“History repeats itself, that’s one of the things that’s wrong with history.” -Clarence Darrow
Articles written by Dr. Sazawal are catalogued under following groupings:
1. Articles published by the Outlook (New Delhi) and other journals
- The Kashmiri Pandit Conundrun– Published: 14 February 2016 (Kashmir Ink: 1 April 2016)
Can Kashmiri Muslims living in the valley handle the truth? That is the challenge faced today by Kashmiri intellectuals, media and civil society who are keen on “levelizing” the human suffering and tragedy that has befallen Kashmir. While there is no question that the tragedy has affected all sections of the society, there should be absolutely no question that a peaceful minority of Kashmiri Pandits have fared the worst. Kashmiri Pandits, aborigines of Kashmir, were terrorized and forced to flee from Kashmiri in 1989-1990 because they were condemned as infidels and yet the majority community in the valley maintains its scrupulous state of denial about its communal culture that continues to resist the return of Pandits today. (This article was subsequently published in Kashmir Ink, Greater Kashmir)
- Resolving the Kashmir Conundrum: A Way Forward – Published: 11 September 2013
The Author was invited to give a lecture in the Palace of Westminster (British Parliament) on September 11, 2013 at a 3-hour meeting chaired by the Rt. Hon’ble Marcus Jones, a Tory MP and a close associate of the British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is a member of the British Parliamentary Committee (BPC) on Kashmir. The Rt. Hon’ble Andrew Griffiths, who is the Chairperson of the BPC also participated briefly. According to the author, the Kashmir issue has evolved. It has no bearing to the dispute that was brought to the attention of the United Nations. It needs a solution in today’s context.
- American Policy and Kashmir Dispute – Published: 27 July 2012
The official U.S. views regarding the Kashmir dispute have remained unchanged for decades. Nevertheless separatists, some media outlets, and other related constituencies in the Kashmir valley continually re-interpret the U.S. position on the issue with pronouncements that are based on wild imagination rather than cold reality.
- The Kashmir Conundrum (Published by the Greater Kashmir) – Published: 8 January 2011
When neither politicians nor intellectuals pass the muster of professional integrity, it is not surprising that the Kashmir issue remains unresolved.
- The Boiled Frog – Published: 19 July 2010
The slow erosion of plurality, secularism and shrinking political and economic space for the disfranchised has created the situation that exists in Pakistan today. Kashmir seems to be slowly but surely headed the same way.
- The Shopian Tragedy: Triumph of Politics Over Truth – Published: 1 September 2009
The “Shopian Incident” involving deaths of two young women in Shopian is very serious and very tragic. Unfortunately, actions by police, doctors and family members following the mysterious deaths have only deepened the mystery. Last, but not the least, political operatives managing public sentiment have compounded the problem further with unsubstantiated charges. Justice can not be served until the truth is known, but public and media seem to have made up their minds. The author conducts a thorough investigation of known facts to date.
- Jammu V/s Kashmir – Published: 07 August 2008
How a simple administrative matter was mishandled and how competitive politics led it to snowball into a violent stand-off, unleashing dangerous communal passions.
- The ‘Self-Governance’ Bogey – Published: 22 August 2006
If General Musharraf’s model is Northern Areas or even ‘Azad Jammu & Kashmir’, he ought to first check with Pakistan’s own Supreme Court to learn the lack of self-governance in those regions of Kashmir.
- Beyond White Noise – Published: 15 February 2006
The Mirwaiz had publicly sought the return of the Pandits to the valley. But “meet and greet” functions do not a political dialogue make. The road map and benefits of such a dialogue need to be defined properly.
- A Tragedy Without An End – Published: 12 July 2005
Today, the role of mujahideen in propping up a miniscule separatist movement in J&K is acknowledged even by those who were its organisers but, sadly, ten years later I wonder if we will ever learn from history
- The Final Solution – Published: 15 March 2005
The shift to a people-centric approach from the real estate aspect of the problem is welcome indeed, and since all politics is local, it is high time to shift the focus from macro to micro issues. The majority community in J&K, not merely the governments, bears the burden of addressing the issue of Kashmiri Pandits and other minorities.
- Musharraf’s Remarkable New Journey – Published: 24 January 2004
General Musharraf is smart. No one disputes that. But how long can he survive in a turbulent land called Pakistan where everyone from the military to mujahideen (armies of Allah) say one thing and do another? A snapshot of the “defender of the supreme national interest” following two unsuccessful assassination attempts on his life.
