Everything is Fair in Love And War: Ram Madhav on Human Sheild Video

Architect of the BJP-PDP alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir, Ram Madhav speaks about the situation in the Valley. The BJP general secretary talks about the violence during the by-poll in Srinagar constituency, and justifies the controversial video in which armed forces are seen using a Kashmiri man as shield in front of their jeep. Edited excerpts: Kashmir Post (KP): The Kashmir Valley is on the boil once again and complicating matters are ministers in the government who are saying ‘pathhar ka jawab bullet se dena chahiye’. Do you agree with such…

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‘It was very difficult for India to retain Kashmir but that movement (Ikhwan) did it’: MLA Usman Majeed

From a top militant in Pakistan to becoming the lawmaker in J&K, Bandipora MLA Usman Majeed wore hats. The gun-wielding counter-insurgent once was the leading light of Awami League, the political party that Kukka Parray floated. Now a Congressman, who drives to assembly in Pajero, Usman offers his version of his take off in a detailed interview: KP: Every time you talk on security related issues you are accused of an Ikhwani? Usman Majeed: They are doing it out of frustration to divert attention because they don’t have any argument…

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Floods in 2014, Unrest in 2016, Start-ups faced the worst in Kashmir; Dr M I Parray

J&K’s Entrepreneurship Development Institute had emerged an incubator where boys and girls were taught and encouraged to become employers rather than employees. With perhaps the highest known success rate in new enterprises, Tilangana and Kabul were keen to copy its DNA. In last eight months, it survived two protracted gun-battles that devastated its two buildings. Dr Mohammad Ismail Parray, its Director, who started it from one room, tells Kashmir Post that enterprises in Kashmir need much more beyond resources, motivation, and the market Dr M I PARRAY: We had some training…

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‘Element of Fear is Gone’ for Kashmir’s Youth; Parvez Imroz

Parvez Imroz, a leading rights activist in Kashmir, speaks to Al Jazeera on the current unrest and its fallout. By : Majid Maqbool Indian-administered Kashmir has been in turmoil since July 8 when rebel commander Burhan Wani was killed by Indian security forces. More than 70 people have been killed and thousands have been wounded in the ensuing unrest, including hundreds with serious eye injuries from pellets guns fired by Indian security personnel, who have faced criticism for using excessive forces against the protesters. The disputed region has mostly remained…

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“Move fast before Kashmir explodes” : M Y Taragami

PM has not said a word even though Kashmir is burning: M Y Tarigami Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami, a senior legislator of Jammu Kashmir, has been a voice of sanity in troubled times in Kashmir. The sole representative of the CPI (M) in Kashmir, he has won from the Kulgam constituency repeatedly in 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2014. He can by no stretch of the imagination be called a separatist being a mainstream politician who has taken firm positions on important issues in the past. Tarigami is deeply disturbed and worried…

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq – Once bitten, Twice shy

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads his faction of the Hurriyat Conference, has been continuously under house arrest for the past two months. He is considered a moderate separatist leader, but he has turned a hardliner now as the Union government continues not to listen to the voice of Kashmiris. In this interview, he expresses his frustration. Excerpts: Why do you think the situation erupted like this? It was the most obvious reaction to the kind of provocations that the people of Kashmir were being routinely subjected to since the infamous…

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We can reconsider use of pellet guns: Rajnath Nath

After telling Parliament that he will hold direct talks with the people of Jammu & Kashmir whose “pain is being felt by every Indian”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh recently returned from a two-day visit to the state where he met top political leaders from all parties and several local delegations. The home minister has been gathering direct feedback from Kashmir’s ground zero where nearly 50 people have been killed and thousands injured in protests after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter. He will also be visiting…

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‘The gun cannot solve the Kashmir issue’

‘The separatists are representatives of Pakistan.’ ‘They get paid from Islamabad for propagating that country’s policy and conniving in her ploy of accession of Kashmir to Pakistan.’ In January 30, 1971, a 17 year old Kashmiri, along with his cousin, hijacked a Srinagar-Delhi Indian Airlines Fokker Friendship flight — the Ganga — to Lahore. In the ensuing drama, the plane was set ablaze after releasing the passengers and the crew. India retaliated by banning overflights by any Pakistan aircraft which severely affected Pakistani troop movement during the the ensuing Bangladesh…

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‘TAAK won’t rest till Kashmir becomes favourite destination for travellers’

The travel trade fraternity from J&K left no stone unturned to promote J&K’s tourism potential across many cities in India. In collaboration with department of tourism Kashmir, various travel and hotel associations organized road shows and seminars at Ahmedabad, Surat, Indore, Raipur, New Delhi, Kolkata, etc. Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK) also made its strong presence with open-jeep rally in Ahmedabad city. President TAAK Manzoor Siddiq was the brain behind organizing first ever jeep-rally in any city in India which attracted huge attention of the locals. Scores of the…

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I am a Kashmiri not Indian: Sheikh Nazir

‘I don’t have a passport nor am I going to have one till I die’ Sheikh Nazir Ahmad, cousin of National Conference President Farooq Abdullah was the oldest stalwart of Abdullah family. A lawyer by profession, Nazir was until recently the General Secretary of NC and made important decisions of the party. He was very close to NC founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and looked after the party affairs for several decades. He played an important role in NC governments in Jammu Kashmir. He always used to curse New Delhi and…

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