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COVER STORY Cong - Sorry Secularism



BY: RAMNEEK SINGH MANHAS
For decades together, Congress has been getting votes and ruling the country in the name of secularism, socialism and democracy. But the myth about the sacred slogans is gradually fading away. That Congress has encouraged capitalism and created new capitalists in place of older ones is no more a secret now. Also how family rules violating the spirit of democracy have been foisted in the country and its various states by Congress has become an open secret, too. And now has come the time for the hollowness of this century old party’s slogan of secularism to get exposed.
In Jammu and Kashmir the ratio of population is 60:40 between Muslims and Hindus. Whereas Kashmir valley has negligible number of Hindus left there after eruption of militancy, the Jammu region having predominantly Hindu population had so far provided a strong bastion for Congress. Even in the recently concluded Assembly polls when religious sentiments on the issue of Amarnath land row had overtaken the traditional secular ethos, Congress bagged 12 valuable seats from this region as against 3 in the Kashmir Valley. In light of this fact there was a dire need of encouraging the secular tradition of people of Jammu which could easily be done by allotting at least one out of four Rajya Sabha seats to a Hindu candidate by Congress that claims to be the torch bearer of secularism. But it was not done thus leaving the space open for BJP to grow its influence here which in itself amounts to encouraging communal forces in an indirect manner. More

CURRENT AFFAIRS
BY MAULANA WARIS MAZHARI

Countering Pakistani terrorists’ anti-India propaganda
Tragically, the concept of jihad has been subjected to considerable abuse and made to serve extremist ends by self-styled jihadists. This started in the very first century of Islam itself, when intra-Muslim wars were sought to be christened by competing groups as jihads. More


State
BY LUV PURI

Abdullah Anew
After more than two decades, the National Conference and Congress have come together to govern Jammu & Kashmir. Will the alliance deliver? “The party needs a young and energetic person at the helm of affairs. It’s time for me to rest. Omar will be the next National Conference president,”longtime National More

Analysis
BY DR. JAVAID RAHI

Politics of Gujjar Vote Bank
Gujjars want that their aspirations of recognizing their ethno-lingual and tribal identity with regard to their welfare viz a viz other communities should be because Gujjars though the front runners in each and every struggle have been lagging behind due to the Luke warm approach of major political parties of the State. More

Focus
BY DR. KAVITA SURI

Yoga: Army’s new Mantra in Kashmir
Five minutes of pranayama, i.e. deep breathing, alternate nostril breathing and abdominal breathing; and five minutes of meditation is working wonders for the troops posted on the world’s highest battlefield. More

State Affairs
BY BALRAJ PURI

Ladakh Most Neglected Region
Kashmir valley had always attracted national and international attention, for obvious reasons and Jammu also managed to be in the media highlights during two month agitation on Amarnath Land row. But the third region of the state namely Ladakh and its problems are still not known and discussed even—outside the region within the state. More





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