- A Question Of Arrogance – Published: 16 March 2004
…of a very special people who want one set rules for themselves and a different set of rules for others. Kashmiri women be damned. They have suffered in silence in the past and they will continue to suffer in the future.
- Platform For Reprisals – Published: 25 January 2003
Nancy Powell’s speech in Karachi, calling Pakistan a ‘platform for terrorism’ was remarkable for its candour, plainspeak and, perhaps, a friendly warning.
- Great Power Or Great Pity? – Published: 25 November 2002
India simply does not have the streak of irrationality and brute mentality necessary to become a great power in historical terms. What Indians are capable of is gathering “sympathy cards” from other great powers.
- The American Line Of Control – Published: 24 May 2002
Since American and Indian interests don’t converge, what are India’s options?. Perhaps the “Clinton option” that relied on his uncanny sense of what people wanted on a particular day?
- The Political Education Of Hurriyat – Published: 02 April 2002
Looking back at a March 1997 article that provides important perspective on the current happenings in the valley.
- Dialogue Over Diatribe? – Written: 04 February 2002
What explains Hurriyat’s dramatic gesture on Jan 28, that it will “conduct a phased election of its own on both sides of the LOC?
- Indian Hawks And The American Plan – Published :14 January 2002
The American President and his entire security apparatus do not generally welcome and make time for second-tier leaders. So what explains the special treatment for hardliners and known anti-Americans?
- Framework For Peace In Kashmir – Published: 27 June 2001
Is it an international or a religious problem? One involving self-seeking politicians? Of a piece of real estate? Or a problem of the people and their aspirations? A Kashmiri perspective.
- The Encounter in Agra – Published: 02 September 2001
The article describes how Pakistan nearly achieved a great political victory at the 2001 Vajpayee-Musharraf summit on the heels of a military defeat at Kargil
2. Articles addressing inter-Community dialogue on the presumption that all politics is local
- Creating A Welcome Space for Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley – Published: 26 September 2012The publicity machine of the Chief Minister hailed the meeting that Mr. Omar Abdullah held with a group of Kashmiri Pandits on 18th September 2012 in Srinagar, describing the meeting in glowing terms and re-affirming Mr. Abdullah’s pledge that the “Government will do whatever possible for their return and rehabilitation.” An English daily in Srinagar, in an editorial on 20th September, noted that J&K Government efforts so far have amounted to “mere lip service.” The 18th September meeting was actually a disaster. Here is why.
- Pakistanization of Kashmir – Published: 16 July 2010When a prominent pro-separatist newspaper in Srinagar issued a statement under the heading Introspect on 15th July, it merely confirmed a growing concern among Kashmiris that the valley is headed towards anarchy. Without clear goals for incessant protests and strikes, the opposition leaders (from Islamist-separatist groups to pro-India parties out of power) are steering the valley to economic ruin without securing any tangible results in return. At the same time, a weak ruling coalition government is unable to control the law and order situation and instead conveys confusing messages intended to obfuscate the seriousness of the ground situation in the valley. If it sounds a bit like the situation in Pakistan, it actually is.
- The Role of Civil Society in Kashmir – Published 30 April 2009Civil society plays a critical role in nation building and human development. Local societal issues in Kashmir, unrelated to regional politics, cannot not be subsumed or ignored until the Kashmir problem is resolved. The civil society in Kashmir faces a challenge in reorienting its agenda to address a wide spectrum of local issues and thereby enhance its appeal and relevance to various sections of the society.
- The True Meaning of Kashmiriyat – Published 6 January 2009Invited paper submitted for inclusion in Professor Fida M. Hassnain’s upcoming book on Kashmiriyat. The author provides a historical perspective of crucial events that have shaped Kashmir’s unique identity which is under a severe strain today.
- Conflict, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Kashmir – Published: 19 September 2008
- An Imperfect Storm: The Summer 2008 Uprising in Kashmir – Published: 19 July 2008
- Presentation on the Kashmir Dispute at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution – Published: 08 November 2007
- Economic Pathways to Normalization in Kashmir– Published: 20 July 2004
- CBMs: Help or Hindrance for Resolving Kashmir Conflict? – Published: 24 February 2005
- The Kashmir Dispute and Building a Peaceful South Asia – Published: 14 July 2005
- Can the Youth Succeed if Elders Have Failed Them? – Published: 9 August 2005
- Human Security for Kashmiri Pandits – Published: 21 April 2004
- A Symmetrical Inter-constitutent Dialogue – Published: 22 April 2002
- The Fall And Rise Of Farooq Abdullah – Published: 01 October 1996
Presentation at a meeting organized by the Interfaith International on the sidelines of the ninth session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Unlike the sustained uprising in Kashmir in 1990 which was mostly orchestrated by Pakistani trained operatives, the uprising in the summer of 2008 was mostly indigenous, spontaneous and massive. Yet it began and died after ten days of bloody upheaval under rather strange circumstances. What prevented the latest insurgency from becoming a “perfect storm?” The author conducts a post-mortem of the uprising.
