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Kartarpur: A Corridor of Peace!

Kartarpur Corridor, leading and facilitating the visit of Sikhs to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib can contribute to lasting peace in region, writes Fida Iqbal. But it needs utmost sincerity and understanding, with trust.

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Collapse of Education

Bashir Assad

Education sector has completely collapsed writes Bashir Assad. Despite opening of schools, the teaching work has not resumed. The tragedy is that civil society is tight lipped on it.

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Wings to power of youth

Sajjad Bazaz

 

Corporate sector has announced plans to invest in Jammu and Kashmir. They have shown their interest in changing the growth story of J&K. The known companies are that of Mukesh Ambani and Medanta Group.The pitch of enthusiasm shown by corporate indicates there is no reason to worry as investment is going to transform the region.

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People losing faith in leadership?

Khalid Issac

During last seventy years, Kashmiris have given numerous chances to their leaders by voting for them, but they have not delivered, writes Khalid Issac. He further writes that they could have done a lot. If they had focused on governance. As per external dimensions, they kept on misleading people.

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Facing the Climate Change

M Ashraf

There has definitely been a climate change and that is why we see unprecedented weather changes. There used to be a good snowfall. Those days, forests were in vicinity, now these are non-existent.

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Rare Medicinal plants on verge of extinction

Sheikh Umar Ahmad

The beautiful Valley is house to a diversity of medicinal plants that have been used for thousands of years. But these are now at the verge of extinction, because of government’s neglect towards intense poaching of wild animals, their illegal exploitation and habitat destruction, overgrazing, climate change pattern.

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The condition of Pashmina artisans

Hakim Mohammad Ilyas

 Pashmina industry occupies a substantial place in economy of Kashmir, and Kashmir Pashmina has a prominent place in export. But now, according to curated Opinions, Views on J&K,  they are facing competition with machine made Pashmina.

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In Defence of ISIS

 Mehmood ur Rashid

 The recent incidents have shown that ISIS in Kashmir is a reality. Resistance leadership may oppose it, so to say, but it is hypocritical. We have been all along promoting a vision of history that suits ISIS mindset. We subscribe to a Future ISIS. Kashmiri Muslim culture, and Resistance politics shows no sign of buckling under that pressure. But how to deal with ISIS within? It is a challenge for all, not only Resistance movement. A transformation of Resistance politics is needed. No symbolism but politics based on some substance.

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 The slogans of autonomy

Sheikh Ghulam Rasool

 In analyzing the impact of raising the issue of Regional Autonomy Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, former Chief Secretary of J&K Government who joined National Conference after his retirement, writes that the impact of this issue needs to be assessed to maintain the solidarity of the state. According to him, Delhi agreement 1952 had been approved by Parliament and State Constituent Assembly, giving the state an unassailable constitutional position. The Government of India showed its commitment by issuing constitution order under Art 370/35A. The attack on autonomy began with coming of GM Sadiq as chief Minister. Though Indira Gandhi – Abdullah accord of 1975 allowed state government to review the central laws enforced in the state, but reports of two high level Committees on the subject remained on shelves in the secretariat. While Dr. Farooq Abdullah announces introduction of regional autonomy, with ambitions to  secure power, BJP has been advocating concept of Regional Council for Jammu  to thwart state autonomy. But Dr. Farooq has shifted to regional autonomy without considering its long term impact leading ultimately to trifurcation of state. It is time to cool down and evolve a pragmatic and attainable goal.

 

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Promise v/s Performance: J&K MP’s in the Parliament

In a series of analytical articles, daily Greater Kashmir has assessed the performance of Members of Parliament (MP’s) from J&K state. This performance balance sheet brings forth the concern and zeal of the MP’s from the three regions of the state in raising the issues and taking part in the debates in the Parliament.

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