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Give Kashmir a ceasefire
26.05.17 - H K Dua*

Remember how Vajpayee government touched hearts with a similar move 
 
Several prominent citizens from different walks of life have called for a declaration of ceasefire in Kashmir during the month of Ramzan, beginning on Friday. Their appeal needs to be immediately heeded, both by the Centre and the state government.

Those who have appealed for a ceasefire include Yashwant Sinha of the NDA who recently led a citizens’ team to J&K to make a bid for the restoration of peace. The other eminent people include Air Marshal Kapil Kak (retd.), Wajahat Habibullah, Justice A.P. Shah, Salman Haider, J.F. Riberio, A.S. Dulat, Aruna Roy, Syeda Hameed, Zoya Hasan, Prem Shankar Jha and Bharat Bhushan.

The appeal has been addressed to the Centre and the PDP-BJP government in the state to take a lead in declaring that the security forces will resort to shooting only in extreme situations and in self-defence. "Let there be no ...
  


Is India losing Kashmir?
28.04.17 - Soutik Biswas*

As India's most restive region stares down the abyss of what a commentator calls another "hot summer of violence", the doom-laden headline has returned with a vengeance: Is India losing Kashmir?

Last summer was one of the bloodiest in the Muslim-dominated valley in recent years. Following the killing of influential militant Burhan Wani by Indian forces last July, more than 100 civilians lost their lives in clashes during a four-month-long security lockdown in the valley.

It's not looking very promising this summer.

This month's parliamentary election in Srinagar was scarred by violence and a record-low turnout of voters. To add fuel to the fire, graphic social videos surfaced claiming to show abuses by security forces and young people who oppose Indian rule. A full-blown protest by students has now erupted on the streets; and, in a rare sight, even schoolgirls are throwing stones and hitting police vehicles.
 

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who leads an ...
  


The Killings in Kashmir
12.07.16 - KAVITA KRISHNAN

An appeal to the conscience of every Indian citizen - to tune down the shrill media noise for a bit, take a step back from the easy, packaged 'discourse' being dished out, and ask try and ask ourselves some uncomfortable but necessary questions. 
 
I am being asked by various persons in the media to comment on my apparently 'controversial' and 'shocking' claim that Burhan Wani's killing was extra-judicial' and must be probed. Let me begin with a few remarks about this issue. 
For most Kashmiris, it may not matter all that much whether or not Burhan Wani was killed in a 'fake' encounter or a 'genuine' one. What matters is that the Indian State killed him - just as it has killed and is killing so many other Kashmiri youngsters. Their grief, their rage, does not depend on the authenticity or otherwise of the encounter. They have no expectations of due process ...
  



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