The turquoise shimmering waters ,snow capped mountains ,dense forests and glorious flora and fauna of Kashmir –– the Paradise lost to Kashmiri Pandits, who were victims of ethnic cleansing from the valley by the Pakistani terrorists aided and abetted by pro Pakistani elements within the valley ,killing more than thousand of innocent Pandits way back in Dec 1989 and early 1990.

The phenomenon is repugnant of grave atrocities inflicting gruesome violence upon the women, thereby bruising and hurting the pride of the community .

The Kashmiri Pandits were left with no option than to flee the valley to become refugees in their own country.

In Jammu ,the Pandits were not welcome .

The locals feared that being upright and intelligent community ,they would usurp the jobs especially government ones of the locals.

When some migrant medical students ,numbering around85 , were re-admitted in the Jammu Medical college ,the locals grouped together and went on a flash strike supported by BJP. The strike lasted for two weeks.

The BJP local leaders declared that Kashmiri Pandits could live in Jammu as “Guests” only and issued a warning to the then Union Home Minister Mufti Sayeed and the Governor Mr G.C Saxena against the further influx of Kashmiri Pandits into Jammu.

Majority of Kashmiri pandits eventually settled in all Indian states .

However Maharashtra ,Karnataka were two states to welcome Kashmiri pandits offering admissions in professional colleges and with basic facilities for resettlement.

Delhi and other adjoining states followed the suite to receive and provide means to settle Pandits in large numbers.


Now after nearly 30 years of wilderness ,majority of  Pandits believe that their birthland ,Kashmir, a paradise , is lost for ever.


The National Political Parties are playing blame game and not paying any heed to the question of rehabilitation of Pandits in the valley.

The Parties like National Conference and PDP are in doldrums for their vacillating policy on the Kashmir impasse.

The move to boycott the Urban and Panchayat polls by both PDP and National Conference is defeat for both ,the centre and the main regional parties ,as the ultimate goal lies in fostering better relationship between Srinagar and New Delhi.

In absence of the main leaders ,Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti ,the centre hopes that new leaders may emerge from the grass roots to challenge the hegemony of these leaders.

A large number of Kashmiri Pandits in sheer desperation ,bitterness , and harbouring a feeling of being left out by the Congress in the hour of distress, inched towards BJP.

Reposing faith in the rheotrics of Prime Minister Narender Modi who addressed  a rally in Samba in December 2014,pledging to the settlement of Pandits in the valley.


There afterwards  Prime Minister Narender Modiji and his entourage Mr Amit Shah

maintained a stoic silence on the issue todate.


Consequently Pandits feel cheated and have no recourse to give vent to their feelings.

By now it must be clear  to all  that going back on the promises pledges made  as hardly surprising.

The Pandits do not count a vote bank for any Political Party as such. The number is so minuscule to attract any attention.

 The question of rehabilitation was an easy trap to wean away Pandits from the strong fold of Congress.

It is foregone conclusion that BJP is going to use the same rhetoric for Pandits in the 2019 elections. as well.

The exodus Pandit Card is being used by the Central Govt to browbeat Pakistan in International forums like UN ,SAARC, Etc. and nothing else.


 Pandit’s Dilemma

Much water has flown under the seven Jhelum bridges since 1989/90.

Apparently under the prevailing circumtances the situation is not conducive for the Pandits to go back to the valley.

All of us know that the situation is worse than what was in 1990.

The youth of Kashmir being radicalized by the masterminds of terrorism in Pakistan is posing a grave threat to the peace in the valley. The policy of repression followed by the Govt of India may have added more fuel to the rise of violence and need concrete  strategy to douse the fire of vengeance.

The lives of even reticent peace loving Kashmiri Muslim are  miserable who  otherwise are eager to seek peace and tranquility . They need to muster courage to stand up against the militants and help the Central authorities to thwart the   acts of violence.


Due to lack of definite policy,strategy The militants across the border have been killing both Army and the J&K police personnel in large numbers every day.

The recent gruesome killing of Policemen, Nissar Ahmad, and SPOs Firdous Ahmad, and Kulwant singh in Batagund and adjoining areas of Shopian

has shaken the 1.2 lakh strong contingent of Jammu and Kashmir police force, with six SPOs announcing their resignations on social media.

The abrogation of Article 370 may prompt Kashmiri Pandits to move to the valley for good.

But who has the courage and determination to do it.

