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Kashmir on Edge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Capt. S.K. Tikoo   
Monday, 19 July 2010 00:00

Kashmir is once again in the news and as usual for all the wrong reasons. Around thirteen young men, most of them just teenagers, all of them civilians, have lost their lives unnecessarily during the past fortnight. All of them died when the security forces, that include J&K Police and CRPF, had to use force to control the violent mobs storming the streets of some known sensitive parts of Srinagar -- Sopore and Baramulla towns and later spreading to the town of Anantnag in south Kashmir too. Crowds were protesting for different reasons at different places, and were under nobody’s command and control. In spite of my best efforts to find out who was behind these protests, my contacts in the Valley were as clueless as I was. One thing, though was quite clear, the separatists of all hues were in the forefront to claim ‘credit’ for the upheaval that had partially engulfed the valley. A Srinagar based activeworker of a mainstream political party was candid when he conveyed to me that the protesting youth were, in fact, waiting for the orders from party leaders. And which party were they referring to? To my shock, the name of the party, I was told, is SANG BAAZ (Stone Pelters) party. I obviously thought he was joking, but he was dead serious and he reminded me of a press conference addressed (or a press release issued) by these SANG BAAZES (Stone Pelters ) in February this year. The ‘boys’, according to him, had all the contempt for Syed Ali Shah Geelani, whom they accused of stage-managing his arrest, only to enjoy the cool oxygen-rich breeze of Chashma Shahi. (Probably Geelani is lodged in one of the State guest houses over there).

Kashmir -- An Introspection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shiban Dudha   
Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00


Various upheavals have been witnessed by and inflicted on an average Kashmiri in the recent past. Applying the popular principles of social psychology, the detrimental effect of subjugation witnessed by him in the full decade of 90s’ has taken an unimaginable and non quantifiable psychological toll of him. Studies and researches conducted by Social scientists and groups have already revealed the adverse side effects of trauma undergone by him when he remained a mute spectator to the devastation during the last forty years. Besides the growth of graveyards poor Kashmiris have hardly experienced anything.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2011 19:21
Letter to WSJ editor re: “Security forces fire on protesters in Kashmir" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Rahul Pandit   
Thursday, 01 July 2010 00:00

RE: “Security forces fire on protesters in Kashmir"
Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, June 29, 2010 by Tom Wright
In Mr. Wright’s article “Security forces fire on protesters in Kashmir”, he makes a grievous error in attributing the current rise of violence in Kashmir to the killing of a youth a few weeks ago by a ‘tear-gas canister fired by security forces during a protest march”.

The Significance of 23rd June, 1953 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Capt. S.K. Tikoo   
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 00:00

The morning of 23rd June, 1953 was no different than the morning of the previous day. It was one of those pleasant summer mornings in Srinagar, when the breeze is cool and refreshing and the rising sun in the east is not yet hot but its rays have that typical soothing effect, eagerly awaited and enjoyed by only those fortunate souls who live in cold climes. We too were among those fortunate ones till we were thrown out of our beloved Maej Kasheer by Pak-sponsored Islamist terrorists. I was busy helping my father tending the small lawn in front of our house in Kani Kadal. The river Kuta Kol was in full flow. The water level was so high that I had to just pull water out of the fast flowing river by a bucket without even going a step down on our private ghat. You only had to be extra cautious and watch out lest you be carried away by the fast current. Every summer a few unfortunate people would routinely get drowned in this river. Incredible, but true, Kuta Kol was a full-fledged river those days and was used extensively for navigation throughout the summer season. When we left Kani Kadal in February 1990, the river was already a drain, a sewer full of filth and stench and no water seen around. I wonder what it looks like now, maybe a link road, a la Nala Maar.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011 18:00
Kashmiri Pandits demand their inclusion in talks PDF Print E-mail
Written by PTI   
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 00:00

[As reported by PTI; Srinagar]: A unified delegation of valley-based Kashmiri Pandits on Tuesday demanded that they be included as constituents in the Centre—proposed political dialogue on resolving Kashmir issue. “Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) must receive equal consideration as full—fledged constituents in the political dialogue that the Centre plans to hold with various Kashmir entities,” a three-member delegation of the community told a visiting European Union delegation here.

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