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Creating a welcome space for Pandits PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal   
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 18:29

[From The Kashmir Monitor]: The publicity machine of the Chief Minister hailed the meeting that Mr. Omar Abdullah held with a group of Kashmiri Pandits on 18th September 2012 in Srinagar, describing the meeting in glowing terms and re-affirming Mr. Abdullah’s pledge that the “Government will do whatever possible for their return and rehabilitation.” This newspaper, in an editorial on 20th September, noted that J&K Government efforts so far have amounted to “mere lip service.” The 18th September meeting was actually a disaster. Here is why.

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9/14 – We Shall Never Forget PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lalit Koul   
Friday, 14 September 2012 20:33
[Also published at Rediff.com]
Long before 9/11, there was 9/14.
Long before 26/11, there was 9/14.
Long before 7/11, there was 9/14.
 
Yes 9/14 in the fall of 1989 - the day when first shot of Kashmiri Hindus’ ethnic cleansing was fired in the vale of Kashmir. Kashmiri Hindu, the minority community in Kashmir, lost its tallest leader Pt. Tika Lal Taploo to the bullets of Islamic terrorists that fateful day. Pt. Taploo was not killed because he was a political leader. He was not killed because he was BJP’s Vice-President in Kashmir. He was killed because he was a proud Indian to the core - proud of his ancestry, proud of his service to the nation and most importantly proud of his nationalism. He was brutally killed in broad daylight because he was a Hindu and a spanner in the wheels of Islamic terrorism whose only agenda was establishing Nizam-e-Mustafa in Kashmir.
 
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American Policy and Kashmir Dispute PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

[From Rising Kashmir]: The United States of America (U.S.) and India held their 3rd Bilateral Strategic Dialogue on June 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. As a customary practice, most think tanks in the town like the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), and others held open forums to discuss the state of bilateral relationship between the U.S. and India, including its positive achievements and major disappointments. In all such meetings, a very senior U.S. diplomat or an official would make a presentation, followed by a question and answer (Q&A) session. There were other presentations as well from South Asia experts. I was invited to such meetings and attended most of them.

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Not At Your Mercy – Geelani Sahib PDF Print E-mail
Written by B L Saraf   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 00:00

In  much hyped  - though  still illusory -  government policy of  rehabilitation and resettlement  of displaced Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley , Syed Ali Shah Geelani has found a non existing  straw to cling  to sail through the  self created murky waters, which though are destined to drown his  highly bigoted and rabid ideology .His hitherto sugar coated response to the arrival of newly employed employees in  Kashmir is , seemingly , proving too much for his  plasma sugar levels that  he feels impending need to detoxify his blood of any traces of fairness or rationality it might,  per chance,  have had . Geelani  is all set  to wage a war  against this policy. The sugar coat  has peeled off; the bitter truth has come out; and we hear the raving and ranting of a disgruntled man.

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Economic CBMs: the structural faults and the lack of a future for Kashmiri Pandits PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rashneek Kher   
Sunday, 24 June 2012 00:00

[Delivered at the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora Meeting to discuss the Government of India's Kashmir Interlocuter Report, 2012]:

The word economic CBM occurs in the executive summary of the report right at the beginning and no matter how hard you try it doesn’t show up ever again. There are some 20 odd pages in the report which are devoted to the economic situation (in CHAPTER 4: Economic  and  Social Components of the New Compact) of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and what is wrong with it, with some naive and some excessively open-ended recommendations. The report looks at various central schemes that run in the state and how they are being implemented. Then there are recommendations of the group of interlocutors about what should be done to improve the economic health of the State more with the motive of addressing the social milieu of the state and less with the real improvement of the economy of the State.

 

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