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Who politicizes Islam?

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By K.N. Pandita

In an ethnic flare-up in the China’s Autonomous Republic of Xinjiang in 2011, more than 24 persons were killed and property destroyed. The attacks were brutal in Kashghar. Beijing accused the radicals among the Uighur Sunni Muslim community of Xinjiang of stoking the riots. It brought the onus of the violent upsurge to the doorsteps of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), who, it said, “receive training in Pakistan – an ally of China”, reported the Aljazeera channel in its Asia Pacific newscast on 6 August 2011. Continue Reading…

Discarding the Durbar move

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By K.N. Pandita

Perhaps J&K is the only federating unit of the Union of India with two capitals, and hence, the six-monthly shift of the secretariat. The practice of six-monthly Durbar move between Srinagar and Jammu adopted 149 years ago as per the necessity of the day, has turned to be redundant and outlandish in the second decade of the 21st century generally called the age of highly advanced science and technology. Continue Reading…

Issuance of Domicile Certificates

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By K.N. Pandita

It is learnt through media sources that an exercise is underway at the Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for framing rules, defining procedures and notifying the competent authority for issuance of domicile certificates in the UT of J&K. The exercise has begun in the wake of the J&K Reorganization order issued by the Home Ministry on March 31, 2020. It is also reported that final touches are being given to the draft rules and the task may be completed within a week or so. Continue Reading…

Letter to the Editor – “Pandit, the legal pariah”

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Sir,

This refers to ‘Pandits as pariah, legally’, (GK April 29). The crux of author’s narrative is that the extirpated community of Kashmiri Pandits has lost the domicile right in Kashmir Valley in the wake of new Domicile Bill. He wants to provide rationale for the consequences of ethnic cleansing of Kashmir Valley of Kashmiri Hindu minority community in 1990. Continue Reading…