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Norwegian Rafto Foundation has acknowledged the two most influential human rights defenders from Kashmir, Parveena Ahangar and Imroz Parvez, with a joint award.

 

The most read news published in several daily newspapers and their online editions in last few days has been those of braid-cutting incidents that are spreading from one district to another.

 

 

During the budget session of the legislative assembly, the Chief Minister informed the  House about state’s missing children. According to her, as many as 162 children have gone missing in the past three years.

 

The two-day visit to Kashmir by a Congress team headed by Dr Manmohan Singh team has called for restoration  of the dialogue with the separatists to address the ongoing turmoil in the state.

 

Mankind is no stranger to wars, and the brutal reality in wars is the fact that civilians are the biggest sufferers. In the two World Wars, military casualties are estimated at 30 million but civilian casualties were double that number.

 

In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestured to a more compassionate policy on Kashmir when he said that the war against separatism would be won “neither by abuse nor bullets but by embracing all Kashmiris”.

 

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is in J&K and he is holding meetings  with various delegations to  get a sense of the prevailing troubled situation in the state and seek suggestions about improving it.

 

Very disturbing reports about plight of detainees in various jails have been received. The reports pertain to psychological torture of the detainees and denial of medicare to them. The persecution continues unabated notwithstanding the directions of the High Court seeking implementation of the jail manual in letter and spirit.

 

It is the fourth generation of Kashmiris that is experiencing humiliation, plight and agony because of the partition of their land and severe mistreatment at the hands of the occupants.

 

The two ideologically divergent ruling partners - the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - in Jammu and Kashmir are headed for a showdown as the debate over the abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution of India heats up.

 


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