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Conflict, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Kashmir PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal   
Friday, 19 September 2008 00:00
Presentation at a meeting organized by the Interfaith International on the sidelines of the ninth session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

There is no single Kashmir. The former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, consisting of four major regions (Kashmir, Jammu, Gilgit and Ladakh) is divided into four entities. The largest entity, called the Jammu and Kashmir, is a part of India and administered by a locally elected government.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 September 2010 04:07
Response to Washington Times Article on Kashmir Dated September 3, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal   
Thursday, 04 September 2008 00:00
Dr. Sazawal addresses the serious violations of freedom of press in the Kashmir valley, where journalists are forced (at the risk of personal violence) to exaggerate facts to support the claims of Kashmiri separatists'.

I read your article on Kashmir dated September 3, 2008 with great interest. There is no question that the issue will never be resolved without the approval of all parties - including Kashmiris. But many of your

Last Updated on Friday, 10 September 2010 20:25
Communal Politics Rears Its Ugly Head Yet Again in Kashmir PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Rahul Pandit   
Sunday, 31 August 2008 00:00
Response to Op-Ed by Pankaj Mishra entitled “A Jihad Grows in Kashmir”, published online August 26, 2008, in print on August 27, 2008, page A23 New York Edition.

The crisis over the Amarnath Yatra has finally come to a close. Unfortunately this is just the latest chapter in the nearly two decade-long attacks on religious freedom by Kashmiri separatists engaging in communal politics. From the beginning of the current crisis, Kashmiri separatists and those aligned with them (read PDP, or Progressive Democratic Party) have tried to communalize the Amarnath land transfer for political gains.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 September 2010 04:06
Appeasement is Never Good for a Nation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lalit Koul   
Wednesday, 06 August 2008 00:00

Guest column from current IAKF President Lalit Koul, appearing at as well as (entitled "Holy Amarnath – Political Chessboard for Kashmiri Muslim Politicians").

10,000 forest trees are chopped down to build Mughal road in Kashmir; no one makes a noise.

Acres of land in the Kashmir valley are given to Reliance telecom to install mobile phone towers; no one screams.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 September 2010 05:12
An Imperfect Storm: The Summer of 2008 Uprising in Kashmir PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Vijay K. Sazawal   
Saturday, 19 July 2008 00:00

[The article has been published by the Kashmir Observer on July 29, 2008 ( and by Kashmir Images ( on July 30, 2008, both published from Srinagar, Kashmir], as well as Outlook India ( on August 7, 2008.

Unlike the sustained uprising in Kashmir in 1990 which was mostly orchestrated by Pakistani trained operatives, the uprising in the summer of 2008 was mostly indigenous, spontaneous and massive. Yet it began and died after ten days of bloody upheaval under rather strange circumstances. What prevented the latest insurgency from becoming a “perfect storm?” The author conducts a post-mortem of the uprising.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 September 2010 05:10
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