The BJP, being in opposition hollered from the roof tops for doing away with the Article 370 ,but now in power for more than 4 years lacks the lion’s courage to implement it.

The muscular military policy persuaded by the Centre has yielded no positive results so far .


The truth stands only reconciliation on give and take basis between New Delhi and Srinagar can cement the relations permanently.

The wait for permanent settlement of Kashmiri Pandits seems long one, as very few acknowledge the pain suffered by them.



Assault on City of Ghazni


Afghanistan continues to be in turmoil ,having no respite whatsoever, the latest  assault (midnight11th August 2018) on the city of Ghazni, engulfing almost all city’s 19 districts ,was most planned lethal operation on Nationwide scale by Taliban.

The City of Ghazni ,less than 100 miles from the capital Kabul ,was literary burning ,as Taliban laid siege to the city in a surprise attack, pounding with bomb craters capturing the districts ,thereby ravaging the provincial capital city to shreds.

The carnage and devastating war remains in the city of 1,50,000 were eye sore for the Afghans .

The Afghan soldiers numbering 1500 no match to the massive onslaught of Taliban and struggling to contain the resurgent Taliban.

As per TIME an average of 7 adults and two children out of ten were killed every day in the past six months of this year.

The figures show 2018 as the deadliest year of the war.

The battle of Ghazni did not come out of the blue.

Five of the US special forces teams along with 150 Afghan commands had left the City to fight ISISK—ISISKhorasan, an offshoot of Syrian based Terrorist group operating in Afghanistan since 2015,. ISISK had terrorised the people in Nangarhar provinces ,through executions , attacking Govt buildings , including a suicide bombings.

The group conducted suicide boming at a Kabul education centre killing dozens of people instantly.

The joint operation carried successfully to quell the ISISK attack by killing around 200 fighters and freeing the occupied territories.                                                          Source Time

The leader of Islamic state (ISISK) group Abu Saad Erhabi,the fourth leader to be killed in the joint attack on the group’s hide out in Nangarhar province.                        source(BBC)


The Taliban took advantage of the absence of US special forces in the city of Ghazni and sneaked in stealthily with weapons and fighters with the connivance of some security guards guarding the city borders.

The Taliban insurgents attacked Govt buildings, destroyed Telecommunication center, burnt down the TV station in one go, thus bringing the throbbing City to a grinding halt.

The US special operations Command responded instantly by deploying 12 –man Green Beret Teams from Ist special Forces group along with Afghan Forces ,knowing well to take alternative longer route because of land mines being planted along the main  road to the Ghazni city.

The US and Afghan joint forces fought relentlessly for five consecutive days to inflict severe damages on the Taliban vehicles and fighters and occupied the make shift post on the outskirts of the city.

The Taliban fighters retreated and the fighting had died down significantly.

The Afghan Soldiers supported by American special forces aided by Fighters -16, MQ Reaper aerial drones fought   fiercely and routed the enemy completely within five days. The Afghan Forces and American special forces of joint operation pushed deeper into the city further to drive out the Taliban completely from the city areas occupied temporarily.

Nearly 226 Taliban insurgents were killed in the operation .


“Tactically, operationally and strategically, the Taliban achieved nothing with this failed attack except another eye-catching, but inconsequential headline,” said U.S. Army Lieut. Colonel Martin O’Donnell, spokesman for the U.S.-led international military coalition in Kabul

  Brigadier General Dadan Lawang, the commander of the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Corps, said that 112 Afghan military and police were killed, and 56 were wounded. He said his team was reviewing its security posture to guard against future attacks. “We need to ensure this never happens again,” he says.                                            source Time



Afghanistan is rattling with war for over two decades with little or no hope of peace.

The Trump administration’s long military strategy  defending the population areas ,leaving remote countryside to Taliban does not seem to be in tune with ground realties.

The President of Afghanistan Mr Ashraf Ghani on August 17 blamed Pakistan for the Ghazni attack by Taliban. “ the Taliban fighters are streaming back across Pakistan borders.” He said angrily looking at the devastations caused in the city of Ghazni.

The Taliban need to be annihilated for good.

The Afghanistan needs to seal borders completely and through diplomatic channels bring pressure on Pakistan through other Muslim friendly countries to desist from assisting Taliban .

Trump needs to seize the opportunity to usher peace to the ravaged country by providing technical  assistance in insulating borders to stop insurgents crossing over to Afghanistan apart from the current military partnership already in place.