Presentation at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution during the conference entitled “The Role of the International Community In Resolving the Kashmir Dispute”, George Mason University, Virginia, USA.
A critical review of past, present and future choices during a speech by Dr. Sazawal at the US Institute for Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC.
Text of speech delivered at the International Kashmir Peace Conference entitled “Peace Initiative in South Asia: Exploring Possible Options for Kashmir”, organized by the Kashmiri American Council, (KAC) held in New York City on February 24-25, 2005.
Text of Dr. Sazawal’s speech at the Kashmiri American Council (KAC) seminar hosted in Washington, D.C.
Kashmiri youth face many challenges today. Apart from traditional challenges faced by the younger generation in any society, Kashmiri youth have to bear the undue burden of growing in a culture of violence and fractured civil order. Even more debilitating is the euphoria in the civil society for role models who have done nothing to merit recognition other than create mayhem and disorder. In effect, parenting has taken on a whole new meaning in today’s Kashmir.
The author was approached by certain Kashmiri Muslim participants attending the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva on April 8, 2004 seeking his views regarding the return of displaced Kashmiri Pandits for publication in an English periodical published in Srinagar. The following is an abbreviated version of the paper provided to the publisher.
A letter sent to the U.S. government officials in the National Security Council (NSC) and the State Department following interactions with Kashmiri Muslims in Geneva and a meeting with a senior Pakistani official in Washington, DC. The letter identifies key human rights and political issues on both sides of the divided Jammu and Kashmir, and proposes concurrent inter-comunity dialogue on both sides with specific goals to establish consensus positions for future negotiations with India and Pakistan.
On June 20. 1994 Dr. Farooq Abdullah, the erstwhile chief minister of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. and I were invited by the Jammu & Kashmir Peace Committee to speak at a function held in the British Parliament with Sir Gerard Vaughan, MP presiding.
3. Presentations at the United Nations in Geneva
- Commission on Human Rights Fifty-seventh Session in Geneva – Published: 11 April 2001
- Integration of Human Development with Improved Relations in South Asia – Published: 10 January 2005
- Intervention in the Second Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council held in Geneva – Published: 27 September 2006
- Second United Nations Human Rights Council Meeting in Geneva – Published: 28 September 2006
- Conflict, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Kashmir – Published: 19 September 2008
Agenda Item 13: Rights of the Child Intervention by Vijay K. Sazawal
The following written Statement was submitted to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) for review and discussion ahead of the 61st session of the Commission in April 2005. The designated document number is E/CN.4/2005/NGO/134 dated March 3, 2005.
Intervention by the author on Agenda Item 2 dealing with global poverty during the Second Session of the Human Rights Council Session (18 September 2006 – 6 October 2006).
“Self-Determination and Self-Governance in Kashmir” — text of speech delivered by the author at the newly re-organized UNHRC’s second meeting in Geneva.
Presentation at a meeting organized by the Interfaith International on the sidelines of the ninth session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in Geneva.
4. Speeches in the U.S. Congress, the British Parliament and at various South Asia Policy think tanks
- Speech delivered at the National Advisory Council on South Asian Affairs (NACSAA) event at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. The meeting consisted of South Asian born policy experts, Washington Think Tanks, and U.S. State Department officials.
