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Trump’s penchant for mediation

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By K.N. Pandita

No US president ever expressed his inclination for mediation in Kashmir dispute as does Donald Trump. In recent past, he has repeated his willingness and India declines it outright. Recently in World Economic Meet at Davos, where Pakistan Prime Minister raised the Kashmir issue, Trump repeated his offer for mediation. Continue Reading…

Letter to the Editor – Glorifying Faiz

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Daily Excelsior

Dear Sir,
This is concerning “Faiz was a bridge ….” by Sankar Ray (DE 22 Jan). The chanting of a poem of Faiz Ahmad Faiz by a section of students of IIT Kanpur has triggered a controversy in the social media. Leftist thinkers and writers came out with strong support for Faiz and helped the controversy to become deeper. Continue Reading…

Breakthrough in a political impasse

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By K.N. Pandita

The resumption of political activity in the post-5 August stalemate in J&K was not really unexpected. What is important is the tone and tenor of an emerging initiative. Whatever the contours of the initiative, the fundamental question is whether there is a realistic approach to the ground situation. Therefore, to make an initiative a success and anticipate more political activists joining the new initiative depends on a move forward and no retracing of steps. Continue Reading…

Our PoK narrative must change

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By K.N. Pandita

“Azad Jammu and Kashmir” of Pakistan is our “Pakistan occupied Kashmir”. Preparations for annexing Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan through force of arms were secretly planned in Peshawar months ahead of the transfer of power on 15 August 1947. NWFP Chief Minister Qayyum Khan and PM Liaquat Khan were the key figures of the conspiracy. General Akbar Khan of Pakistan army, who was controlling the movement of the invading lashkars and Pakistani regulars in civilian mufti into Kashmir, has given a graphic account of how the attack was conducted. Continue Reading…

Dissection of Pak’s frustration

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By K.N. Pandita

Imran messaged his debut as Pak PM with India-Pak peace rhetoric. Pak army imagined that with a former popular cricketer as the show boy, it can repair its terror-daubed image and pass for a peace-loving country purporting to blunt India’s thrust. New Delhi stood fast by its known stand that talks and terror do not go together. This ended up in Imran’s first frustration as the PM. Continue Reading…