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Myths about Kashmir – The current problem in Kashmir started in 1987

Myths about Kashmir

This is the first in a series of articles on Kashmir. This series was motivated by the current spike in turmoil in the valley and the highly evocative video images that have shaped public imagination about it in recent days.

Myth 1: The current problem in Kashmir started in 1987

A statement bandied about by several writers is that the starting point of the disaffection of people in Kashmir towards Bharat was the election of 1987. This election is supposed to have been rigged by the Congress-National Conference, and led to people becoming disillusioned with Bharat, and its central government.

However, the above assertion is absolutely and provably false.

The first time all of Bharat witnessed the strong anti-Bharat and pro-Pakistan sentiment in the Kashmir valley was much earlier—in 1983. 

In that year, the Bharatiya cricket team had just won the world cup, in arguably the greatest upset in cricket history till then. They had beaten the seemingly invincible West Indies at Lord’s in the world cup finals.  Following this victory, they were hosting the runners up the West Indies at home for 5 ODIs and 6 test matches. The first ODI was to be held at Srinagar – the first international match there. To the great surprise of both the Bharatiya and the West Indian players, the crowd constantly jeered Bharat and cheered the West Indies. Not only that, pro-Pakistan slogans were raised, which was all the more telling given that Bharat was not playing Pakistan.


Why Blame Pakistan as it is Bent Upon Bleeding India Until India Gives a Befitting Reply

Why Blame Pakistan as it is Bent Upon

Why blame Pakistan for acts of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir as it is always on denial and is bent upon bleeding India until the Kashmir problem is resolved or till India gives a befitting reply through fierce retaliation. Surgical strike is not enough but it has to be isolated economically, militarily and diplomatically at the international level.

The Indian patrol of about 10 soldiers could not defend themselves because they were not equipped with the latest sophisticated weapons and equipment.

In an unprovoked action, Pakistan carried out an attack by the Border Action Team (BAT)along the Line of Control (LoC) under the cover of heavy mortar shelling on two forward posts in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district on May 1.Government said that the Indian Army has been now given free hand in responding to what is termed as ‘cowardly and barbaric act’ when a Pakistani BAT sneaked 200 meters into Indian territory under cover of heavy shelling and mutilated two Indian soldiers’ bodies who were on patrolling duty.

Following the barbaric act, defence minister Arun Jaitley held that the sacrifice of the two soldiers would not go in vain and also assured that an “appropriate action” would be taken by the armed forces in response to the mutilation. “This is a reprehensible and an inhuman act by our neighbour. Such acts don’t take place even during war, let alone peace. Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbarism,” said Jaitley.


JNU Manufactures Outrage Over Madhu Kishwar’s Appointment To Academic Council; So What’s New?

JNU Manufactures Outrage Over Madhu

The Left cabal at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is fighting tooth-and-nail to keep the university as the exclusive preserve of its ideological cohort. And many newspapers and online publications seem eager to believe that any change at the university must have the stamp of approval of this cabal.

Nothing illustrates this more than the ruckus created over the appointment of Madhu Kishwar to the Academic Council (AC) of the School of Art and Aesthetics (SAA) for a two-year tenure by Vice Chancellor (VC) M Jagadesh Kumar. The JNU caucus went apoplectic, as if some lumpen element or abhelpuriwala had been nominated to the council.

To make things worse, newspapers and online publications wrote slanted headlines, making it seem as if the protests against Kishwar – founder ofManushi,social activist, writer, and someone with a 35-year track record of academic output in diverse fields, including art, literature and much else – was an interloper.

“Madhu Kishwar named to JNU Council, row breaks out over her status as an expert”, claimed The Indian Express.“JNU faculty confused by pro-Modi scholar Madhu Kishwar’s appointment to academic council,” was Scroll.in’stendentious headline. One wonders what is there to be “confused” about Kishwar’s appointment; the insertion of “pro-Modi” in the headline, on the other hand, is a clear effort to confuse readers and prevent them from questioning the vested interests that oppose her. Anyone who has read her tweets in the recent past would know that Kishwar has often been a trenchant critic of the Modi government’s actions, though not one motivated by malice.


Ram Janmabhoomi Temple at Ayodhya is more about India’s honour than religious belief

Ram Janmabhoomi Temple

Ivividly remember that Sunday afternoon when I was loitering in our neighbourhood along with other children. We were school students then, and apart from cricket, the other topic of our passionate discussion was the ongoing agitation at Ayodhya. A few minutes into our discussion, we saw a hefty man running towards us. He was panting. Tears were rolling down his cheeks as he repeatedly yelled “Jai Shri Ram” (Hail Lord Ram). Before we could react, several others in our locality had joined in and roared back “Jai Shri Ram”. Within minutes almost everybody, including me and my friends, were chanting “Jai Shri Ram” in unison.

