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Kashmir: from private kingdom to private jagir

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By K.N. Pandita

Four month-long paralyzing strike in Kashmir has hardly subsided when the saboteurs have raked up another issue which is likely to proliferate and revive the strike syndrome in the valley. The beginning of chila-e- kalan on Christmas Eve would be a propitious day to begin the seventy day long chila strike in Kashmir.

The centripetal point for the chila-strike will be the issue of domicile certificates to 1947 refugees of partition of India stranded in Jammu region. Continue Reading…

Lettre to the Editor DE

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Dear Sir,

This is with reference of B.L. Saraf’s write-up “Sinha’s Mission Kashmir’ (DE 15 Dec). The writer has tried to remind Sinha delegation known and unknown dimensions of their “conciliation” mission in Kashmir. Sinha has been the former foreign minister. It is one thing to be a minister and something else to be a social scientist embarking on the mission of understanding a community which carries on its back the multi-faceted historical baggage like the five thousand years of Indo-Aryan civilization, nearly eight hundred years of extra-territorial socio-cultural orientation, a century of non-local hegemony, fifty years of phony and feigned democracy, twenty-five years of visiting jihad and a plethora of mauled, mutilated and distorted historical fund. This cumbersome psychological baggage of Kashmiris has rendered them unable to decide what they want. Their state of mind is best explained by a verse of Mirza Ghalib: jata hun thori dur har ek rahrav ke sath/pahchanta nahin hun abhi rahbarko main. Vajpayee like Sheikh Abdullah and Nehru was one of “rahrav” Kashmiris travelled with, and now they are travelling with Hurriyatis. Wish you well Mr. Yashwant Sinha and Co.

K.N. Pandita, Jammu

A State with trilateral power centre

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By K.N. Pandita

The Dawn of December 6 published full length statement of Nafees Zakaria, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman that dealt with current Indo-Pak relations focusing on Kashmir issue.

Many flaws are seen in the statement. As it flashlights some new aspects of relationship, it would be in fitness of things to put the record straight.
The statement begins with inviting world community’s attention to India’s “abuse of human rights in Kashmir”. Continue Reading…