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no.18, Fall 2000-Winter 2001

  Zia Mian and A.H. Nayyar
  KN Panikkar
  Feroz Mehdi
  Beena Sarwart
  Parwez Hafeez
  Daya Varma
  Ashim Chatterjee
  Communalism Combat


Many opponents to any Kashmir solution Many propositions to resolve the Kashmir problem have come from time to time, independence with certain guarantees to both India and Pakistan, accession to Pakistan possibly involving a division of J&K along sectarian lines, and autonomy within Indian sovereignty as recentlyproposed by the Chief Minister Mr. Farooq Abdullah. However, a solution is meaningful only within the context of ground realities, which cannot change overnight.

Breaking Indo-Pak Impasse: Open talks with Musharraf One doesn't have to be either a Pervez Musharraf admirer or a naïve believer in the inevitability of amicable relations between India and Pakistan to note the significance of the overtures Pakistan's chief executive (CE) has been making to New Delhi.

Cease-Fire in Kashmir: Will it lead to sustainable peace? Hizbul Mujahideen, one of the "top" militant groups of Jammu and Kashmir declared cease fire unilaterally on July 24, 2000. Government of India responded to the offer of Hizbul in a positive manner. The cease-fire offer and the response of the government of India has generated guarded optimism in the valley, while other militant organizations and the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) have criticized Hizbul Mujahideen for the offer of "cease-fire".

Civil Society Dialogue on Human Rights, Justice and Peace in Jammu and Kashmir June 10-11, Srinagar (J & K) After 11 years of silence and deepening mistrust, civil society actors and groups form various parts of India and Jammu and Kashmir took the initiative to link up across the divide and wrest back the "lost" space for civil and humanitarian initiative for justice, peace and human rights in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).




Fifth Joint Convention of Pak-India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy Meeting in critical time of war, threats of war, nuclearization, and the persistent obstacles placed in the path of the assembly of the peace loving peoples of the two countries.

Sikhism : Religion or a Sect Recently RSS Chief K. Sudarshan while participating in the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (Sangat) Convention in Amritsar said that Sikhism is a sect of Hinduism, Khalsa is a part of mainstream Hinduism and that Sikhism was created to protect Hinduism from Mughal tyranny.

Time for Alternatives to Violence in Kashmir One of the first prerequisites for fruitful talks between the government of India and the dissident leaders of Kashmir, which are being speculated about in the media after the release of the Hurriyat leaders, is de-escalation of violence in the state. Or that should be the first item of the agenda of the proposed talks.

The value of symbolism: Jt. Conventions of Pak-India Peoples Forum The irony can not be missed and so too its political significance- at a time when the Indian government is self righteously determined to freeze, atrophy and indeed break off links with Pakistan, bilaterally and internationally, 200 Pakistani citizens with non reporting visas came to Bangalore to jointly assert with Indian citizens, the existence of a cross border peace constituency which will not be denied.

VHP, India's Hindu Nazi Outfit Liquidating the Minorities

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