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l September 2004 l

Kashmir Telegraph Wishes its readers Happy Independence Day

l Vol 4, No 5 l

S P O T L I G H T

E D I T O R I A L 

"Oiling" the Indo-Pak Peace Process

Siddharth Srivastava


The just concluded first round of the composite dialogue process between India and Pakistan witnessed a war of words stretched to the limits of inimical diplomatic exchange. The foreign ministers of India Natwar Singh and Pakistan Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri said everything that one hoped would not be said, in a public platform. Both the sides highlighted the two issues that the other does  .......More >>>>

Musharraf's Hard line

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


One can see several reasons why Musharraf has started talking tough on Kashmir. And his audience is as important as the message. He has been talking to officers and ranks of an army unit in Quetta. The Pakistan President has been watching with a certain degree of unease when his foreign secretary talked to his Indian opposite number in tones of peace and the need for addressing other issues to .......More >>>>

C O M M E N T

F E A T U R E

Kashmir and the Burden of Freedom

Aakar Patel


Secular Muslims have lost control of the struggle for independence in Kashmir, bringing the talks between India and Pakistan to a dead end. In a parallel development, the freedom fighters waging war against India in the name of Kashmiri identity and self-determination have been eclipsed by religious warriors who have vetoed the option of   ........ More >>>>

Gandhi's grandson and Gaza

Gary Fitleberg


Here is a new one. Imagine Arafat, “Chairman of Terror” and mastermind of murder and mayhem giving up his evil ways by renouncing his campaign of ethnic genocide cleansing, hatred, incitement, terrorism and violence. Imagine Arafat sitting down in a peaceful unarmed struggle. Maybe he’ll even show us he can go on a hunger strike rather than   .......More >>>>

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E D I T O R ' S   C H O I C E

J&K: Status of "Northern Areas"

Afzal A Shigri


Northern Areas comprises of five districts namely Gilgit, Ghizer, Diamer, Skardu and Ghanche. These were independent valleys ruled by the local Rajas or Mirs. During the nineteenth century, these areas were subjugated by the Dogra rulers of Kashmir and were integrated in the State of Jummu and Kashmir. In 1947 when the Indo-Pakistan  .....More >>>>

Of Technology and Terrorism
Siddharth Srivastava


It is a relentless and often losing war that Indian security agencies wage against the rapid advance in technology that allow people and by extension terrorists and militant ideologues to communicate, whether over the Internet or the cellular phone. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) which is responsible for internal security is the nodal ......More >>>>

 A N A L Y S I S

S T A T E C R A F T

Making the Indo-Pak Peace Work
Siddharth Srivastava


India’s Army chief N C Vij has said earlier this week that the level of cross-border infiltration from Pakistan to India has doubled when compared to the figures last year. While there had been some decline in infiltration levels till May this year after the Nov 23, 2003 cease fire between the two countries, these have increased in June and July with the current figure .......More >>>>

Global War on Terror: A Loss of Direction
K P S Gill


As the third year since the catastrophic attacks of September 11, 2001, in USA approaches completion, with much of the world sliding, once again, slowly but steadily into a torpor of denial, terrorism has once again issued multiple reminders over the past weeks that liberal democracies everywhere are under siege. The worst of shocks were reserved for .....More >>>>

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L A S T  W O R D

J&K: The Bus to Peace remains Stalled
Praveen Swami


The bus to peace in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) may be headed to that alternate destination its passengers know so well: a place called 'impasse'. Last month, Pakistan helped restore Islamist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to the centre-stage in J&K politics, giving both Islamabad and the jihadi groups it backs a voice in Srinagar. Now, Islamabad seems to be considering what message it wishes to deliver  .......More >>>>

Olympic Truce and Torch of Peace
Gary Fitleberg


Arafat has proclaimed an "Olympic Truce" and "Torch of Peace" in the spirit of international harmony and peace during the summer games which was held August 13th through August 29th under the protective eye of Israel's security team. In yet another international publicity ploy and stunt, Yasser Arafat out of the goodness and kindness of his heart has offered an “Olympic” truce in the .......More >>>>



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