- Statement to the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus – Published: 03 August 1992
- Resolving the Kashmir Issue: A Kashmiri Perspective – Published: 20 June 1994
- Violence Against Kashmiri Hindus (Pandits) – Published: 18 September 2000
- The Kashmir Autonomy Resolution And India’s Integrity – Published: 12 October 2000
- Kashmir: Is There A Chance For Peace? – Published: 12 December 2000
- Choices in Kashmir – Published: 18 April 2001
- South Asian Security and US Policy Management – Published: 20 May 2004
- Recovering Pluralism and Citizenship in Kashmir: Possible Solutions – Published: 14 April 2005
- Kashmir Earthquake: Waiting For The Next Jolt – Published: 15 December 2005
- Self-governance and Trans-nationalism in Kashmir – Published: 10 August 2006
- The Limits of Influence: America’s Role in Kashmir – Published 4 June 2009
The Brookings Institution Press has just published Ambassador Howard Schaffer’s valuable treatise on historical American engagement on the Kashmir dispute. Ambassador Schaffer held numerous meetings with the author while the book was being written, and discussed various aspects of the issue involving Kashmiri Pandits. The release of the book provided an opportunity to the Brookings South Asia Program to host Ambassador Schaffer and a select group of South Asia policy experts for an informal discussion to explore options, if any, for a fresh American approach to resolving the dispute. To check the attendee list, as well as Ambassador Schaffer’s personal remarks about the author, please click here.
There was an unanimous view among attendees that direct U.S. involvement was neither needed nor necessary. Both India and Pakistan are, in fact, in the process of reconnecting on both Track-I and Track-II levels, but the key question remains whether or not Pakistan is willing to dismantle its terror infrastructure geared towards India in general, and Kashmir in particular. Various possible incentives to encourage Pakistan to shift its military priorities from Kashmir-centric focus to its western border and tackle its internal strife were also discussed.
The maiden speech and participation by U.S. based Pandit activists in an event organized by the U.S. Congress on the Capitol Hill. Both the Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF) and the U.S.organization that represents Kashmiri separatists were invited to testify. Official records indicated that Kashimiri separatists had hired a prominent Washington lobbying firm named Black, Manafort and Kelly to assist in their campaign at a cost of $500,000 per 6 months (payable in advance), whereas IAKF directors were professionals with regular jobs and no lobbying experience.
IAKF testimony included a letter from the President of the All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) to the United Nation’s General Secretary, Dr. Boutros Ghali, dated April 23, 1992. We also provided a list of the first 100 Pandits martyred in Kashmir from 1988 to April 1990.
This paper was presented in the British Parliament on June 20, 1994 when Dr. Sazawal was invited to speak along with Dr. Farooq Abdullah.
The opening remarks made on behalf of IAKF at a bipartisan breakfast meeting on the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
Prepared testimony for the Hearings on Religious Freedom in India and Pakistan, held by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), www.uscirf.gov, a bipartisan government body composed of twelve appointed commissioners who file reports with the U.S. government on issues pertaining to international religious freedom around the world.
Conference on South Asian Politics University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Panel Discussion on Kashmir, International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) in Washington, DC
Counterpoint to Mr. Yasin Malik, Chairman of the JKLF, during the Kashmir Discussion Series at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.
Presentation to the Kashmir Task Force of the U.S. – India Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC.
Speech made at the annual meeting of the National Advisory Council on South Asian Affairs (NACSAA) in Washington, DC.
Speech delivered at the National Advisory Council on South Asian Affairs (NACSAA) event at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. The meeting consisted of South Asian born policy experts, Washington Think Tanks, and U.S. State Department officials
Remarks delivered at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at The Johns Hopkins University, as summarized by the Henry L. Stimson Center, the only Washington D.C. think tank with an active program for Confidence Building Measures in South Asia.
Counterpoint to Mr. Yasin Malik, Chairman of the JKLF, on the Kashmir issue at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC.
5. Speeches and Presentations to Kashmiri Pandit Audiences
- Analysis of Census Data regarding Pandit Families living in the Valley 2009-2010 – Published: June 2010
- Political Update: Kashmir – Published: 27 March 2008
- Protecting Kashmiri Ethos by Preserving Pandit Identity in the Valley. – Published: 10 February 2008
- So you do not want to return permanently to Kashmir, what’s next? – Published: 31 December 2007
- Ushering New Hope For Disfranchised Kashmiri Pandit Refugees – Published: 30 April 2006
- Towards a Self-Reliant Pandit Community – Published: 15 August 2005
- A New Focus, a New Vision – Published: 16 January 2000
- The Politics of the Internally Displaced – Published: 28 January 1999
- Kashmiri Pandits Demand A Homeland – Published: 01 January 1996
- A Strategy Document for Panun Kashmir (1993) – Published: 10 May 1993
- Understanding World Geopolitics & Its Impact On Kashmir – Published: 22 February 1992
The attached analysis is based on the raw census data collected by the Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS), a valley based group, and subsequently investigated by the author. It has been provided to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and to the Group of Interlocutors for Jammu & Kashmir in New Delhi on 23 March 2011.
