|Modi's ABC approach to Kashmir|
|The decline in quality strategies on peace building in Kashmir with scores of dysfunctional deviations and paradoxes have bemused the masses, who feel lost in the whole conflict and conflict resolution game and hardly feel inspired by economic packages. Kashmir as of now gives an open platform to refining the existing theories of terror, security actions, positive interventions like giving boost to educational infrastructure, tackling insurgency and conflict within, but that needs a strong political will, other than such economic packages.
Prime Minister's November 7 visit to Kashmir has indeed become historic as the package of 80,000 crore rupees for the state of Jammu and Kashmir can definitely shape up the ABC Kashmir by which I mean Advanced, Beautiful and Connected ...|
|Role of Women's Commission in J&K|
|The J&K State Commission for Women has been established to protect women's rights and advance the cause of women in the State. Although the members of the Commission are appointed by the State Government, the Commission itself is independent and functions in a quasi-judicial capacity, having the powers of a civil court in matters relating to evidence. The purpose of having a women's rights commission is to create an independent watchdog and guardian for women, especially in a backward state such as Jammu and Kashmir, where a large number of women may be unaware of their rights and unable to protect them using the usual enforcement mechanisms.
The functions of the Commission are set out in section 10 of the Women's commission Act of 1999. They include to investigate and examining all matt...|
|From Pol Pot to ISIS: The blood never dried|
|ISIS is the progeny of those in Washington, London and Paris who, in conspiring to destroy Iraq, Syria and Libya, committed an epic crime against humanity. Like Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, ISIS are the mutations of a western state terror by a venal imperial elite undeterred by the consequences of actions taken at great remove in distance and culture. Their culpability is unmentionable in "our" societies, making accomplices of those who suppress this critical truth.
In transmitting President Richard Nixon's orders for a "massive" bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, "Anything that flies on everything that moves". As Barack Obama wages his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and Francois Hollande promises a "merciless" ...|
|Ugly resurgence of the Sikh radicals|
|Can Punjab come back from the brink?|
|Can the resurgence of Sikh radicals who exploited the emotional upheaval among the Sikhs over the incidents of defiling of Guru Granth Sahib create the 1980s-like situation when Punjab was virtually taken over by the ISI-backed militants? Two, has the chain of recent events given impetus to the already escalating anti-incumbency against the Badals-led state's Akali-BJP government? While answer of the first question is 'NO', that of the second is 'YES'.
Before dealing with the factors for reaching the conclusion, it is necessary to discuss the role of the forces responsible for creating the worrying situation in Punjab.
The sequence of events of the past few weeks shows that the Akali leadership's "religion and politics are inseparable" policy is primarily responsible for creating the...|
|Mehbooba's time has Come?|
|'Son-rise' as an idiom, now, stands indelibly settled in our political lexicon. Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Akhilesh Yadav, Badals of Punjab and now Tej Pratap and Tejesvi from Bihar have lent respectability to the word and made it fashionable to walk on the political ramp as an heir -apparent. Now, we are witnessing 'Beti- Rise' phenomenon, though Indira Gandhi had shown the way long back. Mehbooba's most likely rise to the highest seat of power, in the state, will put life in the word and remove gender anomaly; besides it will connect the thread from where the demise of Indira Gandhi had left it and give fillip to PM Narendra Modi's much cherished "Beti Bachao - Beti Padhao" campaign.
After the results of 2002 elections, people in the state had started...|
|Can U.P follow Bihar model in 2017 poll|
|Within a week of BJP's rout in Bihar, the appetite to defeat the saffron party in other States of India has grown. U.P., which goes to the polls in early 2017 or in a little more than a year from now, the call to defeat Mr. Narendra Modi now has a ring of confidence.
Mr. Modi's claim to fame was that he built up Gujarat from a scratch, from a backward State to a forward looking one. Drums rolled to that beat. He invested his authority on that mantra. His party might have won in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, but with little fanfare.
But much more than in those three States, he threw himself body and soul into the Delhi and Bihar election campaigns. He was the principal opponent of the local satraps in these elections. His efforts yielded almost nothing. It was as good as dud.
|Politicians…do rest, please!|
"Has our world ever before progressed at the speed it does now?"
"I don't think. You see, some years ago it was said that the world progressed much more in the last 50 years than in the previous 500."
"Uncle, - who primarily have been the fundamental factor and force behind the present so fast and steady progress?"
"O yes - scientists! They have been the primary momentum for all motions forward. They may soon have us living in heavenly bodies!"
"The world now every moment is at the brink of an all-finishing war…like never before! God forbid, not even a page of history may be left for post-war posterity if any comes! Say, whose doings?"
"O, Lords Sachem, i.e. politicians!"
"Almost all! Dear, most politicians are...|
|A doomsday machine, or the next best thing|
|"Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost if you keep it a secret," said Dr Strangelove to the Soviet ambassador in Stanley Kubrick's classic film of the same name. Fifty years later, it would appear that the Russians have finally watched the movie.
