it rained intermittently for forty-eight hours, which alarmed the people and put the government on tenterhooks.

Memory of devastating floods of September last still haunts the people. Continue Reading…

Departure of the native

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By K.N. Pandita

The Valley witnessed massive resentment against return and rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandit religious minority. People observed complete strike. Offices, business centres, private and public transport, banks, markets, even the bar association, everywhere normal activity remained suspended for the full day. Civil society, government functionaries and the public feverishly responded to the call of the separatists, jihadis, pro-Pak elements and their cohorts. Continue Reading…