There is always politics in the air where the State of Jammu and Kashmir (Kashmir for short) is concerned. But certain recent events have put a new spin on the old game of what is brewing next in Kashmir. This article appears in the April 2008 issue of the “Shehjar”, the on-line journal published by the community.
The “Vision Statement” emanating from a Roundtable discussion on preserving Kashmiri Pandit (KP) identity in the Kashmir valley. The meeting was organized by activists from KP community of Northern California to which the author was invited. The meeting took place in the San Jose Hindu Temple on February 10, 2008.
The author addresses future options for Kashmiri Pandits in the 31 December 2007 issue of the “Shehjar”, the on-line journal published by the community.
Presentation at the Kashmir Secular Alliance (KSA) Seminar on April 30, 2006 in Jammu, J&K
Internal perspective on the Kashmiri Pandit community, presented at the Chandigarh (India) meeting of the All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) on 4th September 2005.
A historical perspective on Kashmiri Pandits published in the Kashmiri Samiti Delhi (KSD) monthly journal, “Koshur Samachar”, New Delhi, April 2000
Kashmiri Pandits being recognized as Internally Displaced by various agencies of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was relatively easy. Creating political sophistication in Pandits to take advantage of such recognition is however an entirely different matter. The following commentary published in the Daily Excelsior, a major daily newspaper in J&K, decribes the first visit by a UNHRC representative to Pandit refugee camps in 1998.
The year is 1492. King Ferdinand of Spain has given the Jews of Spain a choice – either convert to christianity or leave the country. Some 200,000 Jews flee for their lives. Half a world away, in Kashmir, the Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) are faring no better. Update of the essay originally written in 1993.
At the request of the original core team heading the Panun Kashmir organization in Jammu (J&K), the author prepared a 1-page strategy document for an executive discussion in May 1993. While some elements of the strategy were eventually implemented, most were not as the core team split up and various factions pursued obfuscating goals. The author, who served as the first overseas coordinator of Panun Kashmir, resigned from the organization in 1996. The document was a template for creation of a political entity that remains the unrealized dream of Kashmiri Pandits even now.
This article describes sweeping changes taking place around the world as a result of the demise of the soviet empire and the emergence of radical Islam, and both factors have serious implications on peace and security in Jammu and Kashmir
6. Archival Records including Correspondence With Various Governments, Civil Society and Advocacy Groups
- Letter to the Chairman of J&K State Autonomy Committee – Published: 21 January 1997
- Letter to and Response from the New York Times newspaper on Anantnag Communal riots in February 1986 – Published: 10 March 1986
- Letter to the Indian Prime Minister following a private meeting at his official residence on January 18, 2006 – Published: 27 January 2006
- Memorandum presented to the Indian Prime Minister during a meeting in Washington, DC on November 25, 2009 – Published: 24 November 2006
- Memorandum presented to the Indian Defense Minister (Raksha Mantri) during a meeting in Washington, DC on September 26, 2010 – Published: 26 September 2010
- The Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Religious Places (Management and Regulation) Bill, 2008, as published in the Jammu & Kashmir Government Gazette – Published : 9 January 2008The proposed Bill, however,was not introduced in the Budget Session 2008 of the J&K Legislative Assembly as was promised and no explanation is forthcoming from the J&K Government.
- Jammu & Kashmir Government order restraining Sale and Purchase of land belonging to Religious Institutions of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir Valley – Published: 16 April 2008J&K Government passed an order that any future sales of any Shrine property by its management must be approved by a Deputy Commissioner (DC) before a Tehsildar implements any changes in a legal deed. The directive also directs DC’s to review past sales involving Shrine properties.
- Presentation of two reports on status of Kashmiri Pandits still resident in the Valley to the Chief Minister, J&K – 8 January 2009Two inter-related reports on the welfare and needs of Kashmiri Pandits that continue to live in the valley – one written by the author following his trip to the valley in December 2006, and the other by Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, the present Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), Government of India, dated July 2008 – were presented to the new Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Omar Abdullah, in the Hari Niwas, Srinagar, on January 8, 2009.
- Response from the J&K Government to the official report on valley based Pandits written by Mr. Wajahat Habibullah – Published: 16 December 2009Mr. G. M. Rather, Special Secretary to the Revenue Department, J&K Government, sent a letter dated 16 December 2009 to the Union Home Ministry in New Delhi, responding to key recommendations of the Habibullah Report dated 7 July 2008.
