It was a shock and surprise for the entire nation when on 9th February morning news channels flashed that Afzal Guru; one of the accused in the Parliament attack case was hanged in Tihar jail and last rites was performed in jail. The Home Minster addressed the press without giving much details, except for timing of hanging, some brief about the rejection of mercy plea by the President, etc.
Kashmir has still not forgiven New Delhi for what it did on August 9, 1953. AG Noorani writes in The Frontline.
To be a Kashmiri and a Hindu can be a painful experience these days. To which side of the divide do we belong? The answer is taken for granted and in this fight between ‘us’ and ‘them’, between Hindu and Muslim, I am supposed to articulate the agony of exile, the religious persecution of ‘us’, minorities, and fight for my homeland from which we have been thrown out through ‘violent’ means - says Pradeep Magazine
The arrest of Sheikh Abdullah in August 1953 left a scar on the Kashmiri psyche that refuses to heal.
Two books that illuminate Kashmir’s past and offer insights into how the problem can be resolved.
Alienation and communal fissures make Kashmir a tinderbox that can explode with a spark.
Courtesy: Economic and Political Weekly
Image: Courtesy Frontline
Why have so many people become willing to sacrifice their lives just because pilgrims might be temporarily housed in land on an extent of four cricket stadia?
Courtesy: The Hindu