Interview with Lt Gen S.K. Sinha, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir
Lieutenant General S.K. Sinha (retired) is the governor of Jammu and Kashmir. One of India’s most outstanding post-independence generals, his distinguished military career includes combat service in Burma and Indonesia during World War II. After Independence, he was a major at Army Headquarters in Delhi during the 1947-1948 war in Kashmir, and was later named secretary of the Indian delegation on delineation of the cease fire line in Kashmir at a meeting convened by the United Nations in 1949 in Karachi. He sought premature retirement in 1983, and has since served as India’s ambassador to Nepal, and governor of Assam, among other positions.
Scenery and Seasons – Sir Francis Younghusband
…Then as we emerged into the open valley, the snow disappeared and the first faint signs of spring were visible. All the trees were indeed still bare. Neither on the massive chenar nor on the long lines of poplars which bordered the road continuously horn Baramula to Srinagar was there a vestige of a leaf; and
all the grass was absolutely brown. But in the willows there was just the suspicion of yellow- green. The little leaf-buds were just preparing to burst. On the ground were frequent masses of yellow crocuses and familiar bluebells.Here and there were clumps of violets…
The Kashmir Tragedy: the role of the British – Claude Arpi
It is useful today to remember the role of Great Britain, particularly of Lord Mountbatten, to understand how Albion has been single-handedly responsible for the Kashmir imbroglio.For this, it is necessary to go back to a year before the British left the jewel of their empire…
European Parliament – Draft Report on Kashmir: present situation and future prospects
The European Parliament,
– having regard to its recent resolutions referring to Jammu and Kashmir, in particular its resolutions of 29 September 2005 on EU-India relations: A Strategic Partnership, of 17 November 2005 on Kashmir, of 18 May 2006 on the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2005 and the EU’s policy on the matter, of 28 September 2006 on the EU’s economic and trade relations with India, of 22 April 2004 on the EC-Pakistan Cooperation Agreement and of 22 April 2004 on the situation in Pakistan…
New facets in India-Pakistan Relation – G. Parthasarathy
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington have had profound implications on developments in India-Pakistan relations. The American led offensive against the Taliban resulted in an end to Taliban rule and the installation of a democratically elected Government headed by President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan. But, the Taliban, the Al Qaeda and their allies affiliated to the “International Islamic Front” formed by Osama bin Laden in February 1998, retreated into safe havens across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border…
Interview with Bana Singh, Param Vir Chakra
I must tell you, a strange thing happened one day before the assault. I was feeling depressed when I heard the voice of Guru Gobind Singh who said: “I was only testing you”. My depression disappeared. It is the first (and last) time that I had such an experience.
Terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir – B. Raman
By 1993, it became evident that neither the pro-independence nor the pro-Pakistan organizations were able to make headway against the Indian security forces. The ISI, thereupon, started infiltrating into J & K Pakistani jihadi organizations headed by Punjabis, which had fought in Afghanistan initially against the Soviet troops and then against the Government of President Najibullah…
Denuclearizing terrorism in southern Asia – Brahma Chellaney
Given the bitter history they share, can India and Pakistan be expected to bury their hatchet and smoke the peace pipe? For the past three years, the two countries have been engaged in what they call a “peace process,” which in reality is an attempt to normalize their troubled relations. Pakistan’s continued refusal to have normal trade with India, however, is a reminder that these ties are far from full normalization.
Interview with Jagmohan
The local leaders started an agitation against me, because I was not respecting Article 370. They came in a delegation, it included the people from the area were the fire had erupted (and where there was no sewage). They told me that it is an infringement of Article 370. I told them: “Do you understand what it means for you Article 370?” They spoke of their self-identity. I told them: “I went to your colony and it was stinking, yourself told me that you were living in hell, now with this 60 millions I will provide you with proper sanitation. Do you want sanitation or Article 370?” They immediately understood.
