Published July 28th, 2017 by

Unrest taking a heavy toll on fair administration!

Explanation and accountability are the worst victims of unrest culminating into exploitation, corruption and vested interest of favouritism.

It is almost seven decades now that Kashmir has not been politically as calm as most other parts of the subcontinent are. With earlier occasional voices of dissent, Kashmir conflict has changed to its worst form since 1988. The unrest in Kashmir has now passed on to the fourth generation with totally different shape and dimensions. The present unrest has started revealing its far-reaching ramifications both at local and international levels. Kashmir and Kashmir conflict is not an ordinary issue that can be brushed under the carpet to be deliberated upon at some other occasion at one’s own convenience. The impact of unrest has touched almost every facet of Kashmiri life. Our indigenous politics has become so murky that Plato’s saying ‘One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors ‘holds very true in Kashmir. Economy, education, culture, and bio-network too have got badly harmed. But the worst hit is the administration and the objective system of governance.

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Published July 5th, 2017 by

It’s the new political bait in Kashmir

Whether in present shape or with some modifications GST is not going to deliver wonders and change the plight of people of Kashmir..

Tax paying is as old as civilization. The only thing that matters and at times worries is the intent and quantum of taxation.  GST (Goods and Services Tax) as claimed by its protagonists is a reformed and simplified tax regime that was in pipeline for last thirteen years. Even after some voices of dissent in several parts of the country, the GST has been adopted by almost all states and territories except Jammu and Kashmir state. In Jammu and Kashmir, the present governmental dispensation —a coalition of two ideologically different political parties tried its best to keep pace with rest of the country but had to delay GST implementation under pressure from different quarters. No doubt, there are provisions in the Constitution that authorize the state government to push the GST system but the coalition government apprehending trouble with the hurried enactment and more significantly trying to portray a holy cow image of its government deferred the implementation and are trying to take all the stakeholders on board—especially the political opponents.

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Published June 22nd, 2017 by

This tragic chapter urges us to think about our survival. Sooner the better

We have to have a strategy where we will make way for resolution of long-pending Kashmir conflict through peaceful means

Ashtangoo is a beautiful hamlet located on the banks of Wular Lake—Asia’s one of the largest freshwater lakes. Most of the habitations in Bandipora district are situated in the catchment area of Wular Lake and villages like Ashtangoo are a part of earlier popular tourist circuit— ‘ride around the Wulur’. A ride around the Wallur is an old story now but the chain of these villages is in news for one or the other adverse reasons. Ashtangoo is in news for the death of its two sons on the same day by (known and unknown) gunmen. Both the young men were buried in the same graveyard and their last rites were performed by the same set of people without asking a question about their affiliations and ideology for which they laid their life. These are tragic but also thought-provoking incidents of coincidental deaths. Nasir Ahmad Sheikh a welder by profession in his twenties got killed in cold blood reportedly by state-controlled security agencies at industrial area of Rangreth simply because he happened to be at a wrong place at the wrong time. And just a few kilometers down the Rangreth karewa at Hyderpora locality Nasir’s fellow villager thirty-year-old Shazad Dilawar Sofi a constable in Jammu and Kashmir police fell to bullets of unknown gunmen.

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Published June 21st, 2017 by

The Indo-Pak antagonism can be rightly known as seven decades old rot but not so deep a conflict that cannot be settled amicably with the proper application of mind and negotiating skills.

India and Pakistan exist with a complete hostile mindset against each other for the last seven decades—from the day of their emergence in 1947. Several overt and covert wars, numerous inimical undercover operations and bashing each other at almost every international forums has been a routine for the last seventy years irrespective of the circumstances who is in power at Islamabad and Delhi. Much has been written and said about Indo-Pak hostilities. Aggression against each other has practically turned into a sort of belief within these two nations and only intensity of belligerence keeps varying with every change in the guard or emerging political situation. For the last several years, this enmity has turned worst except few friendly bashes and encounters either to please political constituencies back home or to stage-manage few photo-op sessions for personal image enhancement of leaders on either side. However, the last more than a year has proved even worse for Indo- Pak relations. Minus diplomatic relations every channel seems to have turned sour. Occasional skirmishes on borders have turned into much wider fights, aggressive demeaning propaganda from both sides have reached to ‘Goebbelsian lie’ proportions and each other’s foreign offices are firing regular salvos to belittle and demonize the other one. Both are fighting covert wars beyond their own borders and pump millions of taxpayer’s money (otherwise meant for uplifting their own people) into such dirty war.

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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…

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