From the stunning hug and cheeky wink it is as clear as summer’s sunny day that Rahul Gandhi is a force to reckon with and ready to take on Modi on an even keel in one to one fight in Lok Sabha elections of 2019.

Throwing off his ‘shehzada’ ‘Pappu’ mantle into political dustbin, Rahul Gandhi marches ahead from Hussar to General in his forays of India’s political leadership.

Rahul Gandhi ‘s soul stirring incisive speech with relentless attack on the Prime Minister Mr Modiji during the no- confidence motion debate sets the tone for the battle lines being drawn.

The aggressive pitch of his speech highlighting relevant Govt failures convinced the treasury benches apart from the opposition, that novice Rahul Gandhi is gone and a leader with confidence, conviction and compassion has finally arrived on Indian political scene.

Let us analyse the profile of Rahul

After making a scathing attack, Rahul Gandhi’s snuggle hugging Prime Minister Modiji ,demonstrated that political differences need not impair the relations and respect for one another in the vituperative political atmosphere.

A definitely good gesture on part of Rahul Gandhi but Modiji did not reciprocate the same, instead made butt of the joke in his speech and thus demonstrated his lack of political statesmanship essential for a leader of his stature.

But Rahul Gandhi has managed to rattle Modi and gave enough reason to everybody to define Rahul with more clarity and leadership acumen.

The fact is that both Modiji and Amit shah are constantly attacking ,browbeating Rahul demonstrates clearly that his stature has grown in their eyes and perceive him as a potent threat to them.

Also,whenever BJP gets an opportunity to belittle Rahul ,they do not leave anything to chance but vociferously assail him and malign him to their fill.


For instance an Urdu daily Inquilab reported that Rahul Gandhi saying that the congress was a party of Muslims, although a gross misrepresentation of his conversation with a group of intellectual Muslims, BJP demanded explanation from Rahul so much so taunting him for claiming a Shiv Bakht on one hand and simultaneously hobnobbing with Muslim intellectuals on the other hand.

These erratic actions on part of the ruling party has propelled Rahul Gandhi to the center stage and given him reason to imbibe confidence by asserting that he and his party ,the Congress, stand for all marginalized people irrespective of caste color and creed.

 Clearly the battle for 2019 elections are announced.

Modi recently flared up at an investment summit in Lucknow ,stating he was not afraid of aligning with businessmen, as the nation building requires “joint efforts of industralists,as well as farmers,workers,bankers and civil servants”

Lambasting at Congress UPA coalition in 2014 election as scam bunch and talked proudly of his success in cooking Congress’s goose then.

The million dollar question is ;Will BJP repeat the election success in 2019.?

Perhaps not. The Modi Govt has failed to live up to the expectations of deliverance of good governance in totality.

In fact has done little to tone up economic growth beyond 6% to 7% .

The promise of new India free from corruption and capital cronyism has not been eventually realized.

Instead mob lynchings in name of cow protection ,rape of women ,communal divide and victimization of Dalits have become almost order of the day.

.Demonetisation was bungled badly The good economic reform GST was badly implemented. The price rise of oils petrol and diesel has put people on the mat.


Rahul Gandhi has started mobilizing the opposition including Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati by upholding the democratic values and declared that Congress is willing to accept any non-RSS backed Prime Ministerial Candidate ,depending upon the outcome of elections in 2019.

He is fast imbibing the nuances of political manoeuvres  to project himself as a kind large hearted political opponent to Modi.

On Saturday ,August 4 in a bid to show unity Rahul Gandhi shared plateform and also spoke at the opposition congegration “opposition stands united” against BJP’s “assault” on India’s history and culture.

Taking on Nitish Rahul said “if Bihar chief Minister is actually ashamed of the sexual abuse on minor girls,it should be reflected in his actions.” “ we arehere to send a message we are with women and children ,we are not going backtrack.” He said.

With the sexual abuse cases at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur (Bihar),the event being organized by RJD at Jantar Mantar, Delhi , the protest venue .

Tejashwi  of RJD said “ the state govt has completely failed to maintain law and order. This dharna is not political one but only those who want perpetrators of the crime to be punished have come together.” He concluded

Thus the election in 2019 may not be easy cakewalk for Mr Modi as in 2014 as resurgent Rahul Gandhi poses a determined threat.



Rahul Gandhi ,a polite graceful leader is seen as a messiah , talisman by the downtrodden harassed ,traumatised Indians and more than that he is cleansing Congress of partisan thus a great solace to multitudes for perceiving a better India bereft of hate, violence in name of religion caste and divisive politics.
























