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Refocusing Peace Process
Prof Gull Muhammad Wani
One of the architects of Kashmir accord of 1975, G Parthasarthi, used to describe India Pakistan relations as sibling rivalry and constant allergy of one to the other. It is a known fact that Indo-Pak relationship has been accident prone and largely influenced by geo-strategic forces.
It was after lot of soul searching and some indirect US facilitation that the peace process between India and Pakistan started with eight point composite dialogue process as the accepted framework. The external dimension of the peace process between Delhi and Islamabad did yield certain positive results. Though the internal dimension of the peace process remained connected to the external track, it was equally driven by fair amount of optimism and expectations of the people of J&K. After 2004, the internal track of the peace process saw certain important developments like opening of roads, people to people contact and also slow and mild trans-LoC trade.

Right mix, will it blend?
Omar Abdullah has finally come in to his own. The composition of his cabinet and the allocation of portfolios is by far his most significant political move after having come to power.
Introspect before it is late
Hamidullah Dar
The recent spurt of gory incidents reflects the criminalisation of our society to an extent where even beasts hate to stand a comparison. It is not that there have not been such occurrences in the past but the way these got publicity by protests and stone pelting incidents, brought them to the notice of all and sundry. It happens only in Kashmir that a Juliet (girl) is sitting in the amicable ambience of her drawing room in Delhi and two Kashmiri Romeos are mad after her; mad enough that one friend hacks another to death. Going by the very logic of romance, an unseen woman is not worth life of a handsome teenage lad; that too when Kashmiri youth know that there are other unseen hands ready to snatch their lives and reduce their numbers. But then those who could tell them have themselves gone astray. Parents are in the delusion of the uprightness of their children till they (children) turn to be otherwise. Teachers (though a small number) have started dating their minor students and even some dastardly incidents have occurred in this regard. In Qazigund area, a high school student was found pregnant and four teachers were accused of being responsible for this heinous crime on the student- teacher relation. The reports from many educational institutions are not encouraging.

Reduce Numbers
If there is one lesson that has come through in the last 20 years of militancy it is that the gun is not solution – be it in the hands of the army or the militants. If this is the basic premise, then a decisive move has to be made to reduce not only the physical presence of the armed forces
A brief analysis of Kashmiri angst
Arshid Malik
“Terrible are the wounds of a broken dream”, wrote Jiri Wolker. Beyond doubt every dream that Kashmiri people have dared to dream – be it of peace, stability or security – has been fractured halfway and the wounds are so terrible that perhaps we might never ever dare to dream again. It is known that when the tendency of a people to dream is contained it generates tremendous angst. This is the very characteristic angst that boils in the streets of Kashmir today. Our dreams have been snatched away from us, somewhere in the shape of our sons and sisters and elsewhere as pure hopes to lead a secure life.
All attempts made at measuring or molding this breed of angst by “standard” means and measures only aggravates the situation, and that is just what has been happening around here in the past one year. The present governing r?gime led by a young Chief Minister has been incessantly attempting to comprehend and judge the present scenario in Kashmir from a fixed, traditional and immobile point of view.

Over powering
It is only a 12 MW power project. To put it in perspective, this is 0.0005 percent of the hydropower potential of the state. So why make such a big deal about it, one may legitimately ask. The reason is neither the size of the project 
Police Public Relations
Dr Syed M Afzal Qadri
The recent incidents of uproar against police in valley, particularly at Shopian and Baramulla, have given indications of the poor Public-Police Relations in the State. The Police is supposed to be the friend of the people and while performing their duties, policemen have to uphold the rule of law on one hand and respect the public sentiment on the other hand. Once this balance is lost, the causality is “administration of Criminal Justice”.
Police is the principal law enforcing agency in the country. Their duty is to promote order and tranquillity in the society. But unfortunately public-police relations are strained not only in this State but in the entire India. It is the primary reason for National Police Commission in its 3rd Report to categorically state that police-public relations are in a very unsatisfactory state. The Commission has attributed several reasons for such as partiality, brutality, and failure to register cognizable offences.

In a free market economy, protections are a problem. They are barriers and roadblocks. But in places like J&K, one of the fastest growing consumer markets in this corner of the world,such principles lack relevance, at least for the time being.
Ansari’s Convocation Address

Dr Gull Muhammad Wani

The fact that Vice President of the Republic of India concluded his convocation address by quoting Edmund Burke that “the only thing necessary for triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” is an intellectual provocation to people in the arena of public life, academia and other sectors to explore multiple meanings of his convocation address.
The central idea of Hamid Ansari’s convocation address was to chalk out a vision for India in 21st century in which he found that smaller identities have to coexist with the larger identity that India constitutes. He believes that in a composite nationalism, the smaller identities can only be integrated with the larger identity and there is no scope for assimilation. He examined the issues of deprivation and alienation and found that it is the powerlessness which drives out the smaller identities and pushes them into the alienation trap.

The regrettable performance of some top civil servants during Home Minister’s meeting is symptomatic of a much deeper malaise than just pure incompetence and inefficiency.
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