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We see Draco in [AFSPA,DAA & PSA] lawmakers!

The IK Group

Article 1 : [International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)] :

“All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”

Draco [7th century B.C] was an Athenian lawmaker whose code of conduct prescribed cruelty and severity.His constitution endorsed laws based on homicide and abuse.Now centuries later,we can still find lawmakers with same visions of brutality.Thus the legacy of ' Draconian- like' laws continue and India is no exception!

We, as Kashmiris, firmly believe that territorial integrity is more important than national self-determination. The years of foreign rule, religious movements, and spiritual discoveries in the land of India has given a way to a rich potpourri of social habits, festivals, and customs.This diversity is viewed with&#…

An Epitome of True Struggle : Kashmir

[Also published on Opinion, Rising Kashmir on May 13th, 2010]

~A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
-John F Kennedy

The IK Group

Killing is the worst human tragedy. People, over the last 63 years for the quest of independence have practiced different tactics and strategies, thereby continuing the struggle in different phases and manners.However,any solution is still elusive.

Kashmir's misfortunes do not end here.India and Pakistan both have their own reasons to seek accession of Jammu-Kashmir to their country.The ideological divergences of Chowdary Abbas and Sheikh Abdullah has faced a popular rebellion for a genuine reason.

Those who are trying to project the present struggle as religious one are deliberately trying to confuse the issue. Their aim is very clear - they don't want the issue to be resolved. It is clear to everyone that by projecting the Kashmiri struggle as religious(which is known as "Islamic fundamentalist struggle"), they ar…

Polythene Pollution in Paradise!

Polythene scraps have drastically disturbed every man's lifestyle in the valley. This appalling amount of trash remains scattered in every street and mohalla. We spend a sizable chunk of money to keep our homes clean but we forget about our environs. Enough is enough! We need to be disciplined and we must cultivate civic sense to save Kashmir from this disaster.

In order to fight the peril of polythene pollution, the government institutions and social reformers should come up with laws and ideas that restrict the use of polythene all over the valley. These 'bags of trouble' have already posed a new treat to an environmentally lawless place like Kashmir which is already suffering from the menace of water pollution and various other kinds of misfortunes.

Environmental groups say that without awareness among people and tough legislative laws, it is very difficult for the government to attain any success in its fight against polythene. A vigilant public opinion can only fight …

'Protecting Human Rights = Protecting Killers ?'

[Also published on south Indian journal, Counter Currents]

In Kashmir, leaders likely support this equilibrium.Nearly one lakh Kashmiris have been victims of 'imposed disappearances',torture and killings

While previous governments now have admitted that many persons are missing, it was claimed that most of them had crossed the border into Pakistan to become militants.Under International Humanitarian Law,it is a crime because the previous innumerable cases have not been solved or even filed and the tradition of continual disappearances in Kashmir continues.'Unmarked graves' in Kashmir are deemed as 'unidentified foreign militants' by the Government of India-- who in reality were picked up by Indian Armed Forces,killed in custody and then falsely identified as foreign militants.In many cases, when relatives have succeeded in …

Dal Lake:The Dying Heritage

[Also published on View Point, Rising Kashmir on 30 March, 2011]
[Also published on Kashmir Dispatch]
The IK group

Study of environment helps in sustaining development within a nation and it harmonizes peace with nature . We have to 'return to nature'. It is our responsibility to establish a genial relationship with nature. Kashmiris however have unfortunately suffered from corrupt officials, religious zealots and extortionists. This has left deep scars on our lives, economy and ofcourse-'ecology '. Vale of Kashmir is bestowed with beautiful meadows, streams, rich green forests making it the most unparalleled land on earth. Having said that,the healthy aura of our natural resources has been exploited just for luxury-'without realizing its consequences'.

To gauge the nature of these issues,it is essential to know the magnitude of misery inflicted on environment. There have been no stri…

Corruption in Kashmir

[Also published on Op-ed, Rising Kashmir - June 19, 2011]

Kashmir sits at the top brace in the league of corruption in India. The lust for 'greed and power' in Kashmir, has granted huge amount of money in hands of some people, while most of the people have become increasingly poor. There is corruption at every level, every sphere and every degree in our social order. Obtaining riches has taken all priorities of life. Traditional ethics have been mocked - if we are not shocked by it, why don't we atleast emphasize that obtaining money or a service through illicit means is sinful?

