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In Kashmir, News, Politics on 18 February, 2006 at 10:16 am

"Let us talk," said the PM of India.

Instead of going: "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, I am coming, Mr. PM," Yasin Malik of JKLF somehow hides his excitement, calls a press conference and says (with a serious face), "We shall call an emergency meeting and then decide." Next day he calls another press conference and says, "we have decided to meet the prime minister." Secret reports say that the entire night thay had been fighting over who would accompany Yasin Malik. Some members of the JKLF had to be taken to the hospital for minor treatement. I can neither confirm, nor deny such reports. But, given the hooliganism that JKLF has been involved in recently and in the past, such fights within the group are anybody's guess!

After the talks were over, this is what Yasin Malik said:

“The people of Jammu and Kashmir feel humiliated. As far as the dialogue process is concerned, the doors are still closed for the people of the state to join it. But at the same time, the people should not be involved in the photo opportunity process.”

Now, let us do a little substitution:

“The leaders of Jammu and Kashmir feel humiliated. As far as the dialogue process is concerned, the doors are still closed for the leaders of the state to join it. But at the same time, the leaders should not be involved in the photo opportunity process.”

Makes more sense, doesn't it? Yasin is actually using the word 'people' to mean 'leaders,' or rather himself.

Now, let us move on to another leader of our's, Geelani. To be honest, his rejection of the talks offer made some sense to me, but then all of a sudden he goes:

Geelani further asserted that during his Haj pilgrimage he had received word from Almighty promising him freedom from “the yoke of India.”

“While my Haj I was promised by the Almighty that Kashmir will soon be liberated from the yoke of India. People should display unanimity lest they should be counted with those retreating from the right path,” the Hurriyat statement quoted Geelani as said.

(courtsey of greater kashmir)

So, Mr. Geelani has divine support now. How did Allah promise him? Was it a dream? a vision? or a revelation? Mr. Geelani hasn't talked about that and I am surprised that in today's newspaper, this was not the headline.

I do not have either the knowledge or the capacity of commenting on his statement. But, Geelani did confirm that he is no longer important for the Pakistan establishment and that Pakistan has changed it's stance on Jammu and Kashmir:

Geelani confirmed that while in Saudi Arabia, attempts were made by “some high-ranking officials of Pakistan Government” to get him on board the ongoing peace process. “They told me that Pakistan’s Kashmir policy had changed. And that their establishment now backed the self-governance for J&K”.

(courtesy of indian express)

Let us talk!

  1. Recently on kargil operation, Military has opened up with Media and reduced the gap between the military and the civilians (Indian) and also changed the people’s perception on the pattern of high altitude areas conflicts. There have been media reports that the military has been talking out of turn, and counter views have also been expressed on the topic by some supposed thinkers. It is not by individual perceptions that policies are made and the subject, in today’s context needs to debated with select examples of the world military media relations kept as a backdrop and the examples of using the various media tools as force multipliers.

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