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Open letter to President Donald Trump

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By K.N. Pandita

Dear Mr. President,

I think you have some faint idea about Kashmir dispute. Owing to the fact that in the cold war era, the newly created State of Pakistan was a close ally of Anglo-American bloc, therefore, to serve its interests, the bloc, by and large, accepted the version of Kashmir dispute as presented by Pakistan. Their viewpoint was strengthened when they found India pandering to the Soviet bloc. Continue Reading…

Farooq sees threat to Kashmir identity

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By K.N. Pandita

Addressing a party function at NC headquarters in Srinagar on 20 July, Farooq Abdullah, the Chairman of NC and former CM of J&K has sounded the alarm of grave threat to the identity of Kashmir presumably at the hands of the Central government.

The tone and tenor of the address replicate the threatening speech delivered by his father, Sheikh Abdullah at R.S. Pora in 1953, days before his dismissal and arrest. Continue Reading…

Remembering the heroes of Kargil

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By K.N. Pandita

On 26 July 2019, the Indian nation, but more particularly the great Indian Army will commemorate the 20th anniversary of “Operation Vijay”, the code name of Kargil operations with the theme ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew.’ Troops from three battalions will undertake expeditions to the peaks where their units had fought under impossible conditions (15000 to 18000 feet high peaks) to drive out Pakistani intruders. Continue Reading…

Kashmir Valley Politics: Alignments and Re-alignments

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By K.N. Pandit (from July 2, 2019)

Three districts of South Kashmir, Shupian, Pulwama and Anantnag have become the centre of ongoing armed insurgency in Kashmir.

Previously, Sopor town and its hinterland Rafiabad were the main operational areas of the insurgents. Rafiabad’s pre-Islamic name is Hamal, which is the corrupted form of Sanskrit Shamala. In Rajatarangini, Kalhan Pandit has described the strategic importance of the region of Shamala for its connectivity with the Shamsbari mountain range beyond which lies the Kishanganga valley. Continue Reading…