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Expelled Kashmiri students of Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU) in Meerut share their views with media persons in Srinagar on Thursday . A case of sedition has been lodged against the 67 Kashmiri students who allegedly celebrated the victory of Pakistan over India in a cricket match on Sunday. Photo: Nissar Ahmad/The Hindu   I was walking in the Bloomsbury area of London, far away from home, when I read that more than sixty Kashmiri students were expelled from a university in India. It was not a strange moment for me as there is a history. As soon as Pakistan

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By News Desk Underscoring the need to punish the military and paramilitary forces for the heinous crimes they had allegedly committed in Kashmir, renowned writer and social activist Arundhati Roy Friday said Indians would suffer in future for what the people of Kashmir had gone through over last two decades.Roy accused India of not being serious in punishing the military, paramilitary, police and government backed gunmen who had been declared accused in various heinous crimes. “Troops and paramilitary troops involved in various heinous crimes including custodial killings, disappearances, rapes and declared accused through FIRs and other reports have evaded action

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Outlookindia.com | By Arundhati Roy Is it a house or a home? A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since Antilla arrived on Altamont Road in Mumbai, exuding mystery and quiet menace, things have not been the same. “Here we are,” the friend who took me there said, “Pay your respects to our new Ruler.” Antilla: Mukesh Ambani’s 27-storey home in Mumbai Antilla belongs to India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani. I had read about this most expensive dwelling ever built, the twenty-seven floors, three helipads, nine lifts, hanging gardens, ballrooms, weather rooms, gymnasiums, six

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By Ehsaan qazi Renowned Indian novelist and political activist, Arundhati Roy Friday called for the end of the Indian occupation of Kashmir. Arundhati Roy Arundhati Roy made a strong case for Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination before an American audience, with an impassioned call for an end to the brute Indian occupation of Kashmir. “I think that the people of Kashmir have the right to self- determination—they have the right to choose who they want to be, and how they want to be,”he said in the course of a discussion on ‘Kashmir: The Case for Freedom’ at Asia Society. “Kashmir

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By S Zafar Mehdi Safvi To hang or not to hang! The debate over barbarous capital punishment still lingers on. Many civil rights activists, lawyers, and liberal intellectuals have been arguing against it on humanitarian grounds for a while now. A potent argument against capital punishment is that it has no deterrence effect, with many countries already having done with it. After all, as sane minds argue, sanctity to life should prevail over “eye for an eye” approach. But then some argue, it is warranted in “rarest of rare crimes”. May be. But one wonders, what constitutes these ‘rarest of

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There are not many bookshops in Kashmir, though reading culture has seen surge for last some years.  People of all age groups are getting attracted towards books, be it—fiction or non-fiction. Leaving the city aside rural areas are far away from book reading habits only due to lack of exposure, mostly among  youth. The city centre, Lal Chowk, has got many new bookshops in the last two years. Whether it is politics, literature, fiction or business studies, reading culture in valley has paved its way through people’s hearts and minds. According to a local bookshop owner, since 90s there has

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An army man stands guard. (Photo: Burhan Kinu) In the international media, the murder of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad raised crucial concerns about the intimidation and targeting of journalists and political activists by the ISI in Pakistan. However, the detention and deportation of human rights advocate Gautam Navlakha from Kashmir has barely been mentioned. As Vaclav Havel argues, it is often only death that makes a story. According to Havel, it is not merely brute force and violence, but rather subtle and insidious forms of coercion which enable an efficient system of oppression. He writes that ‘this remarkable absence of

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By Hilal Mir An article titled “In response to Mridu Rai” but aimed at, as the author says, exposing “the blatant irony in how leftist ideologues and journalists, from the convenience of their jobs and professional lives, cheer on the poor man’s son in Kashmir to his grave”, seems at cross purposes with itself. Anyways, let us attempt a syllogism derivative of another rant, taking the premises from author’s definition of anarchists and anarchy, which I presume he refers to the five months of uprising during the past summer and, as he wrote in his previous article, the entire “so-called

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Panelists keenly listening to Syed Ali Shah Geelani at LTG auditorium, New Delhi. Photo: Yasir Iqbal By Fahad Shah Sitting in an auditorium on a clammy afternoon of end-October, an enthusiastic audience chanting pro-freedom slogans after each praises to the speakers was the scene in New Delhi on Thursday. Little Theatre Group auditorium in central city, just three kilometers away walking distance from the higher house of Indian government, Parliament house was like a human-hive. It was six-hour long organized convention on the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Azadi: The only way by Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners

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