'There is a problem with the rise of a popular view that sees Kashmir through the prism of the larger, chronic Hindu-Muslim tensions.' Let's get some of the least contestable facts out of the way. First, the current phase of troubles started with the security forces killing Burhan Wani, which was an inevitability. From the day he picked up arms against the State and began preening on social media, he was a dead (if very young) man walking. That he survived so long is a marvel of his luck, and also skills. Usually, you won't survive more than a year after making it to the armed forces' 'A' list of wanted men. Do I have sympathy for him? I'd grieve for any dead countryman, but I'd sympathise with him only to the extent that he was allowed, probably even encouraged, to take such a disastrous path by friends and family. Even the manner of his killing is irrelevant. Once you take to arms and start killing, to complain about being killed extra-judicially would be chutzpah. Sad, therefore, … [Read more...] about Keeping Kashmir, but losing the Kashmiris
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The Simla Agreement may be somewhat overrated. It could even be dead though we keep referring to it as a guiding light and take shelter behind it. Signed on July 2, 1972, by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Pakistan President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the Agreement has been observed mainly in its breach. It commits the two countries to “put an end to the conflict and confrontation that have hitherto marred their relations and work for the promotion of a friendly and harmonious relationship and the establishment of durable peace in the sub-continent”. Pending “the final settlement of any of the problems between the two countries”, it stipulates that “neither side shall unilaterally alter the situation and both shall prevent the organization, assistance or encouragement of any acts detrimental to the maintenance of peaceful and harmonious relations”. This is followed by a list of admirable, if ineffectual, exhortations. If these had been implemented … [Read more...] about It’s time for India and Pakistan to walk the talk
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on November 19 raised the issue of withdrawal of SPG security cover to the Gandhi family, but the government said he cannot raise the matter in Zero Hour as he had not given a notice for the same. After the notice of adjournment motion given by the party on the withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) cover to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former party president Rahul Gandhi was rejected by Speaker Om Birla, Mr. Chowdhury raised the issue in the Zero Hour. He said the family faces threat to life and the cover by the elite security organisation should not have been withdrawn. The Congress leader said the previous NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee also did not remove the SPG cover of the Gandhis.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said Mr. Chowdhury cannot raise the issue in Zero Hour as he had not given notice in this regard.“You have rejected the notice for adjournment on the issue. He did not give … [Read more...] about Issue of withdrawal of SPG cover for Gandhis raised in Lok Sabha
Security forces in Kashmir are facing a dangerous enemy -- rumours -- that snowball into widespread trouble in the valley. Why civilians confront the army in Kashmir Fake or exaggerated news against the forces and the administration are feeding public anger, often leading to violence. "To stop canards being spread against the administration and the forces through the word of mouth is proving to be a challenging task," a senior police official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told PTI. Internet services have been blocked in the Valley for over a month now. The ban was lifted for three days from April 10, but led to a plethora of posts, pictures and videos being shared on social media sites such as Whatsapp and Facebook on alleged atrocities on civilians by security forces. Trouble peaked on April 19, when rumours spread that 100 students had been injured in clashes with security forces in the Pulwama district of Kashmir. "But a probe found that only 20 students had sustained … [Read more...] about Who is army’s enemy number 1 in Kashmir?
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday raised the issue of withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) security cover to the Gandhi family, but the government said he cannot raise the matter in Zero Hour as he had not given a notice for the same. After the notice of adjournment motion given by the party on the withdrawal of SPG cover to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former party president Rahul Gandhi was rejected by Speaker Om Birla, Chowdhury raised the issue in the Zero Hour. Supporting the demand of the Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam member T R Baalu said removing the SPG cover from the Gandhis has put their lives under threat.The government should provide SPG protection to them, Baalu said. Chowdhury said the family faces threat to life and the cover by the elite security organisation should not have been withdrawn. The Congress leader said the previous National Democratic Alliance government led … [Read more...] about Cong protests in Parl over withdrawal of Gandhis’ SPG cover