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Kashmir's International Context

The ground reaction right now in Kashmir is that leadership inside the territory has not been  successful in giving a launchpad towards a productive conflict discourse internationally. Many expatriates in the past have been working to raise the issue like the Mirpuri diaspora and some Kashmiri expatriates from Indian administered Kashmir are working for an ontogeny of Kashmir's resolution.

The reasons can be many. The most important which we can think is the lack of co-ordination between the Kashmiri people all over the world who are of the opinion that Kashmir's resolution is still a pending issue.


While many leaders in Kashmir would argue about their successful political stunts, the reality still remains that there seems to be a hesitancy to make a political progress because geo-strategical politics in the region have not been stable for a while. Pakistan is in a transition right now. They are banking on representative democracy and army co-ordination to emancipate as a stab…

Rethinking Kashmiri Leadership

Kashmir has seen a proliferation of conflict, yet responsible leadership is not yet understood by many of the leaders representing us. Rather, the so called ‘electoral leaders’ are trying to project Kashmir, through their manufactured representative democracy, from a ‘conflict state’ to a ‘post conflict state.’ The rationality given towards this exercise is the relevance of economic prosperity replacing the genuine political aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
The requisite for the transition of Kashmir from a ‘conflict state’ to a ‘post conflict state’ requires immense reconciliation. Not just through realising justice, but also achieving the practical means to do so. For the Kashmiri leadership at the electoral level, the path of political accommodation through encompassing the mutual conciliation around competing political views and interests will help in minimising the conflict dynamics of the region. For this to happen, experience and competence in measuring the equity of true pol…

Kashmir's Media Bias

Also published on ViewPoint, Rising Kashmir

When people are pervaded with a political conflict, we see its fulfillment through the emergence of a systematic propaganda - we have the Indian State that has monopolised power to control the sentiment of masses in a place like Kashmir. As media watchers, our public or journalists should know that that there is some kind of official sponsorship in censorship reigning at top Indian news channels, on issues that ignite the sentiment which the Indian State wants to periodically challenge through oppressive means.
Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman in Manufacturing Consent (1994) state that there is an elite domination of the media and marginalisation of dissidents, that make these media outlets realise that they ‘function and interpret the news objectively’ and on the basis of ‘professional news value.’ The radio and TV companies all require government control. There are even political ties in media policies - this trait is bias for dissenters who a…