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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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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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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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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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With the GST Job done- Is change of guard in state on cards

With the GST Job done- Is change of guard in state on cards

Punchline The GST Job Done- and now contemplate a change of guard Z. G. Muhammad Seventy years is a long time for “governments” to master the art of creating proxies for foisting their will on dissenting population. In dealing with Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi has phenomenally mastered this art. It has used power as bait to see the state fully integrated into the Union of India in contravention to the temporary ‘Instrument of Accession, ” and conditions … Read entire article »

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Why Antonio Guterres Is Obliged to Resolve Kashmir Dispute

Why Antonio Guterres Is Obliged to Resolve Kashmir Dispute

PUNCHLINE Word with     António Guterres Statesmanship would be to give people a right to decide their future. Z. G. Muhammad       Kashmir problem is a loud crying forsaken baby of the United Nations Security Council left in a cradle of barbs.  For past sixty-nine years, it has been forcefully asking the august body to take it out of this painful situation. And whenever there is a change of guard in the world organization, people of Jammu and Kashmir … Read entire article »

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Exiled Kashmiris: Story of Pain and Agony

Exiled Kashmiris: Story of Pain and Agony

  PUNCHLINE Deaths in Exile By Z.G. Muhammad   In our agonized contemporary history there are many an untold ‘crippling stories of sorrow.’   Like many other struggling nations, we also have had our share of stories of exiles in 1819, 1846, 1947, 1965, and 1990 and after. Most of them will be never told.  Sadly, the stories of pain and suffering of those exiled so far have not been themes of our poetry or subjects for our writers. … Read entire article »

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