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Treaty of Amritsar De-legitimized- All Actions Thereafter Invalid?

  PUNCHLINE Britain’s Injustice To Kashmir   By Z.G. Muhammad     In our history, there are lots of gaps and missing links. That, in fact, have left scope for conjectures and befuddled our narrative. For the nations in the struggle, a candid narrative is very important for achieving their goal. Nonetheless, it is history that provides sinews to the narrative of a nation. To quote a top British historian George Macaulay Trevelyan author of “History of England:   “If one could make alive again for other people some cobwebbed skein of old dead intrigues and breathe breath and character into dead names and stiff portraits. That is history!” There is a need for breathing a fresh breath in our narrative by resurrecting our history from the cobwebbed pages of our history. This, I realized while filliping through pages … Read entire article »

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Howard Schaffer’s Kashmir Connection

  PUNCHLINE Howard Schaffer’s Kashmir Connection By                                                                                                                         Z.G. Muhammad     Small obituary notes published inside newspapers sometimes tell a big story. On past Monday, a few Srinagar based newspapers carried a two-column story with dateline Washington headlined, ‘American diplomat Howard Schaffer passes away.’  The news about his death had been confirmed on Twitter by Richard Rossow, who is a senior fellow and holds the chair for Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies.   ‘Schaffer spent much of his 36-year career dealing with U.S. relations with South Asia. Most of the obituary notes read, ‘He had previously served as ambassador to Bangladesh, political counselor at American embassies in India and Pakistan. He was the author of biographies of two American diplomats who served as ambassadors to India at … Read entire article »

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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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