Much awaited meeting

 The President Donald Trump’s much awaited crucial meeting with President Vladmir V. Putin in Helsinki ,Finland on July 16 ended with a note of assurance for building a better future relations amongst the two world powers .

The meeting began with President Trump a bit restive and President Putin putting on a stony look.

But Flamboyant President Trump took the lead to break the ice by congratulating President Putin on a really great Soccer world cup   “One of the best ever what everybody tells me. And for your team ,itself, doing so well.” And thereafter the meeting went on smoothly .




Trump and Putin addressing News Conference. 16TH JULY 2018.


Afterward , the two leaders held press conference where both addressed to the accusations that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

Mr Putin said in response to a question at the news conference “ President Trump mentioned the so called interference of Russia in the American elections.I had to reiterate things I said several times that the Russian State

has never interfered and is not to interfere in the internal affairs of America including the election process.”

Mr Trump replied when asked whether he believed his American agencies ,which allege that Russia interfered in 2016 United States elections or Putin.

“ They think is Russia .I have President Putin – he just said it is not Russia ,I do not see any reason why it would be”

Mr Trump regarded it as ‘ misconduct of Democrats during the campaign.’

Mr Putin took more frontal approach “ As to who is to be believed ,as to who is not to be believed ,you can trust no one .

Where did you got this idea that President Trump trusts me or that I trust him. He defends the interests of United States of America and I defend the interests of the Russian Federation. We do have interests in common and we are looking for points of contact”


Trump said “ what he did is an incredible offer. He offered to have the people working as on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people .I think that is an incredible offer.”


In a later tweet Mr Trump wrote “ As I said today and many times before, ‘I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people’. However , I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future , we cannot focus on the past — as the world’s two ,largest powers , we must get along”.

On Monday in a couple of Tweets Mr Trump branded the special Counsel Investigation into Russia’s election interference “Rigged Witch Hunt . Many years of U.S foolishness and stupidity .”

He even clarified “ I hold both countries responsible . I think United States has been foolish . I think we all have been foolish”

He continued further ,” our relationship has never been worse than it is now .However that changed as of about four hours ago. I really believe that.”


But back home some Senators ,both Republican as well as Democrats echoed discontentment , remorse and a silent protest through Tweets.


Jeff Flake , a retiring Senator from Arizona said on a Twitter

“ I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful”.


Senator Ben Sasse, Republican from Nebraska said “This is bizarre and flat out wrong.”   “The United States not to be blamed.” he concluded.

Representative Justin Amash from Michigan put on Twitter “A person can be in favour of improving relations with Russia ,in favour of meeting with Putin and still think something is not right.”

Democrats spoke more brazenly.

Senator Edward .J. Markey of Massachusetts called Mr Trump’s performance as “national embarrassment”        


Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on the press Conference that Moscow and Washington could cooperate to reduce volatility in the oil market thus making US a sort of silent partner in OPEC .

Sources NYT/WashingtonPost




President Tump ,however naive and egomaniac at times , deserves kudos for taking on one –on –one meeting with his counter part Mr Putin to improve relations and cooperation between two powerful Nations to foster much needed peace and thus ensure a better future and tackle global problems on hand with determination , despite areas of disagreement.


The annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by Russia and Trump’s withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal are some of the many areas of disagreement to address to.

However Mr Putin was glad to admit that the war in Syria could be “the first showcase example of successful joint work” between two countries.

In this era of strong man politics,fear ,resentment ,xenophobia and bigotry around the world ,Mr Trump took courage in his both hands to meet President Putin for well meaning meeting.

Mr Trump is a leader who believes in making things happen rather than beating about the bush.

Mr Putin must be equally glad to be in the club of global leaders.




Indira Gandhi ,India’s most powerful Prime Minister earned the epithet of Goddess Durga after winning the war of 1971 with Pakistan .

She dismembered the belligerent Pakistan into two distinct nations , Bangladesh and present Pakistan ,bruising further its pride by making 90,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendering to the Indian Army.

Pakistan was in a shambles.

Winning a spectacular victory in the general elections in 1971, Indira Gandhi had become the most popular leader with the people showering love and affection from every nook and corner of the country.Her popularity among the Indian masses was unbelievable and reached its zenith.

The opposition gathered momentum, after being decimated in the general elections , especially under the stalwarts ,Morarji Desai , Atal Bihar vajpayee, L.K.Advani and Jayprakash Narain popularly known as JP,   the slogan of “Indira Hatao” became more strident day in and day out.

