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Letter to the Editor – Carrying Vajpayee legacy

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Daily Excelsior

Dear Sir,

Apropos ‘Modi did not ….: (DE 28 April)

NC and PDP chiefs both nostalgically speak of “Vajpayee doctrine” about resolving Kashmir imbroglio. Partisan media is usually euphoric and loquacious on the subject. However, nobody including the author himself ever explained what that doctrine was. Vajpayee never explained what his aphorism of “jamhooriat, insaniyat aur Kashmiriyat” meant. Who needed to be reminded of the ambiguous triumvirate? He invited Musharraf to Agra, conducted negotiations with him that ended in a fiasco. Musharraf cashed on the event by inviting international media to his hotel and announcing that he had made all concession but Indians were a bundle of confusion. Kargil was Pak’s slap on Vajpayee’s soft cheek. He proved disastrous as a leader, a statesman and a commander. The jawans of Indian army who fought and died in Kargil war saved his prestige and his chair, and the man never did even the smallest act of providing basic facilities to the soldiers fighting at a high altitude to combat the enemy and the inclement weather leave aside One Rank One Pension issue. Finding him totally confused and contradictory, a senior bureaucrat in the MEA sidelined him and rebutted Musharraf. Where was the Insaniyat of Kashmiris when more than a thousand of innocent Kashmiri Pandits were murdered in cold blood and the entire the valley ethnically cleansed of them. Why did not the element of insaniyat scratch Vajpayee’s humanistic sense throughout his two stints as PM? He will be remembered, no doubt, for making 130 crore Indians a prisoner of one terrorist–Azhar Masud.

K.N. Pandita
Jammu

Cross-LoC trade: A reckless agreement

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By K.N. Pandita

We intend to expose our political leadership in signing a gravely dangerous agreement with Pakistan in 2008 which has proved a challenge to the security of our country.

Under external and internal pressures, and on dubious insistence of J&K government, the then UPA government led by Dr. Manmohan Singh signed in 2008 the ill-advised and reckless agreement of opening two trading points across the LoC in insurgency-torn J&K – one at Salamabad in Uri and the other in Chakan-d-Bag in Poonch. Continue Reading…

Valley leadership on secessionist course

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By K.N. Pandita

Valley’s leading political parties participating in the parliamentary (and later on in the assembly) elections in Kashmir have lately found a pretext behind which they are giving vent to what they have been at pains to hide over the years. NC and PDP heavyweights both have publicly and to the media said that if Article 370 or 35-A are abolished, Kashmir will rejoice at God-sent (read Pakistan-sent) separation from the Indian Union. Continue Reading…

“Hum Nibhayenge”: Congress Manifesto

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By K.N. Pandita

On Tuesday, Congress President formally released the party’s manifesto for the J&K State titled “Congress will deliver”. The question is not of “delivering”; it is of accepting what is delivered. What the Congress has promised to deliver is an upgraded appeasement package this time wrapped in silk-soft packing stuff. The title “Hum Nibhayenge” carries the subtle meaning that “we shall accommodate you”. Continue Reading…