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LOC Violations: Don’t Kill Us For A Sport

LOC Violations: Don’t Kill Us For A Sport

  Punchline Don’t Kill Us  For A  Sport Z. G. Muhammad   Who named the line dividing Jammu and Kashmir for past seventy years as the bloody line?  Google, which responses to commands on smartphones like genies in old films also could not help me in finding an answer. Nonetheless, it is the most appropriate title given to this artificial line dividing not just the territory but the people of the state- dividing a brother from a brother, a … Read entire article »

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Chidambaram Had Talked Sense To India’s Cabinet Committee On Security

Chidambaram Had Talked Sense To  India’s Cabinet Committee On Security

  PUNCHLINE Congress in Atonement Mood in Kashmir BY Z. G. Muhammad    Of late, the Congress leadership nearly out of the political wilderness has shot into prominence in Jammu and Kashmir. Notwithstanding, having ruled the state through proxies, governors, directly or in coalition for over sixty-six years, the party never got such an attention in the state as it has been getting in the recently for some of its leaders recognizing the historical realities about the Kashmir … Read entire article »

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Is Musharraf’s Four Point Formula A Way Forward?

Is Musharraf’s Four Point Formula A Way Forward?

Four-Point Formula Hangover Some diplomats and journalists are still reeling under it  Z.G. Muhammad     In August 1998, General Pervez Musharraf resigned as President of Pakistan. Nine years after, some of the former diplomats and journalists of Pakistan continue to suffer from the hangover of his four-point formula on Kashmir. In their estimation, this half-baked formula that for all purposes surrenders the right to self-determination pledged to people of the state by India and guaranteed by the United Nations … Read entire article »

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Mythology is not History- It cannot pass as history.

Mythology is not History- It cannot pass as history.

PUNCHLINE Mythology is not History And history is not mythology in essence By Z.G. Muhammad I am a simpleton. Little did I know that I had ruffled feathers and made earlobes turn pink till a grocer in Maharaja Bazar told me about it? I had not imagined in wildest of my dreams that my innocuous statement of facts that ‘pluralistic and tolerant society was born with the advent of Islam in Kashmir and till then it was a … Read entire article »

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Mountbatten didn’t promise Kashmir to Sardar Patel

Mountbatten didn’t promise Kashmir to Sardar Patel

    PUNCHLINE Apple Outside  Basket By Z.G. Muhammad   Z   Lord Mountbatten, before sailing across Indian Ocean lock, stock and barrel did yeoman’s service to India- a great favor,  which most towering Indian National Congress leaders could not have done. He had an option to leave India ‘with a fatal fragmentation into scores of states to be headed by ‘flocks of glided peacocks, the Maharajas and Nawabs.’  In theory, the British cabinet had also agreed that these rulers ‘who … Read entire article »

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Indian Prime Ministers: Hurriyat Is Credible Party?

Indian Prime Ministers: Hurriyat Is Credible Party?

New Delhi and the Hurriyat The relationship has got more complicated than ever Z. G. Muhammad   New Delhi’s present attitude towards the Hurriyat, particularly after 2016 has been unjust. (In this column, the Hurriyat clubs all the resistance organisation that in 1993 where its constituents). In 24 years history of relations between the Hurriyat and New Delhi, it has not always been so. The two have had a love hate relationships. Let me use a more appropriate phrase; … Read entire article »

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Farooq Abdullah’s One-Time Truth – New Delhi Should Heed To It

Farooq Abdullah’s One-Time Truth  – New Delhi Should Heed To It

    Punchline Farooq Abdullah’s One-Time Truth  By Z.G. Muhammad   For his failure to identify with the popular sentiment- the sentiment of the overwhelming majority, like many others in the “power politics” of Jammu and Kashmir there is more than one reason to distrust Farooq Abdullah’s words. Nevertheless, wisdom lies in giving credit to what is good in any action of a disagreeable or disliked person. Known for making outlandish and weird statements, senior scion of the Abdullah family on … Read entire article »

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