- Indian Parliament Report on Rehabilitation of Displaced Kashmiri Pandits – Published: 13 February 2009The Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs constituted a Sub-Committee on Civil Defense and Rehabilitation of Jammu &Kashmir Internally Displaced People (“Migrants”) on April 13, 2007. Members of the Sub-Committee are (as of May 26, 2008) the following members of Parliament: S. S. Ahluwalia (Jharkhand), R. C. Khuntia (Orissa), S. C. Misra (Uttar Pradesh), Sachin Pilot (Rajasthan), and Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo (Orissa). The report was presented to the Rajya Sabha on February 13, 2009, and laid on the table of the Lok Sabha on the same date.For the Full Report click hereFor Summary and Conclusions of the report click here
- The Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2009 – Published 20 March 2009The new RTI Act was passed by the J&K Legislative Assembly on March 9, 2009, and a few days later was approved by the Legislative Council. The Act upon the consent of the Governor on March, 20, 2009 is now a state law.The RTI Act has five (5) Chapters. Chapter I, titled “Preliminary,” describes key definitions used in the Act. Chapter II, titled “Right to Information and Obligations of Public Authorities,” describes the kind of information made available under the Act, and the process that public must follow to gain access to information of interest. Chapter III, titled, “The State Information Commission,” describes the structure and make up of the State Information Commission (SIC) responsible for implementing the Act. Chapter IV, titled, “Powers and Functions of the Information Commission, Appeal and Penalties,” describes SIC’s authority in ensuring the law is followed openly and fairly, and the appeals process available to public for redressing grievances. Chapter V, titled, “Miscellaneous,” describes certain restrictions on accessing information involving national security, and describes monitoring and reporting requirements under the Act.The RTI Act consists of 32 pages. First 15 pages, consisting of Chapters I and II, can be accessed by clicking below. The full text of the Act is available on the J&K Government website.For Chapters I and II of the J&K RTI Act of 2009, click here
- Letter from the Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to the J&K Government on granting minority status to religious and ethnic minorities within J&K – Published 7 September 2011Shri Wajahat Habibullah, Chairman of the NCM has written to Shri Ali Mohammad Sagar, the Law Minister, J&K Government, and recommended that the J&K State consider extension of NCM Act 1992 to the State of J&K. by making a recommendation to the President that an amendment be made to the NCM Act 1992 to make the Act applicable to the State of J&K.To read the letter, click here
- NEW Indian Parliament Report on Rehabilitation of Displaced Kashmiri Pandits: Action Taken Report (ATR) by the Government on Recommendations Contained in the 137th Report of the Parliament of India – Published 19 February 2014The Subcommittee of the Parliament of India on Action Taken on the 137th Report on Rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits (issued on February 13, 2009, and listed under item e above) was Chaired by Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu (Rajya Sabha), with Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Rajya Sabha) and Shri Naveen Jindal (Lok Sabha) as Co-Convenors. The 179th Report of the Parliament was presented to the Rajya Sabha on February 19, 2014, and laid on the table of the Lok Sabha on the same date.For the full report, please click here.
8. In Appreciation
- Memories of an Ordinary Man Who Lived an Extraordinary Life – Published: 20 October 2005A remembrance of a man with humble beginnings whose vision far exceeded his geographically small world constrained by family traditions and Kashmir’s culture of sycophancy. The author recalls the life and times of his late father to an audience of young people in Kashmir.
- Dad’s Recipe for Happy and Healthy Living – Published: 1 January 1999Author offers worldly advice to his children, embellishing on a “motto” that author’s grandfather handed to him during one of the family visits to Kashmir.
Gulmarg in Winter
Chatti Padshah Gurudwara
Shiv Temple located on the ancient Jyeshteshwar shrine built by King Sandhiman (2605 – 2540 B.C.), refurbished by Kings Jaluka in 200 B.C. and Gopaditya in the 4th Century. Named after the famous Hindu philosopher Adi Shankaracharya who visited the temple in early 9th Century A.D.
Terracotta from Harwan
The town of Harwan, located 18 kilometers from Srinagar, was a flourishing Buddhist sanctuary during the Kushan period (2nd to 4th Century). The name of the town is a contraction of “Shadarhadvana”, meaning “Grove of the Six Saints”. The great Buddhist Council that reconciled 18 different schools of Buddhism was held in Harwan. The terracotta tile was most probably produced during the reign of King Huvishk in the late 2nd Century, who also founded Huvishkapura near the current town of Baramula.