The 2008 polls can be a watershed to end the bloodshed – if the State and the Hurriyat heed the message,says an EPW editorial on the recent Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections.
Statement issued to the press by intellectuals on the 'land deal' in Kashmir.
Kashmir has still not forgiven New Delhi for what it did on August 9, 1953. AG Noorani writes in The Frontline.
The arrest of Sheikh Abdullah in August 1953 left a scar on the Kashmiri psyche that refuses to heal.
Nilotpal Basu, Rajya Sabha member of the CPI(M) writes on the crisis in Jammu & Kashmir. Article courtesy: indiainteracts.com/ cartoon courtesy The Hindu newspaper.
HEARING the prime minister report to the all-party meeting that he convened on the very grave and serious situation in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, it was clear that such an initiative should have been taken earlier. All the parties represented in the parliament were present at this meeting. The unanimous resolution adopted is being reproduced alongside.
A full circle seems to have been taken and India-Pakistan relations are getting perilously close to ground zero. It underscores that there is no alternative but to give primacy to the neighborhood in a country's foreign policy, and, secondly, to ensure that foreign policy is at any given time an extension of a country's national policy. What generates uneasiness, though, is that given the high volatility of the domestic political situation in both India and Pakistan, the likelihood is low that either side takes any creative initiatives at this juncture.
Sitaram Yechury writes on the crisis in Jammu & Kashmir over the allotment and withdrawal of land to the Amarnath Shrine board and how petty politics/ rumour mongering has endangered lives both in the valley and in the state. Article courtesy, The Hindustan Times. Cartoon, courtesy The Hindu newspaper.