Score one for Kashmir – Jai Ho!

Yay!!! I just found out that Swami Agnivesh led a team of human rights activists to Kashmir and has stated in no uncertain terms: We are concerned over the obtaining situation in the valley for the past nearly three months. We are lodging our protest against the oppressive measures against the innocent people. My heart has been breaking for the Kashmiris for so many days as I waited for someone to get into being humane.…

"Score one for Kashmir – Jai Ho!"

Peddling God

I had never thought that I would criticize aid coming into Pakistani flood victims. When I read about banned organizations offering aid, my first thought was “Great! All help welcome.” I got the reasoning about why they should be banned, though my thinking was that keeping people alive should have been more important. No one is asking that they be funded. They obviously have the money – isn’t it better that they hand it out…

"Peddling God"

POK and IHK

I was just looking at the different things Kashmir wants, and it seems quite obvious that India seems to be better at ensuring the welfare of the Kashmiris. Was wondering, idly of course, is it possible for us to trust the Kashmiris to make responsible choices and announce  a plebicide? Honestly, if we are able to fix the violence inflicted by the police and army on the locals, I don’t think we are doing anything…

"POK and IHK"

Strategy for dealing with stone pelting

Okay, so these teens insist they are attacking only the armed forces. Why not send a bunch of civilian volunteers to talk? Journalists, general adrenaline addicts… people who understand that there is a risk, but are willing to take it in the name of connecting with that bunch there. They can take along some stuff of their own. Posters, video cameras for interviews, etc. The stone pelters want publicity, we drown them in it. As…

"Strategy for dealing with stone pelting"

To the government

Important – to the ‘opposition’ and other non ‘ruling’: We understand that you are politicians, and finger pointing is your job so that weak links become visible. However, there are ways to do it, and publicly discrediting a government already overwhelmed with a challenge is not the time to undermine them. You aren’t doing the country you are supposedly looking out for any favours by cutting down the people in charge. If, as you say this is…

"To the government"

Kashmir and the future

We have people up in arms in Kashmir. We have the army being blamed for their misery. We have politicians out of stock on meaningful ideas. I think that if we need to move on from this limbo, we need to stop pointing fingers. I am not speaking of specific people, because silence is complicity. There was absolutely nothing stopping anyone, anywhere yelling “wait!!! why are these kids being killed?” God knows there is enough…

"Kashmir and the future"