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Whenever and wherever there is a discussion on Kashmir, it is almost impossible that the discussants will fail to utter the two golden terms (sometimes confused as synonyms) holding the distinction of being conjoined to the Kashmir issue – ‘Self-determination’ and ‘Secession’. As ordinary as these two terms may seem, the reality remains that these are one of the most contentious concepts under international law, both in theory and practice. So what exactly does right to self-determination and secession under international law mean? And how are these relevant to the problem of Kashmir? In order to understand these concepts and

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Every year thousands of workers from various states of India, mostly Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, come to Kashmir for work. They work as barbers, carpenters, masons, embroidery workers, or in several other skilled fields. Bricks are made in Kashmir, in the outskirts of the capital city Srinagar, where both local and non-local workers do the job together. The brick industry is generally confined to rural and semi-urban areas and generates employment. In Kashmir, the laborers usually work in hard conditions for 12-14 hours a day to reach a target of 1,000 to 1,200 bricks each day, earning between $100 to

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Perhaps those in India who did not understand what Kashmiris meant when we held our dead brothers and chanted Shaheed tere khoon se inquilaab ayega (Oh martyr, your blood will start a revolution), know it now. Perhaps they see it, as the intellectual class and civil society smells the stench of hypocrisy as the carcass is out in the open and public opinion starts to shift. Atleast for some of those more loyal than the king majority. Muslims (as well as liberals) in India who had willingly closed their eyes and said, “we are not bad as Pakistan” have a

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Senior pro-freedom leader and Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman – Syed Ali Geelani – on Saturday hosted an Iftar party at his Hyderpora residents in which pro-freedom leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik participated among others including lawyers, doctors, students and representatives from the trade federation.

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Former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Chief Amarjit Singh Dulat brings into light, so far, through his revelations, the political unseen scene of Kashmir during ex-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s reign.In a bold attempt, Dulat has come up with eye-popping revelations on Kashmir’s political scenario during his tenure in office of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and RAW and after 2000, when he was special advisor on Kashmir to Prime Minister Vajpayee. In an exclusive interview to India Today, ahead of the launch of his memoir “Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years, Dulat labels Mehbooba Mufti, President of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Minister

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A S Dulat (Photo: India Today) On Thursday evening in an interview to India Today’s Karan Thapar, former chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) A. S. Dulat revealed some untold stories about Kashmir politics. Dulat’s book – Kashmir: The Vajpaye Years – is set to be released this month. Here are the seven major points about Kashmir that he shared:   Former Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted to make former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah Vice President of India but reneged on the promise. “However, Farooq always had doubts whether Vajpayee would fulfil

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Ashiq Hussain Ganai’s (29) brothers have vowed to fight for justice till their last breath. Ashiq was allegedly tortured and killed by the army in 1993.shmir Twenty-five years after the introduction of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir, the human rights body Amnesty International today said the law continues to feed a cycle of impunity for human rights violations, in its new report – Denied: Failures in accountability for human rights violations by security force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir. The report is based on in-depth research in Jammu and Kashmir, including interviews with 58

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Andrew Whitehead at Line of Control, while reporting from Kashmir. My most recent visit to Srinagar, last spring, came twenty years exactly after my first reporting assignment in Kashmir. It prompted me to reflect on what’s changed over that time, and what hasn’t. And to consider why I keep on coming back to Kashmir, these days from choice rather than professional duty. Ahdoo’s hotel, when I first started reporting on Kashmir, was the only option for visiting foreign journalists. Wonderfully central, but woefully connected. This was the era before mobile phones and email. There were no PCOs in Srinagar, satellite

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Rajendra Tiwari While traveling from Jammu to Srinagar via road, I must say, every atom changes after Banihal town. Years ago, on a same trip, when I stopped for tea at Banihal, I saw gloomy faces. On all my road trips to Srinagar, I would always think – Iss shahar mei har shakhis pareshaan sa kyu hai? (Why is every person worried in this city?) You will find this gloom spread all over after crossing mighty Pir Panjal mountain range. Air changes and gloominess keeps on deepening as you proceed in any direction – towards Srinagar, Uri-Kupwara, Pahalgam, Kangan, or

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After the division of the sub-continent and emergence of two new states –  India and Pakistan, the subsequent circumstances not only imprinted tales of woes in the hearts of people on either sides but gave birth to some new geopolitical issues in South Asia. The most prominent among all is Kashmir issue, which is yet to be resolved after so many dialogues, deliberations and no doubt a hell of sacrifices of indigenous Kashmiri men, women, and children. Extravagance of both Pakistan and India without demilitarization in Jammu Kashmir will never bring an ultimate solution of the said issue. Both the

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