This day was December 6th 1992.

The Babri Structure at Ayodhya had been demolished and the news had spread like wild fire. Conch shells were blowing, sweets were distributed, diyas and candles were being lighted.

This was the scene and extent of celebrations at a small colony in Kanpur, an industrial city around 220 kilometres from Ayodhya–the birth town of Lord Ram. Remember this was 1992– a different era with no Facebook, Whatsapp or Twitter. Mobile phones were super luxury and 24×7 television news was nowhere. The only mode of communication were landline phones and word of mouth. Yet, news of the demolition of Babri Structure spread like wild fire and instigated hysterical celebrations all across India.


Intellectual terrorism of the Left: The case for Dr. Makarand Paranjape

Intellectual terrorism of the Left

The Controversy

In a recent incident which should be shocking for anyone caring about freedom of expression, Dr. Makarand Paranjape, the professor of English Literature at the JNU, and a famous author, was barred from recording a conversation with Harsha Dehejia at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, to which he was earlier invited.

The recording was cancelled because of the aggressive posturing of ‘Dalit activist’ Chinnaiah Jangam against Dr. Paranjape. Jangam is also a faculty member of the University. Laying baseless allegations against Dr. Paranjape, he accused him of “hate speech”. In a clear case of intellectual terrorism, he intimidated the studio administrator and the organizers of the event into submission and got the recording cancelled. 

Shocked by his vitriolic abuse against Dr. Paranjape and Indian civilization, he was asked by Dr. Dehejia to substantiate his allegations and counter the arguments of Dr. Paranjape. Chinnaiah Jangam responded to this offer with disgust, saying that he “didn’t care”, and that he “doesn’t want to talk to him”. He just wanted to smother the voice of Dr. Paranjape.

What is truly baffling is that the topic on which the conversation was to be recorded was: “Drishti: Is there an Indian way of Seeing?” It is a truly philosophical and cultural topic which should have no ideological opposition; no ‘activist crusaders’ foaming at the mouth.


How must Bharat deal with Kashmir and Pakistan now?

How must Bharat deal with

Kashmir on boil again, army camp attacked, stone throwing by girl students, jawans killed, youth killed in cross-firing, security forces humiliated are the headlines now days. We rarely hear of Jammu and Ladakh that constitute 84% of the State’s land area.

So why has the situation worsened in Kashmir during the last year?

Did you know that, “Nearly 5,000 protesters were booked under different sections for stone-throwing during the 2010 summer agitation while 1,325 persons, including 95 minors, were arrested during 2013 when Kashmir witnessed widespread protests following the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru”?

Were they convicted? The answer is NO. Why?

In July 2016, “the Jammu and Kashmir police initiated the process of withdrawing cases against 634 stone-throwers, out of the several thousand who have been charged with the crime during the past eight years, following the state’s government amnesty order.”

With this amnesty stone-throwers know the State government is on their side. Subsequent to the Supreme Court questioning the use of pellet guns in Kashmir and media outcry, it appears that the CRPF has either stopped or reduced their use.

Thus, stone throwers know that neither would F.I.R’s be filed nor do they run the risk of being injured by pellet guns.


Remove Article 370 to salvage Kashmir from Al Qaeda

Remove Article 370 to salvage

For some years now, the Kashmir Valley has been witnessing the most sleazy and abysmal form of jihad by way of ‘stone pelting’. The youth of Kashmir have been robbed off their ability and manliness to cut or chisel rocks for building of society and India. For this they must depend on the labour from outside the Valley. It is this labour which has created the recent Chenani-Nashri Tunnel linking Jammu with the Valley.

Weaned on Wahhabi or Salafi Islam, the life of youth in the Valley is self-destructive. Every stone that is hurled at the security personnel is also a hit on Kashmiriyat and ancestors of the stone-pelters. A segment of the population which treats its geography and history as its enemies, is certainly in the brink of destruction.

If conversion to another religion manifests in hatred for inherited ancestors and ethnicity, surely then security analysts must reflect on those streams of religion which cause ‘terrorism’ and lead to the phenomenon of self-destruction and suicide bombers. The stone-pelting facet of terrorism in the Valley has been the consequence of years of religious ferment. The whole country was aware of this ferment, the Kashmiri Hindus even suffered on that account, and yet we never had the intellectual courage to confront it. It is possible that probably the non-Muslims of India did not exercise their intellect on the study of various schools of Islam like Wahhabi, Salafi and Deobandi.