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The ‘Kul Jama’tei Hurriyat Conference’ or the ‘All Parties Hurriyat Conference’ [APHC] came into force as a conglomerate in 1993. Only a decade after its inception the amalgam split into two, as the octogenarian Geelani Sahib initiated ‘tatheerei amal’ or ‘purification process’ levelling accusations that a constituent of the Hurriyat had fielded proxies in the 2002 assembly elections. One more decade down the line we have a third Hurriyat in 2014. No wonder another assembly election is just round the corner. The Urdu word ‘Hurriyat’ when translated into English language means ‘freedom’ or ‘liberty’. Hurriyat — as an amalgam of

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  The well-being of a state depends on two principle factors: representative voice and accountability. According to the World Bank’s annual World Development Report (2004), accountability has five features: delegation, finance, information, performance, and enforceability. Weakness in any one of these can open the door for bad governance. Citizens of a state face many problems: hospitals without doctors, schools without teachers, dry taps, unlit houses, and above all, the sense of powerlessness in the face of the state. When politicians are unaccountable, their connection with their constituents breaks down, and they can get away with delivering inadequate services. In the

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The global population explosion has withered the world’s environment. In 1800, just 3 percent of the world’s inhabitants lived in urban areas. Today that figure has surpassed 50 percent and by 2050 is likely to reach 70 percent. In developed countries, industry and transportation, with their unfiltered emissions, have inflated global temperatures. Inhabitants of the underdeveloped world face poor sanitation and the inadequate provision of food, giving rise to undernourishment and fatal disease. These appalling conditions plague our world. prompt and prudent measures are necessary to stop the changing of the world’s atmosphere, or at least to diminish the impact

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I do not know how much it is important to tell the story in details? The details are tragic. Yet the story of those Palestine families is not isolated from the whole story of Palestine, where unjust and sadness has become connected with its news. The story is about the boat which took hundreds of Palestinians at the 13th of October escaping war in Syria to flee to safe areas. The boat was shot at by Libyan gun boats, and the boat drowned , and about 300 lost their lives. The captain sent a message for help to Italy. Italy said

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Karl Marx Karl Marx died on 14 March 1883 and was buried three days later at Highgate cemetery in north London. Every year a small group make their way to the cemetery to mark the death of Marx with a socialist speech. Somehow it is always images from the final period of his life that we find with us today. It is Marx, the imposing man with a beard who spent his time studying in the British Museum, that is remembered. However, with demonstrations in Seattle and even London echoing Marx’s thoughts about getting rid of capitalism altogether, perhaps we

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A policeman walking on a road in Kashmir during government imposed curfew on March 15, 2013. Photograph by Shahid Tantray There has never been a better time for a comprehensive solution to the Kashmir conflict. The convergence of multiple factors points to the urgent need for a resolution, and also the direction this might take. Increased repression in Indian-administered Kashmir, along with a tense standoff between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC), highlights the untenability of the status quo. Accumulating evidence of abuses against the civilian population in Kashmir by Indian forces, and the legal impunity guaranteed

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Tahir Rasool Sofi, killed by army today. [T]he completeness of night’s silence is absolute in Kashmir. Earlier today another boy was put six feet under. Killed in cold blood in Baramulla by the Indian army. Apparently a small crowd was protesting against the hanging of Afzal Guru and driven by pure emotion, pelted a passing army truck with stones. Since Kashmiri blood costs next to nothing, the armymen quickly got down, cocked their machine guns and sprayed the protesting kids with bullets, instantly killing a kid – Tahir — in his 20s. Nothing much. His friends, too shocked to react,

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The below is the letter written by senior leader of National Conference, G N Ratanpuri, a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, in reply to the comments made by National Conference leader, Mustafa Kamal, who is also the state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s uncle. The letter was posted on his Facebook page. Dear Kamal Sahib, I am not surprised to learn that like the Advisors to HCM, you have chosen the medium of newspapers to communicate to me a warning. Warning for comparing SAS Geelani with SM Abdulla. I respect your concern for your father as

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While the ongoing debate on the recommendations given by Justice Verma’s panel continues. The government of India has conveniently decided to look the other way on the matter concerning amendments in Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as suggested by Justice Verma committee.In-fact the Law Minister of the country Ashwani Kumar has publicly tried to justify protection provided to Armed forces under AFSPA . The Minister told NDTV “How do you divide the action taken in the line of duty where the circumstances are such that nobody knows what is going to happen?” “The context is different.” These comments coming

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A candle light vigil was held in Delhi protesting against the Delhi Rape case One day enraged with suffocation and suffering Betwixt my tradition and ambitions I looked for the evil that was creating darkness. I desperately looked out of the window, screamed and squealed Challenged the devil to come and face me. When no one turned up, I sat down, lost and disappointed   Looking for enemy, dwindling between fear and anger My moistened eyes looked for a solution. Suddenly a violent wind threw open the closed doors of my room. Fresh air startled me with joy, I had

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