Indira Gandhi sensed the trouble brewing and in a bid to cling to power she decided to act swiftly.

Nearly 43 years ago(25th June 1975) the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed emergency by making announcement on All India Radio “ The President has declared a state of emergency. There is no need to panic”

Within hours all opposition leaders including the stalwarts L.K.Advani, Morarji Desai, Atal Vajpayee, and veteran freedom fighter Jai Prakash Narayan , with scores of junior senior leaders were put behind the bars.

Hush fell on the country and a strange fear, never experienced before ,gripped the Nation .

It would be interesting to understand and analyse the reasons for then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for imposing the emergency.

The reasons could be as follows

Hunger for power

In democracy it is always dangerous to eulogize a person to deific stature, thereby allowing him to concentrate power and pelf leading ultimately to the authoritarian rule, harmful to the pluralism inclusive society and the people at large.

This is what happened to Indira Gandhi. She became authoritarian and wanted to cling to power by any means fair or foul.

Morarji Desai factor in Gujrat.

Morarji Desai losing out twice(1967 and 1971) to Indira Gandhi in the race for Prime Ministership , nurtured a deep rancour in his heart and in a bid to take revenge supported the student agitation of L.D.College of Engineering in Ahmadabad so much so that he launched fast unto death agitation in support of the student demands. The main demand ,among others ,was dismissal of Chiman bhai Patel Govt.

Indira Gandhi blinked and put Gujrat under the President’s rule in February 1974.

Bihar Student Agitation.

The students of Patna University launched an agitational movement in Bihar in March 1974. The agitation flared up with the students of other universities joining the fray.. But Abdul Ghafoor government repressed it with iron hands.

J P Narayan, the veteran Gandhian leapt out of his political hibernation ,and led the student movement describing it as “Total revolution” to overthrow Indira Gandhi regime.

JP’s leading the students movement  spreading to other states assumed  a national campaign .

JP Narrain and Morarji Desai organised a rally at Ramlila   Maidan in New Delhi on June 25, 1975 .At this rally, JP made a call to army and police not to follow the orders of Indira Gandhi government.

Morarji Desai declared , “We intend to overthrow her, force her to resign”   “the lady won’t survive our movement.” He concluded angrily.

Raj Narain Petition

Raj Narain ,after defeat in 1971 , filed a petition in Allahabad High Court contesting the victory of Indira Gandhi from Rai Bareilly Constitution on the plea of malpractices  by misusing her official position,

On June 12 1975 ,Allahabad High Court delivered verdict against Indira Gandhi ,holding her guilty of malpractices.

The order was subject to appeal in Supreme Court.

The top lawyer NaniPalikiwala filed the case of Indira Gandhi in the Supreme Court.

The vacation bench under justice VK Krishna Iyer ordered stay on Allahabad High Court Judgement on June 24 1975.


Doubtless , apart from the reasons explained,the call by JP Narain to Army and police in the rally of Ramlila Maidan for disobeying the orders of Indira Gandhi must have finally  ignited the cinders to the proclamation of Emegency by Indira Gandhi.

Despite grave provocations from the Opposition Indira Gandhi should have maintained restraint and not resorted to the imposition of Emergency.

Instead she should have resorted to other political manoeuvres to defeat the Opposition’s willful strategy of deriding ,decrying and dethroning her .


BJP –PDP Alliance in Jeopardy

 With imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir for the eight time in last forty years Peace has finally eluded Kashmir once again.

BJP –PDP alliance limped around for three years and finally doomed when the Union Government pulled the rug off on 19th june 2018, leaving the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with no alternative but to resign and fend for herself in the prevailing situation.

Thus came the end of an alliance with divergent political ideologies , forged essentially to bring peace and tranquility to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP squarely placed the blame of failure on PDP and the general secretary Ram Madhav told reporters “ continuance in the government had become untenable –responsibility for this kind of scenario lies on the other side.” “ keeping in mind the larger interest of India’s integrity and security , keeping in mind the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India, in order to bring control over the situation prevailing in the state, we have decided that it is time the reins of power in the state be hand over to the Governor.” Mr Ram Madhav continued.

BJP cited growing radicalism ,terrorism and violence as the reasons of pulling out of the alliance without assigning reasons for the increase thereby.

