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“Germany would help India to improve its image on Kashmir globally while India would allow it to invest in its markets,” says Gautam Navlakha Srinagar, Kashmir: Prominent civil rights defender and writer, Gautam Navlakha, Tuesday charged India and Germany of organizing Zubin Mehta’s concert in Indian-controlled Kashmir “with an intention to give world community a message that all is well in Kashmir.” “Such types of concerts are being organized with a purpose. It is really sorry to state that India with the help of Germany is trying to mislead international community by making music a tool. Who can forget the

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Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir: Noted human rights activist and writer, Gautam Navlakha today termed the hanging of Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru’s hanging as a “historic blunder” on part of New Delhi,  saying, it gave a message to Kashmiris that Government of India is not interested in any kind of democratic or political solution of the Kashmir issue. “Solution of the Kashmir issue as per wishes of Kashmiris is important for the well being of entire south Asian region. By hanging Afzal Guru New Delhi sent across a negative message to Kashmiri people that it is not interested in democratic

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By News Desk | Kupwara, Kashmir Gautam Navlakha Stating that the prevailing peace in Kashmir valley is superficial in nature, renowned human rights and civil liberties activist, Gautam Navlakha today cautioned the state and central government against “explosion of a lava building up in Kashmir.” “Apparently everything seems normal as traffic is plying and schools are open but it is silence not peace. The lava is building up as people’s emotions and aspirations are being suppressed with force. This lava can explode any time,” said Navlakha, while talking to Kashmir News Service, a news agency in Kashmir. He said that

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Beyond criticism to government or any political party, the state of Jammu and Kashmir is defunct. What make it so are the deaf ears of political pundits, they once gain power, plug their ears then after. Surprisingly when the current coalition government was voted to assembly the basket of promises was so heavy that people thought it will burst any moment. Neither its lid was opened nor any promises heard ever. In conflict situations when there are elections promises touch skies, just to earn public trust. This happens in valley too. When it was peoples’ Democratic Party, they went after

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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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