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l June 2003 l

A Kashmir Bachao Andolan Publication

l Vol 2, No 2 l

S P O T L I G H T

E D I T O R I A L

The Chenab Plan: BJP's sell-out? 

Praveen Swami


On March 8, 2000, Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and a group of his top Cabinet colleagues held a secret meeting with Farooq Kathwari, a US-based secessionist leader. The closed-door meeting, held at the Secretariat at Jammu, appears to be just part of a larger US-sponsored covert dialogue on J&K. Indeed there is growing.......More >>>>

Conflicts and contradictions within APHC

What others say......


The removal of the prominent Jamaat-e-Islami leader, Mr Syed Ali Shah Geelani, from the executive of the All Party Hurriyat Conference, signals a significant shift in the politics of the umbrella separatist alliance. Mr Geelani is a well-known hard-liner who has continued to publicly justify militancy and the use of violence against India .......More >>>>

O P I N I O N

F E A T U R E

Dialogue on Kashmir and ‘Pakistan First’

Shabir Choudhry


It is claimed that Pakistan is a ‘Fort of Islam’; and that the country was established for Muslims, assuming that for Muslims of the world and not only Muslims of Punjab, Sind, Balochistan and Frontier. This myth was soon shattered when East Pakistan broke away to become Bangladesh; and those who fought for united Pakistan, and ......More >>>>

J & K: Operation Sarp Vinash

Praveen Swami


Most afternoons, there is plenty of work at the Foreigners' Graveyard in Surankote, digging graves for the bodies of terrorists killed in the mountains. The small green field behind the Surankote police station used to be the size of a suburban bungalow lawn. It now sprawls over an area of an outsize football field, and threatens to overrun adjoin .......More >>>>

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P E R I S C O P E

Rhetoric & reality in Jammu & Kashmir

Sumer Kaul


Top leaders of the BJP seem to be rejoicing over the J&K elections. Indeed, their broad smiles and euphuistic statements present a never-seen-before spectacle of a party celebrating not only the defeat of an ally but its own debacle. Those committed to echoing the Establishment line may say that the celebration underlines the BJP's.....More >>>>

Is Azad Kashmir disputed?

Ejaz Haider


The UN resolutions that speak of Kashmir (the entire region) as disputed and call for a plebiscite to determine its future have long been allowed to fall by the wayside by India. Having done that, it was only natural for New Delhi to emphasise that Kashmir’s accession was an irreversible and complete process and the region was not disputed ......More >>>>

 A N A L Y S I S

S T A T E C R A F T

It is, perhaps, back to square one!

M V Kamath


It is once again back to square one. The enthusiasm aroused about a possible rapprochement between India and Pakistan by Prime Minister Vajpayee's conciliatory speech in Srinagar has all but died down. In an interview given to the German paper Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeiting on 23 May the Prime Minister ruled out all possibilities.......More >>>>

India and Pakistan, misguided priorities

Swaraj Singh


Time has come for India and Pakistan to focus on the real problems of their people. It seems that so far they have been unable to sort out their priorities . The real problems of the subcontinent have been mostly ignored. Even a casual look at the subcontinent makes some problems apparent. These include overpopulation, congestion, .....More >>>>

P E R S P E C T I V E

L A S T   W O R D

Indian saga of crime, sex and politics

Syed Ali Mujtaba


It may sound strange, but it is normal to find crime, politics and sex going hand in hand in the Hindi heartland of India. A cocktail of one such combination came to light when a little known young poetess Madhumita Shukla was murdered in her apartment in Lucknow. Six months pregnant, Madhumitta was alleged to have relations with.......More >>>>

Marxism Should be Indianized  

Swaraj Singh


Marxism arose as a counter philosophy to the dominant capitalist philosophy in the West. The traditional capitalism was “cut and dry,” based on profit alone. There were no other considerations such as social, humanitarian, or cultural. So long profit is being generated, the system can keep running. But in practice, the economic system is .......More >>>>


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Jammu & Kashmir News - May 2003:  l Militants vow to oppose Pakistan ban  l  Peace process should be sincere: Sonia Gandhi  l  Mufti favours opening of transit point at Uri  l  Hizb ban has not stopped infiltration: Army  l  UJC throws weight behind Geelani  l  Give up rigid stand, Lone to Hurriyat  l  J&K groups, Al Qaeda have ties: US  l