|December 30, 2010
||Ambiance for the resolution!
A solution to the vexed problem of Kashmir can only materialise when an ambiance for the same is created first
|December 20, 2010
||Kashmir’s Power Mess!
Power famine during winter has been our perennial fate but the present situation is probably the worst in our memory?
|December 19, 2010
||Kashmir’s leadership crisis!
Right from its start in 1931, Kashmir’s political movement has been undermined by its own leadership
|December 16, 2010
||Buying “Peace” with Dollars and Euros!
India has been trying to get Pakistan’s alleged sponsorship of terrorism condemned by foreign leaders by spending billions in armament and other deals. They feel this will buy them peace. Unfortunately, they do not understand that ultimately these “Salesmen of death” are bound to lose if “Peace” truly prevails here!
|December 12, 2010
||Eye of the Storm!
If the present ominous lull in Kashmir is like the typical eye of a storm, then all concerned need to take immediate corrective action to prevent the other part hitting them in June!
|December 09, 2010
||Dividing Jammu & Kashmir?
The most controversial proposal from the most unlikely source has generated quite a stir. However, it appears that there is definitely something more than meets the eye!
|December 05, 2010
Kashmiri has ceased to be the mother tongue of the present up coming generation especially in urban areas as only their “Grand-Mothers” speak it!
|November 28, 2010
||Status of Srinagar Airport?
Is the Srinagar Airport an “International” or “Domestic” Airport or simply an Air Base used also for civilian flights?
|November 26, 2010
||Stop calling it “International”!
Delhi has not only played a cruel joke on Kashmiris but is sprinkling salt on their wounds by calling the Srinagar Airport as “International”!
|November 20, 2010
||The AFSPA Scam!
The scam involving human lives is much more immoral and grave than the one involving property. If the culprits guilty of usurping real estate can be taken to task, then why not those involved in killing innocent persons in Kashmir?
|November 20, 2010
||Kashmir’s “Money Streams”!
Apart from normal rivers and streams, Kashmir has some special streams flowing from Delhi and other places carrying money in which the pro-India as well as anti-India leaders swim with glee!
|November 14, 2010
||American Double Standards!
The days of Tom Paine, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln are long past. Americans like the British have now become what Napoleon called a “Nation of Shopkeepers!”
|November 14, 2010
||Adarsh and AFSPA
The recent unearthing of the scam in the property meant for the widows of Kargil heroes casts doubts on the “more loyal than the King” attitude of the top Army Generals regarding AFSPA!
|November 10, 2010
||Busting the Obama Bubble!
The hype raised about the visit of the American President especially the hope for his intervention in sorting out the local issues in the sub-continent has proved hollow because of his priority for the “American Interests”
|November 07, 2010
||Of Monkeys and Cats!
The School Book story of two cats and a monkey is well known but there is another fable of a clever monkey and a dim cat which has given rise to the idiom, the Cat’s Paw!
|November 04, 2010
||Kashmir’s Cat’s Paw Syndrome!
Kashmiris have been struggling for almost 79 years for the realisation of their aspirations but quite often they have been pulling others’ chest nuts out of the fire. It is time to pull out their own themselves!
|October 31, 2010
||The Obama Scare!
While as many people are eagerly waiting for the visit of the American President, Kashmiris are apprehending some engineered violence to get his adverse reaction about their peaceful movement!
|October 26, 2010
||Raising the Terror Hype!
As usual the electronic media with obvious green signal from the right people has started raising hype about imminent terror attacks during Obama’s visit. Hype appears more suggestive than informative!
|October 24, 2010
||Is India a “Hindu” State?
In spite of tall claims about being the largest democratic republic with secular, socialist, and progressive outlook, the only commonality on the ground in India is the Hindu religion!
|October 22, 2010
||Advani’s Saffron Terror!
It is said that the terrorism has no religion. It is terrorism regardless of caste, creed, colour, or religion. However, the “Saffron Terror” is more invisible than visible!
|October 18, 2010
||Incredible India’s Beautiful Prison
The celebrations of year 2010 as the visit Kashmir year had a tragic end and the slogan, “Paradise Awaits You” became, the “Beautiful Prison Awaits You!”
|October 17, 2010
||Honesty before “Azadi”!
