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Kashmir leadership responsible for the Kashmir conundrum

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By K N Pandita

Two years after he had introduced the J&K State Reorganization Bill in the Parliament and got it passed with a majority vote, Home Minister Amit Shah visited J&K in its new avatar as J&K Union Territory minus Ladakh which has been made a separate entity and conferred Union Status as well. Continue Reading…

Jammu on the threshold of a new dawn

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By K N Pandita

For quite some time the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has not been feeling comfortable in Jammu urban as well as rural sector. Most of its cadres are passionately nationalists and dedicated. But the discrepancy lies in the lack of towering leadership. The divided and divisive upper crest of the organization sends misleading signals to grassroots workers. The party does not grow and does not catch on an initiative. Continue Reading…

Letter to the Editor – Farooq’s dramatics

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Daily Excelsior

Sir,
Apropos DE 14 Oct news item “Kashmir integral part of India “…etc Do you know what the phrase “more loyal than the king” means. Farooq’s statement has no takers either among Pakistan’s rulers or their jihadists in Kashmir. No misconception please. We all love Farooq Abdullah essentially because he has a method in madness. But we seldom have the patience or the cleverness to scratch what lies underneath his madness. Continue Reading…

Kashmir: revolution through terror eats up its children

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By K N Pandita

Defence Ministry and policy planners were unnecessarily impatient to respond positively to the Pak army’s offer of ceasefire in J&K in February last. Such strategic decisions should never be taken in haste or under an impulse. Was it not important to condition the ceasefire with no infiltration component? Continue Reading…

Letter to the Editor – RSS chief on Kashmir, Response to Soz

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Daily Excelsior – todays UPDATED VERSION

Sir,
This refers to the news item Soz says Bhagwat was daydreaming etc. (DE Oct 4). According to Soz, the RSS Chief has not understood the people of Kashmir. By people, he means the Muslims whom he gives credit for fighting the Uighurs (Mughals), Pathans, Sikhs and Dogras. Soz’s knowledge of Kashmir is incomplete or he is deliberately avoiding being honest. He does not explain against whom the Kashmiris were fighting or not fighting during the Sultanate of Shahmiris, Baihaqis, Uighurs ( Haider Dughla) and Chaks? Continue Reading…

J&K accession to India is more than justified

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(03.10.2021 / 13 h 58: updated version: updated version)
By K N Pandita

Copious literature has been produced during the last half a century on the accession of J&K State to the Indian Union on October 26, 1947. Most of it tells us the why and how of the accession. Pakistan, claiming to be a party to the dispute, has been stubbornly refuting what the defenders of India’s stand on Kashmir say. It is the Pakistan-initiated and abetted incursion of Kashmir in October 1947 that ultimately led to the State’s accession to India. Continue Reading…