Mehbooba Mufti after resigning as chief minister blamed BJP’s for the break up of alliance and said while addressing the media “ we are convinced that a muscular policy will never work and the only way forward is our healing touch poicy –Kashmir is not an enemy territory.” “We did everything that we could manage to do to address the situation on the ground.” She said “ we did not stitch this alliance for power. We did it for the object of offer of dialogue ,unilateral ceasefire ,and for the peace of the valley.”

Mehbooba while defending her good intentions she said on Tuesday soon after her resignation as Chief Minister   “we negotiated an agenda of alliance where we ensured that BJP scaled down . for example we persuaded them to maintain status quo on Article 370 and Article 35-A .That was part of our agenda alliance. We defended (article 370) inside the court too. We ensured our Govt government defends Article 35A in the court”

‘’ we pushed for a policy of reconciliation and convinced (Centre) to grant amnesty to 11000 youth booked for stone pelting .”

It was contended by people of jammu that they voted overwhelmingly for BJP in assembly elections so that the BJPcould fulfill the promise of abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A .

Article 370 grants special status to J&K ,article 35-A denotes special powers to its legislature to define its permanent residents and make laws/provisions for giving them special rights and concessions.

The BJP had been vigorously advocating for abrogation of these two articles and during election campaigns promised to have a public discussion on the same.But once in power with an alliance with PDP it chose to maintain stoic silence and do nothing about it.

The Jammu people got annoyed and saw BJP ‘s helplessness before its partner PDP ,after Mehbooba Mufti warned and said that anyone interfering with these two articles ,”there wont be anyone to even shoulder the National tricolor in the state.”

With the law and order situation worsening in Kashmir day in and day out ,BJP found it difficult to justify ,manage to the agreed to concessions ,like recent ceasefire, amnesty to 11000 stone pelters ,as agreed in agenda of alliance.

This might have been one of the many reasons for BJP to come out of the alliance .

My Conclusions

 It is painful for BJP to have lost an opportunity for good to bring positive change in the J&K state , it will be no exaggeration to admit that the gamble failed miserably because of the clash of ideologies, leaving the state in a worse state, communally more polarized than ever before.

With no concrete policy on Kashmir , BJP’s vacillating approach cost the severance of the alliance formed with good intentions of bringing lasting peace to the state of   J&K.

 After governing the state in alliance with PDP ,BJP must have understood that Kashmir is a different cup of tea and needs threadbare approach to resolve the knotty  tangle and  hence resorted to Governor’s rule a euphemism for direct rule by the Central Government.

 Now a weary long path to tread upon in order to wean away the youth from radicalism ,and to woo the alienated citizens to attune for the national cause.

 But having said so nothing is difficult if intentions for the peace and wellbeing of people is genuinely pursued by the  Govt of India.

The GOI (government of India) needs to think out of box.

 By enforcing policy of reconciliation ,(talks with all stakeholders including separators ) through the acceptable independent interlocutors from civil society to re-engage for talks   could be a stepping stone to the process   of peace in the valley .

The interlocutors should not be representatives of the govt in the current situation ,lacking the credibility.

 No doubt the Military operations should be enforced to root out militancy ,but simultaneously the Military border Helpline should be initiated to resolve the problems of civilians at hand and thus present the forces as friends not foes only.

The forces should be amply educated that they are operating to quell terrorism in their own territory not enemy territory and be extra alert not to persecute the innocent citizens.

This compassionate gesture should go a long way in building up confidence to help the alienated citizens to lay trust in the forces and rise to the occasion  in case of any eventuality. That is what we should aim at, the engagement of people in the development and growth of J&K State.Nothing of such sort has been attempted by the govt ,both State as well as the Centre .

The rhetorics  Insaniyat , Kashmiriyat  and  Jhamhuriat  should be given the go once for all.These do not  hold any water now.









Here she comes my lovesome love

 Frenzy frisky frolicking


dewy dove eyes

Wide and wonderous

As blue skies

 The beautiful highland lass

Trudging over the mountain pass


through the shimmering waters

Jumping barefeet over the boulders

On to the verdure so leafy green

Intersperse flowered

long stretches divinely designed.

The yellow sun gleams

Through her long tresses

on to

her glittering visage

radiantly glowing.


 Here she comes my lovesome love


Greet me into

her glistening arms.

In the tight clasp

Swaying me down the steep

thick boughs

redolent of pungent

earthy love.

Slithering her fingers into the

Crevices contours

Of my soul stirred


 with smacking lips

she entices me


ecstasy love making.







