COVER JAN 31ST 2009
Cong - NC Coalition
BY: RAMNEEK SINGH MANHAS
The recent poll results in Jammu and Kashmir have once again brought NC and Congress together and the number game suggests that the combination will provide a stable government. Stability of the government indeed is important, but not as important as the unity and integrity of the State particularly when it stands torn apart first in the aftermath of twenty years of communally motivated freedom struggle and then the violence and counter violence caused due to Amarnath land dispute.
Whereas Congress and National Conference are considered to be the organizations of moderates, PDP and BJP represent radical elements opposing each other’s political agenda. Though the moderates will try to maintain peace to keep the government stable, PDP and BJP will keep the ruling alliance on toes by raising controversial issues. And whereas BJP has already made it clear that it will leave no stone unturned to fight out the discriminatory policies against Jammu and Ladakh regions the PDP will exploit Kashmiri sentiments to strengthen its already increasing acceptability in the Valley and both the parties will flourish on each other’s reaction. BJP, Panthers Party and PDP needless to say are like pouches of gun powder which if kept together (in opposition) can catch fire at the slightest instigation and deepen the dangerous regional and religious divide in the sensitive border state. The need of the hour therefore was to keep them separated and the only way was to rope in either PDP or BJP for a coalition. More
BY DR SHABIR CHOUDHRY
There are more Indians in Britain than Pakistanis and Kashmiris put together. Whereas we have more people in prisons and in low level jobs; Indians have more people in ‘white collar’ jobs and places of power. More
BY AK KHANNA
The Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir is situated on the alternate route to Himachal Pradesh via Botote – Kishtwar-Paddar road, along the Chandrabagha or River Chenab utilized in the winter season to approach Chamba district. More
BY NIZAMI SALMAN
While the major and numerous Sufi shrines of Kashmir have preserved the historical tradition of celebrating the ‘urses, Hazratbal continues to play a crucial role by way of cementing the bonds of the devotees not only with it, but also with the Sufi shrines. More
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