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l May 2004 l

The Kashmir Bachao Andolan Publication

l Vol 4, No 1 l

S P O T L I G H T

E D I T O R I A L 

Tribal comedy show shows Pak chutzpah

Kaushik Kapisthalam


It now appears that Pakistan’s strongman Gen. Pervez Musharraf has perhaps based his anti-terror policy on the apocryphal quotation attributed to legendary showman P.T.Barnum - “There's a sucker born every minute.” The recent activities in the infamous “tribal areas” of Pakistan, near the border with Afghanistan, have clearly demonstrated that Gen. Musharraf would rather put out dog  .......More >>>>

Indian Polity: Interesting times ahead

What others say..........


In the end, the voter proved everyone wrong. The pollsters got it wrong. So did the media. Of course, neither the principal winners nor the losers had the foggiest of idea as to what the ballot box held in store for them. The losers were left shell-shocked by the verdict. And the winners, naturally, ecstatic they had won beyond their wildest expectations. However we do feel sorry for the statesman .......More >>>>

C O M M E N T

F E A T U R E

Kashmir security and separation fence

Gary Fitleberg


Israel is in the international spotlight regarding its need to build a security and separation fence while Kashmir’s fence receives barely a mention by the international community and media. In fact, the issue of Israel’s security fence against terrorism was brought before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to stand trial for  ......More >>>>

Pakistan: Politics of retreat

Kanchan Lakshman


Ever since President Musharraf announced a turn-around on his country's support to the Taliban and Al Qaeda on September 19, 2001, Pakistan has been treading a thin line between placating the domestic Islamist extremist constituency and maintaining the alliance with the United States. Since the volte face, Pakistan has arrested more than  .......More >>>>

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Saudi Terror: Reap what you sow!

Gary Fitleberg


For a long time Saudi Arabia, allegedly America’s ally, has supported extremist fanatical fundamentalism known as Wahabbism, a brand of Islam that perverts the true teachings of the Holy Koran and converts a religion of peace into a religion of war. Those members of the Saud royal family are now coming to discover that their .....More >>>>

Film review of "Sheen"
Mayank Shekhar


Sheen is set in the late ’80s/early ’90s when an indoctrinated breed of foreign-sponsored and domestically brainwashed jehadis unleashed violence for the first time in the Kashmir Valley. The first targets of the pogrom, touted as Kashmir’s freedom movement, were the resident Kashmiri ‘Pandits’ — Hindus — natural adversaries in a  ......More >>>>

 A N A L Y S I S

S T A T E C R A F T

After Daniel Pearl, Nick Berg
B Raman


The savage murder through beheading of Nick Berg, a 26-year-old American civilian, reportedly somewhere in Iraq last week by a group of five masked men bring to mind the cruel beheading under similar circumstances of Daniel Pearl, a journalist of the 'Wall Street Journal" in the beginning of 2002 by a group of Pakistani jihadi terrorists belonging .......More >>>>

Bangladesh: New base of terror?
Subhash Kapila


India has never ever viewed Bangladesh in an adversarial perspective. Not even when for reasons of domestic politics, a section of the Bangladesh polity has made anti-Indian stances as a plank to gain political mileage. India wishes for regional cooperation with Bangladesh especially in the economic field. More so, when Bangladesh’s economic  .....More >>>>

P E R S P E C T I V E

L A S T  W O R D

The Jammu-Udhampur rail link

Om Prakash 


Udhampur at a height of 861 meters above sea level in Jammu and Kashmir will soon be on the map of the Indian Railways. Bholu, its mascot, will register the Railways’ presence in this hilly district of the State. The 53 kilometre - long railway track between Jammu and Udhampur is now almost complete and just waiting for a train to pass by .......More >>>>

U.S airs Arab TV's critical views

Gary Fitleberg


Al Jazeera is seen as inciting viewers to violence in Iraq.  The U.S. is mad and is not going to take it any longer.The Bush administration is stepping up its campaign to counter what it considers incendiary coverage of Iraq. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was sent to Qatar, headquarters of Al Jazeera, to discuss the concern of the U.S .......More >>>>



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