Before one can dream of independence, one has to deserve to be independent and that can happen only when one is honest and sincere in the first instance
|October 15, 2010
||Delhi’s Eye Wash!
Even before their arrival the interlocutors selected by Delhi have drawn negative comments from the main parties they are supposed to start a dialogue with!
|October 10, 2010
||Visit Kashmir Year-2010 - Beautiful Prison Awaits You!
The frequent shutdowns and endless curfews have converted the charming valley of Kashmir known as the “Paradise on Earth” into an oversized cantonment and a concentration camp! The slogan, “Paradise Awaits You” has become, “Beautiful Prison Awaits You!”
|October 05, 2010
The sops offered by the Unified Command headed by the State Chief Minister instead of giving a healing touch appear to be a unified attempt at humiliating Kashmiris!
|October 02, 2010
Some people deliberately try to distort present events and history to suit their analysis of the existing situation in Kashmir. However, all these distortions cannot hide the truth which has a habit of bursting out in the end!
|September 26, 2010
||Curfew versus Calendar!
The easiest way found out by the authorities to counter Geelani’s Calendar is to impose blanket Curfew thereby putting the common man between the devil and the deep sea!
|September 26, 2010
||AFSPA or Kashmir
The hype raised about AFSPA gives an impression that India cannot hold on to Kashmir without unbridled powers given to its Army which makes the allegation that Kashmiris are being held against their will appear genuine!
|September 23, 2010
||The All Parties Kashmir initiative!
The visit of the prominent political leaders of India to Srinagar to assess the situation under strictest ever curfew would be not only a cruel joke but an insult to the intelligence of these leaders unless they come out with a realistic report based on the ground situation!
|September 20, 2010
||The All Parties Joke!
The visit of the prominent political leaders of India to Srinagar to assess the situation under strictest ever curfew is not only a cruel joke but an insult to the intelligence of these leaders!
|September 20, 2010
||Why so angry?
Sonia Gandhi’s comments about the present situation in Kashmir during the All Party Meet reminded one of Marie Antoinette’s sayings during the French revolution!
|September 19, 2010
There cannot be a more hypocritical statement than asking “Why Kashmiris are so angry?” It reminds one of the French Queen Marie Antoinette!
|September 14, 2010
||Kashmir “rattled” again!
The events on the Eid day seem to have “rattled” entire Kashmir once again but the cause of the sudden violence remains a mystery!
|September 12, 2010
||The Dragon wakes up!
The famous sleeping dragon of China seems to have suddenly woken up and is giving sleepless nights to Indian authorities. Kashmiris very strangely seem to be ignorant about the capabilities of the dragon!
|September 08, 2010
||The China Factor
The recent Chinese moves are in line with their traditional stand on Kashmir. The public reiteration of these through various steps apparently seems to have been prompted by the increasing Indo-American bonhomie but there is also a historical background to the relationship!
|September 05, 2010
||The Double Standards
There are innumerable instances where the Indian Government applies double standards in regard to Kashmir. The proposed Airport closure is the latest one!
|September 04, 2010
||The Airport Closure
Srinagar does not have a Civil Airport but it is an Air Base being allowed to be used by the civilian flights also!
|August 28, 2010
||Siege without end!
There appears no end in sight to the siege in Kashmir. While as both the Central and the State Governments seem to have become totally insensitive to the untold sufferings of the people, the leaders of the movement too appear to be at a loss about the ultimate road map to the final goal!
|August 24, 2010
||Who runs Kashmir? MHA, Geelani, or the angry youth?
The way the things are moving in Kashmir, it seems neither the Government nor the opposite camp is in control. The daily life appears to follow the dictates of the angry youth who have so far defied one and all!
|August 22, 2010
||Of Kangris and Shoes!
Kangri is a traditional Kashmiri weapon commonly used in winter while the Shoe is a symbol of disgrace in local parlance
|August 17, 2010
Apart from having been blindfolded about the ground realties in Kashmir, Delhi has been sometimes desperate, sometimes stubborn but ultimately it has turned out to be hypocritical!
|August 15, 2010
||India’s “Internal” matter!
If a country deliberately deprives the right to life to some people whom it claims to be its legal citizens, it is no longer an “Internal” matter. The World at large is morally and legally bound to intervene!
|August 10, 2010
||What after American “Exit”?
