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Taseer: Iqbal’s Favorite and Jinnah’s Envoy To Kashmir

Taseer: Iqbal’s Favorite and Jinnah’s Envoy To Kashmir

  PUNCHLINE Taseer: Iqbal’s Favorite and Jinnah’s Envoy For Kashmir   By Z.G. Muhammad On entering into the auditorium of the S.P. Colleges, the first thing that greets the eyes is a photo gallery. These are no regular exhibits of college activities but of the principals that have headed this historic institution of the city and enriched the educational landscape of Kashmir. As someone has said it, photo galleries are windows to history; the pictures pegged on the wall … Read entire article »

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Elections In J&K Never Meant bijli, sadak, and Pani

Elections In J&K Never Meant  bijli, sadak, and Pani

PUNCHLINE 2017 Elections Demolished Dominant  Narrative   By Z.G. Muhammad   Some sentences, ostensibly inconsequential make much bigger statements that even the author does not intend.  Former Indian External Affair Minister in the NDA government, Jaswant Singh (5 December 1998 – 1 July 2002) in his book, ‘A Call to Honour- in Service of Emergent India’   has written about September 2002 Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir, defeat of the ruling party and entry of new coalition in … Read entire article »

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Seeding Confusion in Kashmir Narrative and Rent A Writers

Seeding Confusion in Kashmir Narrative  and Rent A Writers

  Punchline Seeding Confusion In Kashmir Narrative By Z.G. Muhammad   Seeding confusion for subverting the resistance movements is an old trick.   It is a lethal weapon that the dominant forces have been using for altering the paradigms of the struggles for justice and fair play. For subverting the resistance movements, and dissuading the struggling people from their goals the dominant forces confound the public mind by imposing alternative discourses and conjuring dominant phraseology. For, fostering and fortifying the dominant discourse … Read entire article »

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When CM Chose To Bow for Realpolitik

When CM Chose To Bow for Realpolitik

    Nostalgia Of   Examinations Postponed   ZGM Those were the times; the state government had adopted deferment of examinations as the state policy.   In the seventies, when my friends and I joined campus the state had got a new chief minister Syed Mir Qasim  after the death of Ghulam Mohammad Sadiq in harness in December 1971. Those days it was on the grapevine, the Chief Minister, who had played havoc with the state autonomy in line with … Read entire article »

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When Political Collaborators Met Their Nemesis

When Political Collaborators Met Their Nemesis

    And Thugs Met Nemesis ZGM   In our childhood there were lots of political thugs in the city- perhaps villages also had their bit. For enjoying the patronage of a Caesar of hubris in power this lawless band of political hoodlums could be compared to the black hand of early twentieth century America, except they did not operate in secret but with the full knowledge of cops- including the super cop. This criminal syndicate indulging in cheating, extortion … Read entire article »

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Hollywood Film “Lost Command” And Kashmir

  PUNCHLINE “Lost Command” Lessons From Hollywood Movie Z. G. Muhammad   ‘The Colonisers or the Occupiers how so big military powers they may be cannot stand before the people’s might. They are bound to meet their Waterloo.’ That was the first lesson; I learnt as a teenager, not from the books on history but a Hollywood film. I was a   film buff. In the mid-sixties and seventies, there was a hardly a Hollywood film on the Second World War, Vietnam War and about struggling Africans that I might not have watched in cinemas and learnt a lesson that no tutor or leader was able to teach me.  Some of the films on the Vietnam War in the seventies like ‘Coming Home’ and ‘The Dear Hunter’ that broadly said that United States involvement in the Vietnam was … Read entire article »

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Pakistan Taking Kashmir To UN?

Pakistan Taking Kashmir To UN?

PUNCHLINE Back To Old Battleground By Z.G. Muhammad Sixty seven years after their birth, India and Pakistan, have failed to resolve their disputes. The relations between the two continue to be on a short fuse. Under the weight of their own inaction, the protracted composite dialogue and back channel confabulations started in 2003 for settling their disputes have once again come to cropper. During past fifteen months, notwithstanding, nudging from Washington and Beijing and the two countries agreeing to … Read entire article »

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