Civilian killings in Kashmir: A review of 2018

Kashmir valley is wrapped with armed conflict from 1989 and after post-Burhan Wani, the turmoil changed completely. The valley had seen large number of youth joining militant groups. After joining such groups, then day their picture with AK47 gets viral on social media. Parent’s appeal to return back, ADGIP request to shun violence, some return and some choose their own fate. However, all this is happening from past one year. On the other side, military forces launch cordon and search operation in order to wipe out the militancy from the…

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Communal riots, War with Pakistan likely after BJP poll wipeout

Many people are gloating over the state election results of Tuesday that saw the defeat of BJP governments in three states. In my opinion, however, the only effect the assembly election results will have is to reduce lynching of Muslims a bit, though it is wrong to assume that such incidents will be totally eliminated. India is still a semi-feudal society, and as I have repeatedly pointed out, communalism is always latent in it, only awaiting some catalyst to bring it to the surface. Today, most Hindus in India are…

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Fresh thinking is needed to cut the Gordian knot in Kashmir

“The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause.” Dr. Martin Luther King The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) [Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik] in Kashmir has shown willingness to talk provided the Government of Indiaclarifies the parameters of talks. In an interview with The Indian Express, (June 5, 2018) Dineshwar Sharma, Indian Government’s Interlocutor said, “When I talk to the younger generation there (Kashmir), often they confront me with so many questions and even talk about Azaadi… Any rational discussion will be possible when we are able…

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A miraculous fruit called Apple

Health is greatest blessing as well as great gift of Allah. A bit carelessness regarding health can mess up the whole life, so one should take care of it. Healthy eating habits, timely eating and drinking of fluids with moderation are necessary for good health. Unfortunately, the eating habit of present generation has switched towards fast foods, soft drinks, snacks, packed and ready meals. These food items are full of chemical preservatives, free radicals, synthetic flavours and greasy substances. The majorities of these chemicals are toxic and carcinogenic, and cause…

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Guevara and the Kashmiri rebel: The literary militants

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine” Che Guevara On 9th October 1967, socialist revolutionary, guerrilla leader and the main man behind Cuban revolution, Che Guevara, age 39, was killed by the Bolivian army. The Argentine-born revolutionary, a major figure in Fidel Castro’s ‘26th of July Movement’ which seized power in Cuba in 1959, had been fighting with a small band of guerrillas in the South American country when he was captured by the army near the village of Higueras. Since his death,…

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Colors of Autumn

Fall is not only the best time of year, out of all four seasons but it’s also the most scenic and beautiful if you love being outdoors. It is a transition period between summer and winter when all the leaves from the trees and plants change into multi-colored works of art and fall away. It creates bare, and vulnerable branches, revealing the true scenery underneath and the weather can be warm and cool at the same time. It is the most comfortable weather for me. The winds are just right…

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Trifurcating Jammu Kashmir

Neither the Prime Minister, nor the Parliament of India can unilaterally redraw the borders of the state Post Article 35A debate, a new story is doing rounds in the local newspapers and social networking spheres. The story headlines “PM Modi may trifurcate J&K in next one or two months”. The news item claims that a report based on credible sources in the PM office said: “That Prime Minister NarendraModi wants to resolve the Jammu & Kashmir problem and could be gauged from the fact that he wants to resolve the…

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Shadows of Article 35A, Will people’s vote have an effect?

‘Listen as the crowd would sing: Now the old king is dead, Long live the King, ( King Louis XV1) Alone before he was executed) Dear God , guide us and protect us, ‘we are too young to reign , people of Kashmir are voting again.’ If only as an experiment India held a referendum to ascertain and decide if they want to retain A-35 or scrap it, a political solution to a political problem was in sight. This would be the route taken by all democratic countries of the…

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‘It’s safer to be a cow than a woman or Muslim in India’: Arundhati Roy

Writer Arundhati Roy is in South Africa to promote her latest novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. But in her homeland of India, fact sometimes outstrips fiction when it comes to stretching credulity – and addressing an audience in Cape Town on Monday night, the famously outspoken Roy slammed the current Indian government as nationalists with blood on their hands. At the mere sight of Arundhati Roy’s presence, an audience in Cape Town on Monday night erupted into wild applause before Roy had said a single word. If other writers…

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A militant’s promise, a Pandit’s trust

In Hall village of Pulwama, an aged Kashmiri Pandit tells how love of a newly purchased house made him resist migration years ago when members of his community fled and left him alone to witness an otherwise prosperous village disintegrating into mounds of rubble. In 1989, Omkar Nath Bhat had retired from the Horticulture department as field assistant and purchased a new house. He had put his life’s savings in buying it but before he could settle in the new house, Kashmir witnessed into a wave of militancy. The rumour…

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