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A case for Quadrification of Jammu and Kashmir- Only Way forward PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lalit Koul   
Monday, 20 April 2015 20:51

[As published at MyIndMakers]: “Meri Jaan, Teri Jaan, Pakistan! Pakistan!”  “Jeevay Jeevay, Pakistan! Pakistan! Pakistan!” “Meri Jaan, Teri Jaan, Pakistan! Pakistan!”

 

Yes, that is what is being heard these days in Kashmir valley, just 6 weeks after PDP and BJP formed a coalition government in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Anyone who didn’t expect this to happen must be living in a cave without any connection to the outside world.

 

Last few weeks, we have witnessed the gory exposure of bigotry practiced by Mufti Sayeed led government, National Conference, Congress, terrorists, anti-national secessionists and their local supporters in the Kashmir valley. It all started with the brouhaha raised by Mufti’s statement about securing lands for so-called “composite townships” for Kashmiri Hindu refugees. As soon as the news about the proposal was out, all hell broke loose in the valley and usual suspects came out on streets showing their communal and heinous colors. Yasin Malik, who by his own admission has blood of innocent Indians on his hands, led the charge and challenged Mufti Sayeed by threatening valley-wide strikes and protests.

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Will Kashmir Consume Modi Too? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Col (Dr) Tej K Tikoo (Retd)   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 00:00

It would amount to sheer heresy if such a question were asked six months back, when the Modi wave had not ebbed and Kejriwal was far from staging an amazing comeback in Delhi; a place where he had been flattened only a few months back in the general elections. But as they say, a week is too long a period in politics. Today, despite his government’s many achievements in a short span of time, Modi looks vulnerable; no where so dangerously as in Kashmir.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 May 2015 17:54
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Haider Film Review: Truth Falsified PDF Print E-mail
Written by Col T. K. Tikoo (Ret'd)   
Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

Frankly, I did not expect Haider to be a different movie than what Bollywood has been dishing out on topics of Kashmir and Punjab militancy for many years. However, ‘Haider’, the story of a militant, directed by a, Vishaal Bharadwaj, has, in the present context, gone well beyond what is expected of a young and well known director. Once it was known that a picture by the name ‘Haider’ is being shot in Kashmir, we should have expected it to be what it has proved to be; an apologist for the militants and a severe critic of our Army. For the past 25 years, ever since the eruption of Pakistan-sponsored insurgency in Kashmir, the media, including Bollywood, has shown completely one-sided picture of the events there to the world outside. It was media, more than any-one else, which buried the story of the exodus of 400,000 Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in 1989-90.

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Briefing Document (For UK Members of Parliament) “The plight of Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus” PDF Print E-mail
Written by IEKF   
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Briefing Document

(For UK Members of Parliament)

“The plight of Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus”

Issued 6th September 2014 – London

 

FOREWARD:

On 4th September 2014, Ms Krishna Bhan, President of the Indo-European Kashmir Forum

(IEKF) organized a conference in association with the Hindu Council UK on the “Plight of

Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus”, in the House of Commons. The meeting was jointly chaired by Conservative MP-Marcus Jones and Labour MP-Virendra Sharma. The speakers at the conference spoke passionately on many different perspectives ranging from history of the conflict, analogies with recent events, geopolitical aspects, role of journalists and politicians and the relevance of conflict to the rest of the world. The mood in the packed Committee Room 10 was effusive, upbeat and one which demonstrated resolve and a call to action. Also in attendance were Bob Blackman MP and Richard Harrington MP who supported the issues raised.

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On World Refugee Day, a Kashmiri Hindu writes to Modi PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lalit Koul   
Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00

[From Rediff.com]

‘Treating our ethnic cleansing with budgetary measures and financial doles is – one, not a prudent solution and second, an insult to our cause. Please understand the gravity of the situation. Our exodus is just a symptom of the malaise that has affected the valley. We would prefer to stay in exile than being sent back to be slaughtered again in a few decades. Please treat the disease and not the symptoms,’ writes Lalit Koul ‘Sharnarthee’.

Dear Mr Prime Minister

Vande Mataram!!

On this World Refugee Day, I am writing to you as a refugee in my own country.

Yes, it is paradoxical!

You might ask, how can I be a refugee in my own country? But that is the reality! That is what we are -- refugees in our own country -- 700,000 of us Kashmiri Hindus. In exile for last 24 years and still counting. Still longing for our homeland, Kashmir.

Even though the rest of India has graciously embraced us and given us refuge and opportunities, we still feel homeless because our roots are still in our homeland Kashmir. We are wingless pigeons, who have all the desire to fly back to their nests but can’t.

Mr Prime Minister, I have followed you and your speeches very closely during the just concluded elections. I, like millions of other Indians, reposed my faith in you and vowed to work with you and under your leadership to reclaim our nation and take it to newer heights.

During your election campaigning, you promised that you will work for the return and rehabilitation of we Kashmiri Hindus back in our homeland Kashmir. President Pranab Mukherjee also highlighted this as one of your administration’s top priority in his address to joint session of Parliament.

Recent media reports and statements from the home and finance ministries also indicate that you have set the ball rolling on this subject and are considering some proposals. And that is very laudable because yours is the first government since our exodus that has made our return and rehabilitation a priority initiative. Thank you.

Having said that, I am getting very concerned about the proposals that are apparently being reviewed and pursued. Based on what I have heard and read in the media, your government is considering some economic and jobs package for us Kashmiri Hindus that in your opinion will facilitate our return and rehabilitation in our homeland Kashmir.

Frankly speaking, if that is what your proposed plan of action is, it is nothing but old wine in a new bottle. It is an old tactic that has been tried and has failed miserably.

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