The former President Pranab Mukherjee stooped to conquer in his speech at an RSS event in Nagpur on Thursday upholding his liberal credentials , spoke about nationalism ,pluralism, and tolerance as the soul of Indian lives.

“ Multiplicity in culture ,faith and language is what makes India special. we derive our strength from tolerance” Mukherjee told the gathering at RSS in presence of the chief Mr Mohan Bhagwat .

“ the soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance—secularism and inclusion are a matter of faith for us” He continued undauntedly “ India’s nationhood is not one religion ,one language ,one enemy .It is the perennial universalism of 1.3billion people who use more than 1,600 dialects and 122 languages in their everyday lives ,practice 7major religions –live under one system ,one flag, and one identity being Bhartiya and have no enemies”

This speech was unprecedented and a stern reminder to those who would like to divide the people on religion caste creed hatred and intolerance.

E m p h a s is i n g   that Constitution being the flowing bed for our nationalism and patriotism ,appreciation of our inherited unity in diversity , Pranab Mukherjee dwelt at length the Indian history from 6th century that covered the period from Mahajanapadas to different dynasties ,Muslim invaders , East India Company and finally British yoke.

Pranab Mukherjee Quoting from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s book The discovery of India , “Iam convinced that nationalism can only come out of the ideological fusion of Hindu, Muslim Sikh and other groups in India. That does not mean that extinction of any real culture of any group, but it does mean a common national outlook, to which other matters are subordinated.”

The RSS has been successful in showcasing itself as an organization that was not averse to invite illustrious Indian like Pranab Mukherjee, who does not essentially share its views , to its conclave.

Mr Mohan Bhagwatji ,RSS Chief in his speech espoused of diversity values and stressed upon the fact that RSS was working for the whole society ,implying it is not rigid in its policies to better the cultural and economic ethos of Indian people at large.


The invitation invited a heated debate in the corridors of the Congress Party.

Predictably the Congress leaders appealed to former President and veteran Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee to decline the invitation from an organization that stood apart from the tenants and principals of Congress Party. But Pranab Mukherjee  had different ideas to deal with the predicament he was in.

He even chose to ignore the emotional and passionate appeal from his daughter sharmistra Mukherjee .She preferred to go public rather than speaking to her father in privacy. Because being an ardent congress leader in Delhi she stood to her independent stand and did not approve of his father’s decision to accept RSS invitation.


Pranab Mukherjee was determined to go his way and did not get bogged down by the appeals of his erstwhile political colleagues.

By doing so as a former President  he has knowingly or unknowingly deviated from the convention of keeping away from the politics.

As a convention the Presidents keep away from the politics after laying off the august office.

His conviction worked and he proved all his detractors wrong.

His speech, a memorable one ,spoke of the importance of nationalism , nation, patriotism and pluralism to be proud of as guiding principles for a composite united India.

It spoke volumes of his statesmanship not as a former President or as a Citizen only but also as a staunch Congressman of long years ,thus standing true to his his words , deeds and principles of the Congress ideology.

Rss, on the other hand could console itself by seeking a stamp of legitimacy and approval of being a cultural organization working towards the welfare of Indians in the best of its interests.



Modi and Modern India.

The Prime Minister Narender Modi is at the helm of affairs for the last four years now after winning clear majority for his party BJP in 2014.

The2014 mandate was for change and People believed that Modiji could usher good days by curbing corruption and ensure good governance and benefit the people at large.

Let us examine the actual profile of rising India in last four years.

The ambitious programmes like Digital India ,Make in India ,Skill India ,start up India ,stand up India , have been started with a hope to leverage the power of technology to benefit the lives of ordinary Indians.

 But in reality except Digital India becoming a mass movement to a great extent (2.9lakh service centers up from 83000in 2014 spread over 2 lakh gram Panchayats offering several services ranging from insurance to ,land records etc) all other programmes have been a mere slogans with nobody hearing much about any change wrought in to benefit any section of population whatsoever.

The other good talking programmes are Swatch Bharat , Construction of 7.5 crore toilets across the country, 3.5 crores Ujjwala LPG gas connections and globally recognized JAM trinity ( 31 crore Jan Dhan Bank accounts ,121 crore mobile phones and 120 crore Aadhar IDs).

Although JAM trinity were started already by UPA government but NDA government is being credited with having accelerated these to transfer welfare benefits speedily and directly to the accounts of the poor.

On international level we are at loggerheads with both our arch enemies and distractors Pakistan and China.