Adventures of corruption have suffocated both public and private sectors. Corruption in one form or the other, has been part of our social strata, and has variegated incidence in different times and at different places. This has lead to despair and resignation on the part of those people who are concerned about it, which mainly include social activists and intellectual commentators. Yet, it has recei…

The Doable Concept of 'Azaadi'

The IK Group

The concept of independent Kashmir measures the aspiration among the masses in abidance as the present political arrangement is not recognized by international structures i.e UNCIP etc.The gradual erosion of 'Azaadi sentiment' has been through unfair diplomatic means .Over the years, leaders have failed in institutionalizing the claims of the people.The legislative bodies developed on both sides are marketed as a substitute for self determination.Leaders have embedded the right of self determination' into respective legislative assemblies,thereby eroding the aspirations of the masses.Without signing the 'written affidavit' of allegiance to both countries,no political institution is allowed to take part in the election.The present spatial attributes of resolution are clear-A relationship should continue to be based on centralized power structure from New Delhi and Islamabad.

The current arrangement directly or indirectly predetermines the accession to Pa…

Demilitarised Kashmir

Also appeared on The Kashmir Monitor and Rising Kashmir

The IK Group

The demilitarization proposals for Kashmir have come up several times over the years, but have never proceeded much beyond the stage of a rhetorical discussion, despite of the fact that all mainstream Indian political parties have included this concern in their respective manifestos and in their so called policy making. Even the powerful elites of Pakistani Army - General Karamat and former President, Pervez Musharaf have claimed that they almost came to a breakthrough in restructuring the heavily militarized ambiance across the borders of Kashmir, but these claims have been forgotten or more or less diluted with cavalier diplomacy and irregular politics in the region.

A conflict resolution cannot come when there is no realpolitik of prospects. Peace comes at a cost. For a case like Kashmir, leaders have to be open to both internal and external accords. As for India, in recent years, it had promised the beginning of a …

Kashmir's power of Hydro-energy

The IK Group

Kashmir should have been exporting hydro energy right now.Unfortunately, it all gets eaten up by two energy deficit watchdog countries .The reason for this is that we dont have any freedom of control over our natural resources.The hydro electric projects built are fully regulated under rigid central control.We have to give royalties to compensate for absolutely no reason and are irrelevantly dependent on both countries to fulfill our energy demand.In history,treaties were signed for sharing river waters which are completely against the interests of the people of Kashmir and most of the hydro electric projects by now are caught up in quarrels between two countries due to administrative inactiveness and formal accusations of corruption.Till now,work on some projects has been going on since decades and their completion is nowhere in good deal.

The total hydropower generation potential in both parts of Kashmir is around 25000 MW (Mega Watt) without restrictions of any treaties…

The Unfortunate Partition of Kashmir-Part B (UN Scope)

The IK Group

At University of Oxford ,the perception of a conflict resolution is defined as "Nothing is resolvable & Nothing is irresolvable".In contrary, whenever at UN ,a model on Kashmir conflict with a concept of independent homeland is presented ,it gets diluted by competing claims of New Delhi and Islamabad .Therefore only a distinction of dependable visionaries and sound decision makers will make a difference.The net result of a resolution so far has been irrelevant flexibility by both countries.Indian state has not given sound measures while Pakistan has given denotations of what could be acceptable.The yard stick for success in the Indian and Pakistani bureaucratic and political institutions still seems to be the capability to impede resolution rather than to facilitate resolution.The remorseful history of Kashmiri partition and of developed leaders on both sides has not facilitated a resolution in the past and is unlikely going to facilitate a resolution in the …

Ominous Partition of Kashmir

[Also published on Muslim Institute London]
[Also published on Kashmir Watch]
[Also published on Counter Currents]
The IK Group
Our ambitions were hijacked by the most bizarre shortcut: Chowdary Abbas and Muslim Conference to Pakistan. National Conference and Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah to India. There was no erosion on this because there was no room for erosion in an advantageous centralized power sharing structure as both countries had an appetite to gobble up Kashmir ever since the British flee the sub-continent. Kashmir was neither a part of Pakistan nor India before 1947. It was part of an independent princely state by default under a hereditary Monarch ruler through a bilateral agreement with the British Empire. The conceptual partition of Kashmir…