Americans are preparing to leave Afghanistan sooner than later. Their exit may not usher in peace in South Asia if India and Pakistan continue their mistrust of each other!
|August 08, 2010
||Revolution not uprising!
The unending clashes of the angry youth with the security forces in spite of the strictest ever curfew go beyond the usual uprisings witnessed in Kashmir over the years!
|August 07, 2010
An obstinate person can cause harm to himself but a stubborn political set up in a state is a sure recipe for disaster!
|August 03, 2010
||Who Owns J&K?
In the present totally confusing and drifting scenario it is a million dollar question as to who owns J & K? India, Pakistan, their local bidders or the common people? In reality, none of them!
|August 01, 2010
||Kashmir, a money minting machine!
The amount of funds flowing into Kashmir from various sources and circulating freely within the valley for lining pockets of one and all is mind boggling!
|July 27, 2010
||Kashmir, an open-dated bearer cheque!
Mohammad Ali Jinnah had called Kashmir a bearer cheque. He could have never imagined that the cheque would become an open dated cheque for one and all!
|July 25, 2010
||Kashmir under siege!
For more than a month now almost the entire valley is under siege. Life has come to a virtual standstill causing immense suffering to the common people. Delhi appears totally insensitive to this situation!
|July 23, 2010
In spite of a month of virtual siege, killing of 17 innocent teenagers and shut down of all commercial activities, Delhi appears totally insensitive to the sufferings of Kashmiris as if, as stated by a columnist, “the people don’t matter!”
|July 18, 2010
||Back to 1931!
The recent events in Kashmir had taken the situation back to 1990 but the siege on the 13th July, the Officially celebrated Martyrs’ Day has taken it back to 1931!
|July 17, 2010
||Doomed before take off!
Indian electronic media fond of conducting live media-trials had already given its verdict on Indo-Pak talks even before these had taken off!
|July 13, 2010
After being Blindfolded, Delhi has now become desperate which is evident from its recent moves in Kashmir which amount to trying to kill a housefly with a sledgehammer!
|July 11, 2010
||Back to 1990!
The vicious cycle of violence has brought Kashmir back to 1990 but with a difference! Then it was an armed uprising but now it is a peaceful mass upheaval being crushed by excessive force!
|July 09, 2010
||The Enemy Territory!
The security forces including the paramilitary who had been brainwashed to consider Kashmir as “Enemy Territory” while dealing with armed rebellion continue to still hold the same mindset
|July 04, 2010
||Boiling Kashmir and Dithering Delhi
For some strange reasons most of the wrongs in Kashmir originate from Delhi and these get further compounded by its dithering leadership!
|July 02, 2010
||Blind folded Delhi!
Recent response to the grave situation in Kashmir from the responsible authorities in Delhi appears as the reactions of a blind folded person!)
|June 27, 2010
||Building the Trust
There is a great hype for building the Indo-Pak “Trust” before the real “Dialogue” but the million dollar question is how to do it?
|June 26, 2010
||Trust before the Dialogue
Indo-Pak dialogue process was restarted in Bhutan but before it proceeds further, the two sides plan to bridge the trust deficit but no one knows how?
|June 20, 2010
||Mayhem in Kashmir
How long will the vicious cycle of violence keep on taking innocent lives? Someone needs to be answerable for the present mayhem!
|June 18, 2010
||The Holy Book and the Hostages!
AFSPA is needed more to keep a lid on the simmering Kashmir cauldron than for military operations!
|June 13, 2010
||The Cheapest Blood!
The saying that the blood can be cheaper than water aptly describes the present situation in Kashmir
|June 10, 2010
||A “Humbled” Prime Minister!
This time Dr. Manmohan Singh seemed less enthusiastic about the violations of Human Rights. Has he been “humbled” by the security establishment?
|May 30, 2010
||Census and Kashmir
For the first time people are realising the importance of Census for Kashmir. The Civil Society is concerned with the possibility of fudging and its serious implications!
|May 23, 2010
||City of the “Eclipsed” Sun!
Parvarsena while establishing Srinagar must have never imagined that the Sun would get totally eclipsed over his dream city!
|May 23, 2010
||Welcome to the “Dirty” City!
