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Kashmiri Hindus: Forsaken, forgotten for 21 years PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lalit Koul   
Monday, 24 January 2011 01:46

Essay by IAKF President Lalit Koul on the 21st anniversary of the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley due to Islamic fundamentalist violence. [Also published at Rediff.Com]

 

January 19 is an insignificant day for most of the people around the world. It comes and goes and nobody notices. But for the last 21 years, for one community, it is the day that brings back frightening and dreadful memories.

It is the day when 21 years ago final nail in the coffin of forsaken community of Kashmiri Hindus was hammered. It was the day when Islamic terrorists and their sympathisers gave 24 hours eviction notice to Kashmiri Hindus. It was the day when the threats ofRaliv, Galiv Ya Chaliv (Convert, die or escape) replaced the sounds of evening Azaan (prayers) from majority of mosques in the valley of Kashmir.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 January 2011 01:59
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The Longest Night PDF Print E-mail
Written by Capt. S.K. Tikoo   
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 00:00

21 years after being driven out of the Kashmir valley from his ancestral home, prominent activist Capt. S.K. Tikoo relates the story of the night of Kashmiri Pandit Exodus Day, January 19, 1990. Also appearing in Kashmirblogs.wordpress.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 February 2011 21:17
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The Kashmir Conundrum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal   
Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

From The Greater Kashmir online newspaper.

Almost every day, or every other day, there is a seminar on the Kashmir issue in Srinagar. If mere talking could solve the issue, this dispute would have been resolved a long time ago. First, the civil society hogged the limelight but nothing happened. Then politicians took their turn but it only became worse. Finally, the two joined forces under the guise of “intellectuals” and the results were even more disastrous. I need to only point to the seminar on January 2, 2011, to make my point.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 February 2011 18:17
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Wikileaks Information from U.S. Embassy Cables on Planned U.S. Visit of Usman Majid PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wikileaks   
Thursday, 16 December 2010 00:00

US embassy cables: US argues against visa for Kashmiri 'paramilitary'. Though the actions of former terrorist sympathizer turned state Cabinet Minister Usman Majid have been deemed peaceful by IAKF, a planned visit to the U.S. in 2007 to speak at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) was cancelled due to a denial of his visa. At the time, circumspect reasoning was given at best. The Wikileaked cable below gives more information as to the U.S. State Department's haphazard rationale--while on the one hand it can grant a visa to known killler and terrorist Yasin Malik, it can on the other hand deny a visa to a former J&K Cabinet Minister due to suspicions of a violent past, coming mostly from circumspect sources that had a political agenda in prevening Mr. Majid's trip to the U.S.

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Letter to NYT: Omissions in Arundhati Roy's "Kashmir's Fruits of Discord" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sandeep Kaul   
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 00:00

A letter to the New York Times from IAKF regarding Arundhati Roy's comments on Kashmir.

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