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Dharmarth Trust, others oppose Shrines Bill, demand its withdrawal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Excelsior Correspondent   
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 00:00

[From Daily Excelsior] JAMMU: Various social and religious organizations under the banner of J& K Dharmarth Trust (JKDT) today demanded that the Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Temples Bill lying with Select Committee of the Assembly be withdrawn.

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Homesick Militants Are Offered a Way Back to Kashmir PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gardiner Harris   
Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

[From New York Times]: LOLAB VALLEY, Kashmir — Many of them left as teenagers, impulsive boys fired by indignation who sneaked across the border to Pakistan-controlled territory without telling their mothers.

 

But even militants get homesick.

 

“My first contact with my mother was three years after I’d left, and my parents had no idea what had happened to me,” said Abdul Hamid Rather, who left India-controlled Kashmir in 2001 when he was 14. “She was weeping, and I was weeping.”

 

More than 350 former militants have returned here to India-controlled Kashmir recently in a quiet new effort to deal with the growing problem of rehabilitating some of the thousands who left home in recent decades to fight for Pakistan in its long-running separatist feud with India over the disputed territory.

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Shields against terror PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rahul Pandita   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 22:47

[From Open Magazine Online]: Village Defence Committees have played an important role in containing militancy in the Jammu region.

 

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RING FENCE  Muslim women training for a Village Defence Committee in Kulali village, 260 km from Jammu city, in December 2004
RING FENCE Muslim women training for a Village Defence Committee in Kulali village, 260 km from Jammu city, in December 2004

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Minority targeted in Kishtwar PDF Print E-mail
Written by K.N. Pandita   
Sunday, 11 August 2013 00:00

[From WORLD-WIDE ASIAN-EURASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS FORUMFriday, the day of Eid festival for the majority community of Kishtwar turned to be a black day of anarchy and mayhem for its minority community. Day-long arson, loot, firing and lawlessness, indulged in by an emotionally surcharged crowd of majority community members, amply demonstrated that the State government was either incapable of maintaining law and order in this sensitive area or that it covertly let the vicious act of ethnic cleansing of the Hindus from Kishtwar region make a  monstrous demonstration. In no way can the state/district administration get absolved of the blame that it knowingly let law and order collapse in the town.

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ISI has infiltrated US thinktanks, Pak scholar says PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chidanand Rajghatta   
Sunday, 30 June 2013 00:00

[From Times of India] WASHINGTON: A prominent anti-establishment scholar in Pakistan has caused a flutter in Washington by suggesting that the country's spy outfit Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has infiltrated thinktanks in the US capital.

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