The Eagle and Dove may think of love

Dale Diary Spring is yet to sanctify the barks ravished by harsh winter. Warmth is still in infancy to let the buds bloom. Fragrance has not yet corked out its aroma to mesmerize the valley suffering from unknown disease, but the Bulbul that was invited by desert birds has arrived with a new ballad on its lips written by the Court poets for inconsequential means, composed by ‘silvery musicians’ amid ‘yes-men’ of political pundits in their cozy glass houses situated at the bank of murky river that persuade their lust…

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An open letter to the People of India on the killing fields of Jammu Kashmir

Are you aware that in your name the Indian army has killed 100,000 people in Jammu Kashmir since 1988? Are you aware that 7000,000 Indian troops are considered as an occupation force by Kashmiris? Are you aware that Kashmir is not a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan? Are you aware that over one dozen UN resolutions exist on the Kashmir issue? Are you aware that Kashmiris have not consented to be ruled by India or by any other country? As Kashmiris we only wish to exercise the right to decide…

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Revising Tourism Marketing Targets

M.Ashraf The 64th Convention of the Travel agents Association of India has just concluded in Srinagar. The Convention was attended by over 600 delegates from all over the country. The Convention was held in Srinagar after 31 years. A large number of delegates came from South India including Kerala, known as “God’s Own Country”. The delegates including some top doyens of Travel, Hospitality, Airline and Travel media such as Aditya Gosh, CEO, Indigo Airlines; Nukul Anand, CEO, ITC Hotels; Kapil Kak, CEO, CAPA; Yossi Fatael, Vice-President UFTAA; Rodeney D’Cruz, Assistant…

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Barking up the Wrong Tree in Kashmir

The killing of militants may be seen by those sitting in Delhi as a “success” for the security forces but the fact is that these deaths have strengthened separatist sentiment in the Valley. The killing of 13 militants in South Kashmir’s Shopian and Anantnag districts on Sunday is, to all appearances, a major success for the security forces. Some TV channels also termed it a “major boost” for the ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ahead of next year’s general elections. But on closer look, we find that it…

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A wounded prime minister at Amira Kadal

I the afternoon of 29 August 1938, Prime Minister Narasimha Gopalaswami Ayyangar was returning from office to his residence in Srinagar when his car was attacked by a crowd of agitating men and women at Amirakadal Bazar. Ayyangar, accompanied by Home Minister and another colleague, was injured. While fleeing from the scene his car ran over a protester and grievously injured him. The crowd was protesting against the arrest of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and other political leaders who had made speeches against the Government at Hazratbal on the previous day…

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Stop the disastrous gun game?

The people inhabiting 8,000 square miles of earth in Kashmir have been living under the shadow of the gun, under the fear of the gun and under the diktat of the gun for last three decades. A hundred thousand of Kashmir’s are said to have perished in the gun game and thousands are reported disappeared. Thousands of nameless people have been buried in their graves as a gift of the gun. People have lost the count of the graves that gun created. The assassin and the assassinated both remain buried…

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Fresh Water Access: The biggest challenge of 21st Century

It is necessary for India and Pakistan to take steps by virtue of which both will get maximum paybacks and should project future trends as far as water consumption is concerned in order to avoid other future conflicts relating to water use Rao Farman Ali Since human societies cannot thrive in isolation of ecological conditions. A changing climate that significantly amends these conditions is expected to have an impact on human life and society. Accepting that the convolution of relations between climate stress factors, their human and societal collisions and…

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BJP’s cyber pirates

When India contested her first general election in 1952, the grand-old party – Congress – and its educated leader Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru won the election hands down. Since 1952, a lot has changed in India including her political spectrum with the advent of social media. No one in mainland India would have thought that social media would play a role in re-shaping the fortunes of a party and its leader. In this social media frenzied world, comes a book by one of India’s best known investigative and broadcast journalists Swati…

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Who is responsible for India’s Partition & Kashmir Imbroglio?

Political tendencies not only distort and ‘present the past’ to suit their political agenda; they can go to any extent to even lie about the events and their interpretation. ‘Facts are sacred; opinions are free’ should have been the dictum for all those commenting on them, but as they say for the likes of Modi, ‘all is fair in love and war’. To promote his personal ambitions and to enhance the impact of his political agenda, he has been crossing all limits. At one level in order to glorify Sardar…

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Srinagar the “SMART” Prison!

Sometime back there was talk of declaring some cities all over the country as “Smart” cities for proper development on modern lines. Srinagar was also included in the list of these cities. Incidentally, Srinagar, the City of the Sun is probably one of the oldest cities in the world. The 2000 year old city is something one should have been proud of. Only few decades back Srinagar used to be the capital of “Paradise on Earth” but not now. Description of Srinagar especially its gardens, popular avenues, chinars, the Bund…

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