Published June 1st, 2017 by

But certain questions stare us in the face.

For the last many years several official and unofficial individuals and groups tried to restore negotiation channels and break the ice regarding long-lasting stalemate in Kashmir. In addition to these overt efforts some behind the curtain communication networks—track two options were always live but without any significant development. Much talked about Dileep Padgaonkar led interlocutors, Sitaram Yechury and Yashwant Sinha headed delegations and individual efforts of Ram Jethmalani and many others could do nothing substantial beyond photo-op sessions and media hype. Significantly, Mani Shankar Aiyar is one smaller but credible voice pursuing Kashmir issue with an open mind and much clear perception about complications involved in resolving Kashmir conflict to the best wishes of people of Kashmir, the best interest of Indian nation and satisfaction of neighbouring stakeholders. There seems not an iota of doubt in the mind of intellectually rich Aiyar about the existence of Kashmir conflict as a festering sore within the body and soul of not only India and Pakistan but the whole subcontinent. A flashpoint that can devour the whole region with slightest military provocation by any of the stakeholders. No one can deny the integrity of other delegations of reconciliation but some people follow an issue with a conviction for its resolution even if it has to be out of box solution, while others just hunt for a result without looking deep into the genesis of the issue in right perspective. There are several people who have been trying hard to fix Kashmir problem but Mani Shankar stands tall out of them. Read More Aiyar’s mission

Published May 10th, 2017 by

If it doesn’t, Kashmir politics will be heading towards disaster? With the arrival of Durbar, Kashmir politics, as usual, is bound to get hotter. The battlefield has shifted to beautiful…

Read More Hope peace prevails

Published April 19th, 2017 by

An election without a mandate, but with a message!

Farooq Abdullah is here to represent the people of Srinagar Parliamentary constituency. The constituency with little less than thirteen lakh registered voters will be represented by a politician who managed to earn the approval of only forty-eight and half thousands of voters. Many people in Kashmir would call it a sham election and several others will invoke the element of coercion, rigging and what not. And yes a few having their own political interests at stake and would interpret it as the accomplishment of the democratic process. Obviously, in a conflicting state of affairs where the political situation is awfully fluid, every stakeholder is compelled to derive a conclusion of his liking. However, at the end of present balloting where eight young people were bulleted to death and hundreds injured the elections conveyed a clear verdict of extreme anger and a choice beyond votes. Read More Loud and Clear!

Published April 4th, 2017 by

They have made politics a dubious affair…

Srinagar and Anantnag by-elections have again set the election ball rolling in a big way. Many political pundits considered this election a referendum for PDP, BJP coalition, a coalition that raised many eyebrows from the day one. And for National Conference (NC), Congress alliance it is a tough struggle for existence. This election beyond effective alliances and party performance is more important for Farooq Abdullah and Tassaduq Mufti. Farooq Abdullah with the huge political legacy of his late father Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and his personal investment in Kashmir politics has a lot at stake that too in the backdrop of his earlier debacle in last parliamentary elections at the hands of Tariq Hamid Qarra his onetime bitter rival, now a very close supporter. Whereas for Tassaduq Mufti scion of Mufti family this maiden election will decide his political future. Read More On turncoats

Published January 11th, 2017 by

Prof. Bhat and the art of weaving yesterday into tomorrow!

True to his distinctive characteristic of habitual quietness Professor Abdul Ghani Bhat in his autobiography   ‘Beyond me’ has conveyed a lot about his personal life without making much noise. In a unique style of his trademark articulation professor has used words in a much philosophical way to relate his personal experience of transition from rustic village childhood to higher echelons of knowledge and societal order. He has been quite generous while using words and his mastery of relating things in a matchless style while describing characters and describing evolving situations around him during last five decades of his active life. Read More Beyond Me

Published December 14th, 2016 by

That sums up the whole scene of Kashmir politics.

Recently Farooq Abdullah a prominent political figure in Kashmir ruffled many political feathers by offering support to Hurriyat Conference. A strong advocate of finality of Kashmir’s integration with union of India, Farooq not only surprised, but amazed many Indian politicians.  Kashmir politics is so complicated that even Unite Nations for almost seven decades was unable to find a reasonable way-out. Pakistan and India too suffered of this complex situation and in future there seems no light at the end of long tunnel of hostilities.

Undoubtedly, Kashmir and Kashmiries are the worst victims of this intricate political scenario. After 1947 Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah then undisputed leader of Kashmiris was the only political force that could steer the Kashmir politics. However, after 1953 coup d’état several other political non-entities became compulsive stake holders in Kashmir politics. This situation lasted till Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah in 1975 (by then misunderstood by most of his detractors as irrelevant) joined back the political arena of Kashmir with several political compromises and later surprised all by sweeping 1977 assembly elections. With Sheikh’s reinvigorated political capability all premeditated political parties and politicians lost relevance before towering personality and politics of Sheikh Abdullah. Though, after his death in 1982 all irrelevant politicians again started resurging; find some space for themselves and give a tough time to Sheikh Abdullah’s political successor Farooq Abdullah. Read More The theatre of the absurd