One wonders whether it is the same Srinagar which was once called the Venice of the East by the European travellers?
|May 15, 2010
||Topping the IAS selection
Kashmiris can do much more if they make up their mind and are given the opportunity
|May 14, 2010
||Central Services and Kashmir
The feat of the Kashmiri IAS topper should be an eye opener for all concerned about the capability and talent of he Kashmiri Youth if given the trust and the right opportunity)
|May 08, 2010
||More than a “Nudge”!
The Americans were successful in nudging India and Pakistan for restarting the dialogue in Bhutan. However, the peace process may need something more to achieve any results!
|May 08, 2010
||“Nudge” in Bhutan!
The melting of ice between the two neighbours even if by the outside nudge is welcome but there is need to go beyond the nudge to give relief to Kashmiris!
|May 02, 2010
||Kashmir’s fate and the Thimpu meet!
The mood of the two Prime Minister’s during their meeting on the sidelines of SAARC Summit seemed upbeat yet the fate of poor Kashmiris remains undecided!
|May 01, 2010
||Thaw in Thimpu
The freeze over Indo-Pak relations has started thawing but the fate of Kashmiris hangs in the balance!
|April 25, 2010
||In Search of the Missing Stupa!
Discovery of the engraved copper plaques of the 4th Buddhist Council held in Kashmir in the first century A.D. in the time of Kanishka and buried under a stupa, if true, is definitely a historical find!
|April 18, 2010
||A “Blue Print” for Kashmir Solution!
The western powers have been preparing “Blue Prints” for Kashmir right from 1947 and in some cases may be even earlier than that!
|April 17, 2010
||Anglo-American Kashmir “Blue Print”
The Western Power Block is renewing its interest in the “Kashmir Corridor” by designing new “Blue Prints”
|April 11, 2010
||“Hot” summer in Kashmir!
For last couple of decades the Kashmiris have faced so much heat from all sides that another “Hot” summer will not make a difference provided something concrete comes out of it!
|April 10, 2010
||Forget Azadi, revoke AFSPA!
Discussing anything minus Azadi with a gun held to the head of the other party is not only meaningless but rather ridiculous!
|April 04, 2010
||SDA-Srinagar “Defiling” Authority!
The authority constituted by the Government to oversee planned development of Srinagar has been responsible for defiling its ambiance as a beautiful green city)
|April 03, 2010
The historical City of the Sun is being choked and deprived of its green lungs under the pretext of “Beautification”
|March 28, 2010
||India Refuses Composite Dialogue!
As an anti-climax, India is refusing to restart the composite dialogue with Pakistan. In the long run, the refusal may be detrimental to India itself!
|March 27, 2010
||The “International” Joke!
The discontinuance of International flight from Srinagar shows that the Kashmiris fight more for names, titles, and the symbols, forgetting totally the most important part, the substance!
|March 23, 2010
||Is Delhi Serious about K-resolution?
The recent happenings in Kashmir and statements of responsible Indian authorities have created doubts whether Delhi is serious about resolving the Kashmir tangle. Apparently, they feel under no compulsion to do so!
|February 28, 2010
||Hostages to Mistrust
India and Pakistan are hostages to a perennial mistrust which does not allow any progress whatsoever on mutual détente or any possible peace process
|February 21, 2010
||Waging War with Stones
Even if the Judge does not agree with the Police plea, the “Children of Turmoil” appear determined to drive India out of Kashmir with stones!
|February 11, 2010
||David versus Goliath!
The stone pelting wave which has overtaken the Kashmir Valley reminds one about the biblical story of David and Goliath! (Hazrat Dawood and Jalut in Holy Quran
|February 07, 2010
||Peaceniks and Warmongers
There is a continuous tussle between the Peaceniks and Warmongers of the sub-continent and the Kashmiris have been getting tossed between the two!
|January 31, 2010
||Lal Chowk Freed!
For the first time in last 19 years no flag was hoisted by Paramilitary in Lal Chowk. If they have called it a day, the other side too needs to respect the truce!
|January 24, 2010
||Solitary Swallow Flying Off!
It is said that one swallow does not make a summer and on the same premise one flight does not make an International Airport. Unfortunately, even that solitary swallow seems to be flying off!