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[19 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

19th January, 2015 By Hameem Jan
19th January, marked by few Kashmiri Pandits as a commemoration day of their exile from Kashmir. Really!! Exile? Pandits living in Jammu or India are not in Exile. ‘Exile’ literally means when a citizen is not allowed to return to their homeland. No one has stopped Pandits returning to their homes. There are number of measures put in place to actually facilitate their return by the state and New Delhi. Recent disclosure of security budget of 600 Cr for 1.5 …

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[1 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Dr Rita Pal;
Independent Medical Journalist. Former Psychiatrist and NHS Whistleblower
I have previously summarised human rights abuses in Kashmir in this post. Issues affecting Kashmir appear to have been missed from the international stage. Its people bravely struggle on alone, attempting to achieve some accountability. With one of the highest rates of post traumatic stress disorder in the world, the impact is obvious. Nevertheless, their plight is largely forgotten by India and west.
In April 2013, the UK’s Foreign Minister, William Hague, and the Hollywood actress and Special Envoy to the …

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[21 Feb 2011 | 7 Comments | ]

Pandits are people of highest caste (brahmins) among hindus who are experts in Vedas(religious sayings) along with the corresponding religious rhythms and melodies.Pandits originate from Kashmir.On the contrary Bandits are outlaws who defy the laws of the realm or run away after commiting a crime. I was drawn to write this after events which took place at AZADI seminar in New Delhi last october. It was an attack on a seminar held at an auditorium in Delhi where booker prize winner and human rights activist Arunadhati Roy and Kashmiri separatist …

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[10 Oct 2010 | One Comment | ]

In attempting to suffocate a separate Kashmiri identity, India reveals the cracks in its own idea of nationhood, argues Nitasha Kaul

Parts of present-day Kashmir are occupied by India, Pakistan, and China. When you try to locate the territory of Kashmir on a world map, you will find it partitioned into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK, called ‘Azaad Kashmir’ and ‘Northern Areas’, in Pakistan), India Occupied Kashmir (IOK, called ‘Jammu and Kashmir’ including ‘Ladakh’, in India), and areas such as Aksai Chin and Shaksam Valley under Chinese control (part of ‘Xinjiang autonomous region’ in China).

Yet, even as it is devoured by the big states that surround it, Kashmir cannot be understood through the simplistic framing of ‘India versus Pakistan’, ‘Hindu versus Muslim’, or ‘China allied with Pakistan versus India’. Instead, see Kashmir as a vital link in the Himalayan mountain chain; a historic part of the Silk Route, that is now a violent battleground. Why? Because people in none of these three regions identify themselves as primarily and ‘above all’ Pakistani, Indian, or Chinese. Neither should they be forced to.

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[20 Sep 2010 | 9 Comments | ]

Answer is Yes and NO. Yes if it is pursued by Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK) and NO if Kashmiri’s in Indian held part (IOK) wish to raise it. ICJ does not accept cases from individual or groups. Case has to be state Vs state. Let us take a look at scenario