In Kubrick's film, a rogue American air force commander orders a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union - but he doesn't know that the Russians have built a Doomsday Machine that will automatically explode and spread lethal radioactive contamination all over the world if American nuclear weapons land on the USSR. So everybody dies.
Moscow doesn't want the United States to make the same mistake in real life, so it has just let us know that it is building a mini-doomsday machine. It wouldn't destroy the whole world, just a half a c...|
|VED BHASIN in conversation with KATHY ARLYN SOKOL - II|
|'Kashmir problem is not a territorial problem, it is a people's problem'|
|In 1954 when I was supporting Abdullah and criticizing his arrest, the state government banned my newspaper. I started another newspaper in Delhi but copies were confiscated before going to J&K. So, I started filing from Srinagar and in 1955 I started the Kashmir Times in Jammu under another's sponsorship.
I was then forced to join the paper owned by Prime Minister Bakshi, the Kashmir Post, which I edited for five years, although thrice I resigned.
Over these last decades we have been in constant conflict. Let us freeze the issue for the next 20 years and let J&K enjoy maximum autonomy on both sides of the Line of Control. There should be elections on both sides under international supervision, and to give a semblance of unity, we should have a common counsel of both assemblies and ...|
|VED BHASIN in conversation with KATHY ARLYN SOKOL - I|
|‘Countering communal tensions in Kashmir in 1947 a golden chapter’|
|When partition took place, Sheikh Abdullah was in jail. Communal riots took place in Jammu,
engineered by the government, the RSS and refugees from West Punjab. And to the credit of the National Conference those communal tensions were repelled. With Abdullah in jail, his wife came out on the streets to beseech tolerance. It was a golden chapter in Kashmir.
If you refer to the 1943 National Conference Manifesto, which is called New Kashmir, it states in the preamble that the people of J&K, Ladakh and the frontier areas wanted a constitutional monarchy. It was only in 1946 when the Maharaja denied basic demands, that they wanted his ouster. The Maharaja began patronising one group and then another in order to divide the people along communal lines in order to stay in power.
|Those who live for a cause never die|
|My senior friend and guide Ved Bhasin is no more. It may be hard to believe that today he is not with us but this is a stark reality that henceforth he will not be there to help and guide us as he used to do in times of personal or collective distress or in times of great political or communal flare-ups and challenging situations.
Today while writing about him, I have opened a number of doors in the memory lane of his association spread over a period of nearly four decades. Ever since I joined the department of Urdu as lecturer under the stewardship of Prof. Gianchand Jain, Ved Bhasin was deeply associated with its academic and non-academic activities. He wanted to see the department of Urdu progressing with leaps and bounds. So much so that when due to paucity of students the Jammu Uni...|
|Paris attack: Why India should be worried|
|No terrorist outfit has been successful in making a significant presence in India. In such a historic backdrop, there is no doubt about the Islamic State failing to make any dent, however India cannot afford to ignore the dark clouds existing over the secular fabric of the nation, especially in the aftermath of the terror attack in Paris. There is no doubt that the past few months have seen a change in the political climate in the country. There is growing skepticism about the growing 'atmosphere of intolerance' in the country.
The terror attack on Paris on 13/ 11 is no doubt one of the brutal attacks on humanity in the recent times. This is the second attack of such kinds on the Paris soil in a span of 10 months, a place which boasts of 'multiculturalism and free movement of pe...|
|The importance of "Telling our own stories"|
|Dressed in black, the girls' performance is striking as they effortlessly convey how even though women are all the same, they are still unique in their own right. (Credit: Kamayani Bali-Mahabal\WFS)
Even though it's been nine years since the feminist play, 'Reclaiming the P... Word', was first staged at the University of Western Cape in South Africa, enacted by young university students, its message as well as effect has remained constant till date.
As the curtains go up and the bright lights dramatically illuminate the room, all the audience can see is a bare stage with three chairs. A stark setting indeed and, yet, it's the perfect backdrop for a performance that combines music, dance, laughter and heart-rending stories - of feminine courage and spirited action in the face o...|
|Husband, the Mummy’s boy|
|On our first wedding anniversary my mother presented us with a TV. She said 'the TV is for the husband, the remote control for the wife.'
Your parent in-laws (PILs), sister in-laws (SILs), brother in-laws (BILs), etc. all have the freest possible entry into your house. Your wife receives them with open arms, buys expensive gifts and extends all such courtesies as maybe possible. A variety of dishes and eatables are always there to be served. The family secrets being confided in them, the choice for adjudicators and conciliators for family problems, if any, would naturally fall in to the selected lot. These fellows would invariably be the favourites for family picnics, pleasure trips, and tours and so on. It's the children of this premium lot that are buddy-buddy an...|