Three Years in Kashmir – Ved Marwah
The appointment of Jagmohan as the new Governor of Jammu and Kashmir by the BJP backed VP Singh government set a chain of events, some intended and some not intended that led to the resignation of Farooq Abdullah, the then Chief Minister and the proclamation of Governor’s rule in the state in January 1990. I was appointed as Advisor to the Governor. Mufti Sayeed was the Union Home Minister and at that time…
The Line of Control is melting – Pushp Saraf
To borrow an expression from Charles Dickens’ “A tale of two cities” one can say that it is the best of times on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Families divided and friends separated in the communal violence of 1947 are revisiting each other through the shortest routes. This has been made possible because of enhanced bonhomie between India and Pakistan.
The Take of Two Kashmirs (A Victim’s Ringside View) – Vijay Kranti
It was in 1932 when my grandfather Lala Mukand Lal ’Panjani Waale’ was robbed of all his property and was forced to quit his village Panjani in the Mipur district of what is today labeled as POK by India and “Azad Kashmir” by Pakistan. His only fault was that he was not a Muslim and, hence,had no right to live in the village. The diktat of this ethnic cleansing of rural Kashmir came from Sheikh Abdullah’s freshly launched Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (today “National Conference”).
Righting the wrongs – M. Ismail Khan
The writer is from Skardu in the Northern Areas and has background in media, public policy and development. He is also the elected representative from the Asia Pacific region on the Board of Directors of the Mountain Forum. In July 2005, the writer traveled 1,500 km from Skardu to reach Srinagar for an ‘intra-Kashmir conference’. From Srinagar, he traveled another 203 km to reach Kargil. It thus took four days and 1,700 km of road travel to reach Kargil from Skardu…
Interview with Prof. Siddiq Wahid
I am born a Ladakhi, I belong to a Tibetan culture area, I was educated by Jesuits in Darjeeling, I live in a country which is overwhelmingly Hindu, I am married a Lutheran Christian, for the sake of travel, I have an Indian passport, so it hard for me to reject any of these identities…
Interview with Thupstan Chhewang – Member of Parliament from Ladakh
Today, the political scene in the State is dominated by the Kashmir Valley. When people talk about Kashmir, they do not think about Ladakh, they do not also think about Jammu, although in terms of area, Ladakh alone is more than 2/3 of the State. In term of population, the regions of Jammu and Ladakh together are more important than the Valley, so how can the government continue to neglect these two regions of the State?
The Crafts of Jammu and Kashmir – Jaya Jaitly
The arts and crafts of Kashmir received its greatest infusion of technology and creativity when Sultan Sikandar’s son, Shahi Khan ascended the throne in 1421 and called himself Zain-ul–Abadin. Prior to this he had been kidnapped by Tamur Lane and confined to Samarkand where he spent his time amongst the finest craftsmen and artists of China. When he became the Emperor he called for craftsmen from Central Asia and Arabia and ensured that the local craftsmen were trained to be amongst the finest in the world. He introduced paper making, papier machie art, calligraphy, embroidery, metal work, and the entire process of silk manufacture through the rearing of mulberry trees and silkworms…
Mural paintings of Alchi – Dr. Monisha Ahmed
Amidst fields of barley and on the edge of a precipice overlooking the Indus river, sits the monastic complex of Alchi (Figure). Built between the 11th and 13th centuries the complex consists of three temples, a large chorten (stupa) and several smaller ones…
Lalla, Mystic Poet of Kashmir – Dr. Jaishree Kak
Beginning with the eighth century, it became a great center of the Shaiva philosophy and spirituality and many original texts were written on it in Sanskrit in the following centuries. This tradition found its expression in the vernacular Kashmiri language in the poetry of the fourteenth century mystic Lalla, also known as Lal Ded, Lalleshvari, and Lalla ‘Arifa. Her verses were transmitted orally for centuries…
Santoor, the sole sample of Struck Polychord – Manjari Sinha
The four fold classification of Musical Instruments by Bharata is followed in India from ancient times. These four types of musical instruments are Tat Vadya (chordophones), Sushir Vadya (aerophones), Ghan Vadya (idiophones) and Avanaddha Vadya (membranophones). Santoor belongs to the category of chordophones or the string instruments, mentioned in Sanskrit texts as Veena. There is also mention of Shat Tantri Veena (a string instrument with hundred strings) in Sanskrit texts, which is supposed to be the origin of the