George Bush's latest endorsement of Pakistani government is outrageous at best.
This endorsement by US government of a rogue nation like Pakistan exposes the
double-standards set by US in fighting the global war on terror. President Bush
is setting a dangerous precedent by endorsing the tactics of Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf.....more...
Survival of the Luckiest
For the religious-minded who survived, the terror tsunami that stormed Southeast
and South Asia on December 26th is partial apocalypse. They are groping about
for answers as to why their dear ones and fellow humans along coastlines were
taken by water avalanches up to 30 feet high while they themselves were spared.
“Why are we living when so many have been washed away in littoral fury?” What is
the rationale of distinction in the rage of the ocean? Is there an unfulfilled
purpose for which some were kept alive? Perhaps to grieve and mourn the colossal
calamity and to help rebuild from the ruins....more...
2004: Qualified Gains against Terror
K. P. S. GILL
The sum of insurgent and terrorist violence
in South Asia - measured in terms of fatalities - remained roughly constant
across the years 2003 and 2004, though the secular decline that has been
witnessed over the past three years was nominally maintained. According to
available data, 6,584 persons lost their lives to terrorism and insurgency in
2004, as against 6,577 in 2003.....more...
The stage for escalated, and possibly extraordinary, violence has been set in
Balochistan. Addressing the media at Turbat in the province on December 16,
2004, President Pervez Musharraf declared that his Government would crush all
anti-Pakistan movements: "We are gathering information through intelligence and
other sources that who is doing what in the area and I warn them because when
the Government starts action against them, they will be crushed."....more...
Summertime? Reflections on the Peace Process in
Audiences schooled in Hindi film, if asked to watch current events in Jammu and
Kashmir (J&K), would have little doubt where the script was headed: the final
scenes of tearful reconciliation, followed by an orgy of ecstatic dancing, could
safely be predicted to be just a few minutes away.....more...
Seriousness of Hypocrisy
Prof. K. N. PANDITA
The oft-repeated cliché of
“return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits with dignity and honour” suits
all shades of political opinion. The credulous Pandits are gleeful that the
political class does care for their dignity and honour. Very often an odd man
here or there poses a cross question only to be shouted down and silenced
invariably by his own community members......more...
Secularism Zindabad!!! Secularism Zindabad!!!
Wonder, why this
sloganeering? Well, why not? We are after all the proud citizens of our great
country and we should once in a while remind ourselves that our country was
founded on the basic principles of secularism....more...
Has India Given Up Kashmir?
I am a displaced Kashmiri Pandit. I am in great
anguish. My agony is not only due to my inability to continue being part of the
dust of my roots but also because of sadly suspecting my beloved Kashmir may be
ultimately heading for dismemberment from this country. People might find my
fears cynical but I have seen the sharp erosion of Indian nationalism in Kashmir
like no body else can ever hope to see it....more...
The Blackest Incident in the History of the
Maulana Qureshi, who is also Secretary of the All India Muslim Personal Law
Board, is reported to have said that the demolition of the structure at Ayodhya
"is the blackest incident in the history of the country" and that "it will not
be forgotten till justice is done and the rule of law is established". In
response, A Surya Prakash in his article "Wounds on the Hindu Psyche" (Daily
Pioneer, December 6, 2004) has given incidents that are far more horrendous than
the demolition of Babri structure.....more...
Reduction in Troop Deployment in J&K
Prof. K. N. PANDITA
With the concurrence of the
Cabinet Committee for Security and the Union cabinet, the Prime Minister
announced that the number of troops deployed in J&K would be reduced. The reason
given is “steady improvement in the ground situation in the state”.....more...