Pakistan is stubborn to live upon permanent enemosity and China no better ,making deeper inroads into Doklama .

Although the informal summits with both Chinese President and the Russian newly President have eased the personal diplomacy but nothing beyond that.

Both are playing their cards cautiously.

Although Prime Minister Modi was given civilian accolades in Afghanistan Syria ,Saudi Arabia, but the fact remains that nothing substantial has changed in the erstwhile  policies of these nations towards India other than a goodwill gestures with lot of hugs and smiles.

Prime Minister Narender Modi is in Singapore today (29/5/18) for ensuring greater engagement with the region by participating in the Shangri La dialogue. Let us hope something concrete happens to talk about.


In four years the popularity of Prime Minister Modi has one down considerably.

The promise of a new India free from the shackles of corruption nepotism ,empowerment of men and women with dignified living standard were in reality thrown to winds and replaced with mob lynching in name of cow protection, communal tensions and victimization of Dalits .

On economic growth Modi government failed to go beyond 6.7% due to mismanagement of its economic policies .

For instance Demonetisation was bad idea and badly implemented.

The good economic reform GST being a good step was badly implemented.

In nutshell due to these badly implemented reforms there was reduction of about 2% in GDP.

The unemployment has not been addressed to and now the price rise of petrol and diesel has taken shine off its rocking mood being in office for four years.

The comparative chart should show the painful scenario.


Price in 2014                      Price in 2018


Petrol       INR 60                   INR     80


Diesel       INR 45                   INR     72


LPG         INR400                 INR     800


The oil predicament has alerted the Government to search for a solid lasting solution. Any band –aid trick won’t do .

Any reduction in excise duty would hit government’s huge excise collections of 2,79,005 crores and would directly affect the fiscal; but the million dollar question remains how long would the government resist the pressure with less than a year to go to the hustings for the general elections.

Prime Minister Narender Modi has sidelined both development and governance and lost control over his extreme elements in the party who became more voiceferous in taking center stage to proclaim the divisive politics and thus damaged Modi’s otherwise a clean image to great extent.

The duo PM Modiji and President BJP Amit shah has made winning elections ( State Assembly ,Parliament ,or Panchayat ,) the main plank of governance and all efforts are being directed towards achieving this goal by whatever means right or wrong.

Let us try to understand the actual position of BJP in 29 state assemblies .


1/ Sikkim                   BJP               Zero


2/Mizoram                BJP             Zero


3/Tamil Nadu         BJP               Zero




1/     Meghalaya         BJP               02 seats out of 60


2/   Nagaland         BJP               12 seats out of 60


3/   J&K                     BJP               25 seats out of 87


4/   Bihar                   BJP               53 seats out of 243





1/   Andhra         BJP                 04 seats out of 175


2/   Kerala             BJP                 01 seat out of 140


3/ Punjab           BJP                 03 seats out of 117.


4/ West Bengal   BJP             03 seats out of 294


5/ Telengana     BJP               05 seats out of 119


6/ Delhi             BJP                   03 seats out of 70


7/   Orissa         BJP                   10 seats out of 147.


             OUT OF 29 STATES.


     1/ Uttar Pradesh     BJP       312 seats out of 403


     2/ Haryana               BJP       47 seats out of 90


3/ Madhya Pradesh   BJP       165 seats out of 230


4/   Chhattisgarh         BJP       49 seats out of /90

5/   Rajasthan           BJP         163 seats out of 200

6/   Gujrat                   BJP       99seats out of 182

7/   Uttarakhand           BJP       56 seats out of 70

8/ Himachal Pradesh   BJP       44 seats out of 68


9/ Tripura                     BJP     35seats out of 60

10/ Aruna Chal Pradesh BJP     48seats out of 60

( in Arunachal Pradesh BJP engineered defections to emerge as majority party.)




1/ Assam               BJP     60 seats out of 126.

2/ Maharashtra       BJP     122 seats out of 288


From the above statistics it is clear that BJP has full dominance in Northern belt with significant inroads made into North East states ,but far from making any significant dent on the voters in the southern India.



The Prime Minister Narender Modi has still huge chances to come back for second term in 2019 provided he shackles off his cloak of divisive politics and stands for inclusive India irrespective of difference in religion caste creed language and work with dedication in the interest of the country. Also PM Modi should come over heavily upon his fringe elements and detractors so that a wave of trust in his leadership for equitable justice to all sections of the society is established .