KASHMIR-RIGHS

Sacred thread of the soul

  0 comments   |     by Jawed Naqvi

SIKHS across the world are celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th anniversary today, and the fervour is enhanced by the opening of a key road between Pakistan and India that leads to his shrine in Kartarpur in Pakistan. Among the non-Sikhs who have revered Nanak are great Muslim poets. Nazeer Akbarabadi among them (1740-1830) in a paean to the Guru celebrated him for

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Hindu Nationalists Head Off a Cliff in Kashmir

  0 comments   |     by Pankaj Mishra

Long on a roll, right-wing nationalists finally seem to be overreaching. Evidence came from two different sources this week: India and Britain.  Brexit, advocated and promoted by mostly English nationalists, always threatened the breakup of Great Britain. With new Prime Minister Boris Johnson now vowing to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal and

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Whatever it takes

  0 comments   |     by Ashraf Jehangir Qazi

THE Indian lockdown of nine million Muslims in the Kashmir Valley seems to be unending. Has India made a ‘major strategic blunder’ or has it pulled off a major fait accompli? In other words, is there a greater likelihood of India having to reverse its Aug 5 decision or is it effectively irreversible despite Pakistan’s vigorous diplomacy and the unp

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Kashmir, India and the World

  0 comments   |     by Saeed Ismat

On the first day of year 2020, India completed 150 days of siege of Kashmir – longest ever in any place with the world’s longest-ever internet blockade.  The military cordon remains entrenched and unwavering to activate with the usual brutality but this time around with a wild vengeance whenever Kashmiris display any potential for resistance. So far, the only reason Kashmi

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J&K continues to be haunted, as parts of India ‘degenerate’ into quasi-Kashmir situation

  0 comments   |     by Rajendran Narayanan, Sandeep Pandey

“Jab har saans mein bandook dikhe toh baccha kaise bekhauf rahe?” (How can a child be fearless when she sees a gun in every breath?) remarked Anwar, a gardener from Srinagar, when asked about the situation in Kashmir. On November 30, 2019, a walk through an iron gate in a quiet neighbourhood of Srinagar took us inside a public school. It was 11

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Demolishing Human Rights in India

  0 comments   |     by Fr Cedric Prakash SJ

This past year from December 2018, had two significant 70th anniversaries: first, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 1948) and then, of the promulgation of the Constitution of India (November 26, 2019). It is quite certain that the makers of the Indian Constitution took inspiration from the UDHR. Strangely enough, as if on cue, ever

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Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India

  0 comments   |     by Dexter Filkins

The Prime Minister’s Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents himself as an ascetic economic visionary. He is also a hero of anti-Muslim bigots.

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India’s end game in Kashmir could blow up

  0 comments   |     by Saikat Datta

More than a month after India ended the special status for the state of Jammu and Kashmir; it is preparing to restore a high degree of normality by mid-October. This means that the curbs on people’s communication and movement in force since August 5 are likely to con

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A Dark Dawn

  0 comments   |     by Fakir Syed Aijazuddin

Kashmir – nature’s handmaiden – lies ravished by the BJP. India’s Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah has revoked, with the stroke of a presidential pen, the special status of Jammu & Kashmir guaranteed under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. He has relegated them to the dustbin that contains the remains of Junagadh, Hyderabad and Goa. S

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Hair-trigger Nuclear Alert over Kashmir

  0 comments   |     by Eric Margolis

Two of the world’s most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed. Kashmir has been a flashpoint since Imperial Britain divided India in 1947. India and Pakistan have fought numerous wars and conflicts over majority Muslim Kas

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