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Will HM ride the tiger?

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By K.N. Pandita

Home Minister and Prime Minister, both have indicated that the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir could be revived over time. The PM has gone half a step further and said it can happen sooner than later. What does this indicate?

Many surmises are made. It could be political rhetoric to keep Kashmir stakeholders in a state of limbo; a ploy to make smooth the functionality of the newly constituted Apni Party or it could mean to tone down the criticism of sections of national and international media both of which have been writing viciously against recent reformative measures of the Modi government. Continue Reading…

May I speak to you, Farooq Sahib

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By K.N. Pandita

Permit me to speak to you candidly, Farooq Sahib. People in Kashmir call you an eccentric man. I agree with them but I know you have a method in the madness.
Despite all eccentricity that you may have, you have, through paternal legacy and conviction, rejected Kashmir’s Pakistan option. It is not to please the Indians but to care for your compatriots in J&K who are emotional but not visionary. Continue Reading…

JK has a new political party

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By K.N. Pandita

If JK Apni Party (JKAP), the new political party inspired by Muzaffar Hussain Baig and launched by Altaf Bukhari, is the replication of Bakhshi Ghulam Muhammad and his National Conference, then the fate of JKAP and its leadership will be nothing different from the fate that visited the Bakhshi. Congress propped up Bakhshi and Congress dumped him thus exposing the State to what it is facing since 1990. Will BJP behave differently, is the baffling question. Continue Reading…

Delimitation of electoral constituencies

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By K.N. Pandita

Delimitation of electoral constituencies in J&K has been a burning question since a long time. It has also been a contentious issue because of the peculiar demographic complexion of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir. (now UT). Jammu region has been complaining that it is under-represented in the law-making bodies. Since Kashmir region enjoyed a majority in the Legislative Assembly, the voice of Jammu was not heard. Continue Reading…