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Volume 3, No. 3 - August 2003

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Caught Between a Laloo and a Hard Place
Editorial Team
Laloo Prasad Yadav's histrionics in Pakistan are a reminder that the shelves will be empty when Indians go shopping for leadership during next year's parliamentary elections. Laloo, part of a "peace delegation" to Pakistan, is proclaiming to Pakistanis how much in love India is with them. Pakistanis of course are gushing over his performance; their generals and jehadis alike must be laughing their heads off to see an Indian politician visiting them and lionizing the Indo-Pak love affair even as they continue to send terrorists to kill, maim, blow up and traumatize the hapless state of Jammu and Kashmir....More...
Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism (FACT) is organizing the world's first exhibition on Hindu Holocaust with special emphasis on Kashmiri Hindu Holocaust, at various locations all over the world. We request our readers to donate generously to make this exhibition successful.
For details on how to donate, please contact us by clicking here...

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François Gautier

Afghanistan’s Number One Threat 
Sreeram Chaulia
The conventional troika being blamed as preponderant threats to Afghanistan’s stability, unity and existence are Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda, Mullah Omar’s Taliban and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-i-Islami. It is sheer naivete to account these fundamentalist forces and ignore the number one wrecker-in-chief of Afghanistan in recent history- Pakistan (incidentally the creator of the second and third outfits named above and the playground of the first).....More...

The Pandits in Focus again
K.N. Pandita
Mr. Gautier, the French journalist has been speaking about the internally displaced Pandits. Recently he organized an exhibition in New Delhi on this beleaguered community. The Home Minister, despite his heavy schedule of work and ‘insignificance of the occasion’, did not miss a visit to the exhibition. He expressed regret for having neglected these people in the past. But surely, he did not make any promise for the future. Big people do not make promises and commitments for small things.....More...

Two Wrongs Do Not Make a Right
Vinod Kumar

In the aftermath of the demolition of Babri masjid two common themes have emerged in the media. The first is that ‘two wrongs do not make a right’ and the second, the Muslims of today can not be held responsible for the acts of their ancestors.
Let us first examine the first: ‘two wrongs do not make a right’ with the truism of the precepts of Lord Rama in the seminal Hindu epic Ramayana (the story of Rama). Ravana had abducted Sita – a wrong by any means.....More...

The 'Peace' Carnival
Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, Institute for Conflict Management

From despair to euphoria to despair has been the classical cycle in India's 'search for peace' in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). It has been the season for euphoria again since Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's April 18, 2003, speech at Srinagar, where he once again offered 'a hand of friendship' to Pakistan. Since then, there has been a rising crescendo of symbolism culminating in the current and extraordinary jamboree at Lahore, where a delegation of more than 30 Indian Members of Parliament (MPs), with a veritable media circus in tow, are presently grabbing headlines.....More...

Kashmir’s Contribution to Indian Aesthetics-I
Dr. S.S. Toshkhani
It is really very exciting to think that this small paradisal Valley nestled in the Himalays has produced a succession of brilliant thinkers who have formulated most of the fundamental concepts of Sanskrit poetics and have given us a whole body of aesthetic thought profound in conception and impressive in volume and value. One cannot but be overwhelmed by the fact that almost all the major schools of Indian aesthetics were founded by Kashmiri theoriticians -the Alankara School by Bhamaha, Riti School by Vamana, Vakrokti School by Kuntaka, Dhvani School by Anandavardhana and Auchitya School by Kshemendra....More...

Flawed Secularist Argument (Part II)
NC and the Pandit minority in 1947

Dr. Ajay Chrangoo
How does the credit of ‘saving’ the Hindu minority of Kashmir go either to Sheikh Abdullah or the NC? Was not the Sheikh’s position more precarious than that of the Hindus of the Valley? Were the hundreds of thousands of Hindus and Sikhs in the now Pakistan occupied part of the state saved by Sheikh’s activists in those areas? No, they were massacred in their own places most brutally. Did not the locals join the bands of the tribals when Baramulla fell and these marauders spread out in the rural areas singling out the Hindu and Sikh houses and families and subjecting them to loot, rape and killing? It is true that top NC leadership did not promote direct violence against Pandits....More...


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