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German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner with his wife Eliese Steiner today called on National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah at his residence in Srinagar to discuss various initiatives that are aimed at enhancing cooperation and understanding between India and Germany. The German Ambassador highlighted the cooperation between the people of the two countries and underlined the need for continued multi-faceted ties between the two nations and their people. Ambassador Steiner spoke about the enormous Tourism potential of J&K and said this was one of the most beautiful places he had ever visited. Dr. Farooq Abdullah welcomed the German Ambassador’s

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Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and a member of state legislative assembly today said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be faulted for a lot of things but traveling abroad is the wrong one. Omar tweeted that Modi should also travel and engage oversees. “Just wish that with the glamorous destinations like France and Germany he would also visit our traditional friends in Africa and elsewhere,” Omar added.

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In the Trblinka death camp during the Nazi era, new arrivals who were about to be gassed to death were presented with a deceptive scene. A ten-piece orchestra played jazz and Jewish folk tunes while the arrivals were marching into the gas chambers only to die. Shloyme Klezmer stood by the entrance of the gate and played with the orchestra as the bodies were being gassed. He saw his own son being led in and pulled him out of the line, threw the instrument and marched with his only child into the gas chamber. Brothers and sisters , on September

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The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performs for a Nazi gathering. Exactly a decade ago, the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra visited the United States. The high-and-mighty audience at Washington’s Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts comprised President Bush, the first lady, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It was a desperate attempt to shore up Bush’s ratings, and to show the world that all was getting well in Iraq, a country that had just received the priceless gift of democracy from the Bush regime.The Washington Post, in its review of the concert, had this to say: “You’ve heard

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An Indian Parliamentarian and poet, Kabir Suman, opposes Zubin Mehta’s concert in the Jammu and Kashmir, scheduled on September 7. He said, in a statement, that “Kashmiris who are fighting so hard for their right to self determination, Freedom, do not need such a concert to get a notion of “peace” through music.” Suman is a Lok Sabha member from Trinamool Congress Party, and in past too has been writing about human rights violations in Kashmir in his poetry. “I am sceptical about the proposed Zubin Mehta concert at the Shalimar Garden, Srinagar. That’s the least I can say. A

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Srinagar, Kashmir: The civil society of Indian-controlled Kashmir is holding a cultural event Haqeeqat-e Kashmir (The Reality of Kashmir) on September 7, the day which coincides with Zubin Mehta concert scheduled to be organized by Germany along with 100-member orchestra team. In what can be termed as clash between culture and cultural aggression, the organisers say that this is in response to Mehta’s concert. While talking to a local news gathering agency GNS, Programme Spokesperson, Khurram Parvez said that the event is aimed at to pay tribute to Kashmiris who have sacrificed a lot during the past 23 years. “It will portray

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“Every year The International Day of the Disappeared is celebrated on August 30 to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives.”  “In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.” -Bertolt Brecht (German poet, 1898-1956)   Today, on the International Day of the Disappeared, APDP observes with concern the present focus of the international community, and more particularly the German Government, in Jammu and Kashmir. The German Embassy, in collaboration with the Indian Government, is organizing a

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Zubin Mehta performing in Kashmir’s Shalimar garden is perceptibly freakish given the history of Kashmir, especially over the last couple of decades.  The venue of course is ideal for a grand orchestra what with the natural amphitheatric backdrop of the Zabarvan range.  What is not ideal though is another ominous layer to the backdrop – the merciless, unyielding militarization, apparently a necessary condition to ‘protect’ people from themselves and to maintain a fragile, unjust peace.  Given the grandness of the event, it is likely that during the performance as well and much before and after, as routine, ordinary people will

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Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) conferring the Presidential Medal of Distinction to the conductor Zubin Mehta in Jerusalem on Oct.15, 2012, for his contributions to Israeli society. 26 August 2013 To,                                                          Ambassador Michael Steiner, German Embassy, New Delhi, India. Subject: URGENT Protest Letter to German Embassy on scheduled Zubin Mehta concert in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir on 7 September 2013   1.      On 22 August 2013, a press release was issued by the German Embassy that Zubin Mehta would be conducting an orchestra on 7 September 2013 at Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. 2.      The press release quoted you as stating that the concert

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Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir The German Ambassador to India, Michael Steiner today termed the killing of two youth in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s Bandipora district as big  tragedy. He said that the security situation in Kashmir is far better than what it was in 1990 but the killing of two youth by Army is very unfortunate. “As far as the security situation in Kashmir is concerned, it is far better than what it was in 1990. But the killing of two innocent boys at Bandipore is very unfortunate. It’s a tragedy as two persons lost their lives,” Steiner said. According to the news

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