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Give Kashmir a ceasefire
26.05.17 - H K Dua*

Remember how Vajpayee government touched hearts with a similar move 
 
Several prominent citizens from different walks of life have called for a declaration of ceasefire in Kashmir during the month of Ramzan, beginning on Friday. Their appeal needs to be immediately heeded, both by the Centre and the state government.

Those who have appealed for a ceasefire include Yashwant Sinha of the NDA who recently led a citizens’ team to J&K to make a bid for the restoration of peace. The other eminent people include Air Marshal Kapil Kak (retd.), Wajahat Habibullah, Justice A.P. Shah, Salman Haider, J.F. Riberio, A.S. Dulat, Aruna Roy, Syeda Hameed, Zoya Hasan, Prem Shankar Jha and Bharat Bhushan.

The appeal has been addressed to the Centre and the PDP-BJP government in the state to take a lead in declaring that the security forces will resort to shooting only in extreme situations and in self-defence. "Let there be no ...
  


The Killings in Kashmir
12.07.16 - KAVITA KRISHNAN

An appeal to the conscience of every Indian citizen - to tune down the shrill media noise for a bit, take a step back from the easy, packaged 'discourse' being dished out, and ask try and ask ourselves some uncomfortable but necessary questions. 
 
I am being asked by various persons in the media to comment on my apparently 'controversial' and 'shocking' claim that Burhan Wani's killing was extra-judicial' and must be probed. Let me begin with a few remarks about this issue. 
For most Kashmiris, it may not matter all that much whether or not Burhan Wani was killed in a 'fake' encounter or a 'genuine' one. What matters is that the Indian State killed him - just as it has killed and is killing so many other Kashmiri youngsters. Their grief, their rage, does not depend on the authenticity or otherwise of the encounter. They have no expectations of due process ...
  


Communities and nations are formed by symbols.
25.02.16 - Amandeep Sandhu

I am sure the bhaktas and the BJP will maintain a long silence over this, but that is exactly why problems in Punjab fester and blow out of proportion: why was the Sikh regiment not part of the Republic Day parade?
 
The Punjab CM Badal, whose party SAD is based on panthic issues and seeks to represent Sikh causes has now written to the PM calling it 'sad and regrettable'. The Congress has jumped into the fray calling it a 'grave omission'. The Sikhs are upset and as happens with issues related to Sikhs the grievance is pouring in from UK and the Diaspora. The reason alleged is that the French premier was the chief guest and Sikhs in France have been contesting French laws which disallow turbans in schools. India did not want to displease the French.
 
The BJP is in partnership with the SAD in Punjab and their marriage is ...
  



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