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Untold Story of 1965, How Kashmir Youth Had Taken To Militancy?

Untold Story of 1965, How Kashmir Youth Had Taken To Militancy?

    Punchline Story of 1965, Retold By Z. G. Muhammad Telling the whole Kashmir story after 1946 is not an easy task. For, multiple twists and turns in the narrative it will take a host of historians and astute political analysts- in fact, an institution to document the story. On 27 July 1946, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference unanimously adopted a resolution at Srinagar demanding a totally independent state which will have its own constitution and democratically … 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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How to Defeat “Hegemonic Discourse” Is The Question?

How to Defeat “Hegemonic Discourse” Is The Question?

  Punchline A Word with A Bibliophile By Z.G. Muhammad  On the teacher’s day, I had posted a picture of my school teachers on the Facebook.  The post caused a phone call from a school time classmate, a surgeon who has returned to his native land after serving Arabs for thirty years- thus obviously not fully conversant with a harsh and seamy side of the contemporary political situation at his birth place. Starting with reminiscences of school days, hailing … 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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US NEW AFGHAN POLICY AND KASHMIR?

US NEW AFGHAN POLICY AND KASHMIR?

    PUNCHLINE US Afghanistan and Kashmir  By Z.G. Muhammad   The burial of the Kashmir Dispute without its resolution on the basis of justice and fair play is impossible. The changing strategic partnership or global equations cannot write an epitaph on the seventy-year-old dispute that continues to be recognized as an international problem and threat to peace in the region. Even, Stephen Cohen, despite his negative approach toward Kashmir recognizes ‘Kashmir could trigger off military response either by … Read entire article »

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Moves For Abrogation of 35-A Should be the UNSC’s concern?

Moves For Abrogation of 35-A Should be the  UNSC’s concern?

Punchline Demography Is the Concern It is naïve to believe that the Article 370-A or Article 35-A is outside the resistance narrative BY Z.G.Muhammad     Should the abrogation of the Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution be the cause of concern for the resistance leadership ?  This debate was kick-started by an “electoral-politician” – who saw debating and agitating on the subject only as his prerogative and that of politicians in his tribe. Like many others genuinely … 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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