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Shimla Agreement and Kashmir

Shimla Agreement and Kashmir

Z.G. MUHAMMAD On 2nd July 1972, Bhutto announced that his delegation would be departing following morning. ‘Surprisingly, during Bhutto’s farewell call on Mrs. Gandhi a breakthrough was made following some deletions and amendments to the final draft.’ Of the amendments made, the most relevant to J&K were inclusion of word “no prejudice clause’ in paragraph 4 (ii) and it read, “ In Jammu and Kashmir, the line of control resulting from the ceasefire of December 17, … Read entire article »

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Saga of Kashmir Failures- Is Hurriyat Conference Dying?

Saga of Kashmir Failures- Is Hurriyat Conference Dying?

  It has been an enigmatic story that of birth with a bang and death with a whimper.  In our state political organizations wither away much before they realize their political objectives but irrespective of their melting down political sentiments that these organizations articulate survive… The melting starts as and when   the political organizations   fail to synchronize their political stand with that of the popular political sentiment. My belief is grounded in the seventy-one year political history … Read entire article »

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My Nostalgia Story of A Generation

  I am a witness- witness to an era. So is the whole crop of my generation and the generation after. Born and brought up in a city, should I say of defiance or desolation; I have been the witness- in the words of a poet ‘ to the threshing of the grain’. Something eerie was there in the zephyr- yes the morning breeze that blew across our city; it sang different cradlesongs for us. Songs, which for over three centuries have mixed with chilly wintry winds and soothing summer breezes. That taught ‘us no love for the authority but for the defiant’ and abiding love for the ‘commoners’- the devout. I do not remember in my childhood having ever seen a minister walking through our streets or visiting our school- top … Read entire article »

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Iqbal and Leaders

Iqbal and Leaders

Sometimes, I think that if Kashmir has not become a passion to the point of obsession with me. Whenever, I read a new book, history or fiction, I start looking for parallels in it to the contemporary Kashmir situation. Latest in the row has been ‘Iqbal in Politics’ by Hafeez Malik a professor in political science at Villanova University, USA. Comprising twelve chapters and spreading over 316 pages the book  has been published by Sang-e-Meel … Read entire article »

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Three Books on Kashmir

Three Books on Kashmir

Kashmir tumbled into the basket of international disputes on January 1, 1948. It was none other than the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru who decided to put it in the UN basket. Ever since that day it has been hot subject for journalists, scholars, and historians. Hardly a year passes when about a dozen of new titles are not added to the already bulging bibliography of the Kashmir dispute. It is, in fact, … Read entire article »

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Learning Kashmir History in an Open University

It was the other day, when heavy rainfall had turned the sluggish Jhelum into a raging torrent; I was one amongst a hundred and odd people who had waded their way to sparkling white hall of a local hotel. The occasion was release of a book on chief minister, Omar Abdullah by a young journalist Arjmand Hussein Talib. Sitting in the hall, waiting for the VIP to unwrap the book on a scion of Abdullah family, I was reminded of learning my first lessons on Kashmir politics. I don’t think, in my school days I have read any book on Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah. There was no book on him in our school library. There was no book on the shelves of bookseller in our mohalla. I remember there was a book … Read entire article »

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Summing up SRINAGAR (Book Review)

Summing up SRINAGAR (Book Review)

ZGM’s Nostalgia shapes into a book bringing alive the stories from the city that once was Kashmir in recent years has witnessed a surge of books. Most of the books tell us the grim stories of the two decades. Most of these books have a single theme this one, but this book – Srinagar My City My Dreamland – is a compendium of articles written in Nostalgia column of Greater Kashmir over last few years, touching … Read entire article »

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