JNU Row: A Manufactured Crisis – Dr Adfar Shah

JNU Row: A Manufactured Crisis – Dr Adfar Shah

Dr Adfar Shah The monster of media trial in everything in this democratic country, along with the efforts to turn the huge and archaic term like sedition to common sense and everyday use and communalizing academic spaces is becoming a dangerous trend with undesirable ramifications. For a section of media perhaps everything in the country has become Deshdroh and every student is Desh Drohi but the social realities are different and anger, emotion and mistakes or confusion cannot be sedition all at once. The recent JNU crisis has helped a liberal Indian to crystallize many intriguing questions than supplying usual biased answers based in religion, region, caste, class, etc. Also the complexities of the state response to the crisis and a few unsatisfactory answers to thorny questions that do exist have revealed their insensitivity and our social rupture, media’s TRP craze, leader’s politicizing pain and thus turning the JNU incident into a monster which it never was. Perhaps one thing that the whole country’s academic space has to understand is to define the limits of so called cultural events and redefine the idea of free speech and reassign the limits of student activism and politics which is taking a bad shape for it is being maligned and used by vested interests for their own politics. Currently we see student politics on campuses has remained nothing but party politics and the associated hatred with it. What actually fuelled anti-national slogans in JNU and who voiced such slogans continues to be a mystery despite arrests and so much hype on such arrests later. The nation’s majority still is confused in the name of heavy terms like anti-nationalism, sedition, etc,. Seeing the level of intolerance for students, brazen and shameless attack on Kanahya and media hatred for Umar Khalid and his friends or for that matter Kashmiris, one feels are we also a Pakistan in making and seeing so called lawyers attacking the arrested student and continuous police failure, one perceives that are we actually the victims of law and order problem and need more efficient policing and smart intelligence. Worst of all the politics of patriotism has marred our integrity and actually divided people and empowered...

Women Transforming India through Education – A Vital Perspective

Women Transforming India through Education – A Vital Perspective

[A woman who has carved a niche for herself in a strongly patriarchal society and runs a chain of educational institutes in Amritsar. She caters to the educational needs of about a hundred villages of the Punjab’s border district and has become a hope of millions. She believes that education is the only way to transform India and get rid of age old social vices. She advocates women centric change and believes that women should inspire from their fellow women and take lead to empower others and contribute whole heartedly for a gender just future India]. [Sidana Institutes,Amritsar,Punjab] [Dr. Jeewan Jyoti Sidana-Principal and Owner Sidana Institutes of Education] An Interview with Dr. Jeewan Jyoti Sidana-Principal and Owner Sidana Institutes of Education, Amritsar, Punjab by Dr Adfar Shah-Editor at Analyst World. Adfar Shah: Tell us about your journey Dr. Jeevan Jyoti Sidana? What was your mission at the outset and to whom do you attribute your success? Jeewan Jyoti Sidana: Since my parents were from the teaching profession, they have been a source of inspiration to me always and undoubtedly my consistent hard work led to this stage where I own and administer a chain of educational institutes today. I had the distinction among the toppers of Punjab in the 10th standard and got a prestigious State Level scholarship from the government. After marriage, at the age of 21 my husband, Mr. Mohinder Pal Sidana, motivated and encouraged me to pursue Ph.D which I completed in 2002. Luckily, I got the opportunity to serve at Lovely Institutes, where I served as a principal from 2003 to 2006. After completing the Doctorate in the discipline of education and gaining vital experience as a teacher-educator for 16 years, I thought of opening an institute in this border area Amritsar district to provide quality education to the students of this region. So, along with the valuable support of my family and the representatives of this area, I established these institutes. During this period, I faced a lot of difficulties but God was kind enough and things became smooth gradually. The family and the faculty also supported me in every way. As change is the law of nature so...

Kashmir – Pakistan’s Moral Panic

Kashmir – Pakistan’s Moral Panic

Adfar Shah & Dr Bulbul Dhar Pakistan’s self acclaimed political or strategic morality on Kashmir, its jugular vein rhetoric has only slightly shifted to diplomatic hypocrisy, reflected in the recent cancellation of NSA level talks and the continuing small wars at the border. Boycotting cricket-a favourite of both the Nations speaks volumes about their supposed commitment to ‘resolving’ the deadlock. The moral pretentiousness on Kashmir, shaped by low politics is part of their very core and is manifest in the critical internal issues, especially in their frontiers like FATA, Baluchistan, amongst others. The insincerity of Pakistan’s rhetoric is becoming very apparent with the monster of terrorism raising its ugly head time and again, along with other concerns like radicalism and economic issues. Double speak and hypocrisy with lollypop politics based on religion and violence to gain more emotional support from their set camps in Kashmir and at home seems to be the name of the game for Pakistan. Declaring February 5 as Kashmir day and announcing a holiday or inviting top Kashmiri separatists is an instance of symbolism. The gap between rhetoric and practice of resolving the long pending issues is clear for all to see. The modus operandi is the ‘Politics of Rehnuma’. The logic being – anyone, even a Pakistani marrying a Kashmiri becomes a ‘Kashmiri Rehnuma’ overnight and starts representing the Kashmiri along with the atmosphere of conflict, especially on Pakistani electronic media. There is no question that the masses hardly know these leader(s) or indeed identify with the ideology this newly manufactured leadership claim to espouse and represent. It is a very subtle and insidious system-supportive propaganda that is being methodically operationalized ostensibly without overt coercion”, by means of what can be called a propaganda model of Leadership. Present today, as one of the biggest curse’s for the Kashmiri masses is manufactured leadership in Kashmir and projected as the torch bearers of Kashmiri People! These self proclaimed leaders speak on the behalf of the Kashmiri people with no connect what so ever with what the people actually want or subscribe to. The central question here is – who really in Pakistan feels for Kashmir- its people or its politicians? And who...

Beef Politics in Jammu and Kashmir-Yet another setback to Peace

Beef Politics in Jammu and Kashmir-Yet another setback to Peace

While the beef ban has been stayed by Honorable Supreme Court in Jammu and Kashmir for a period of two months, beef politics continues to spread hatred and politicians are still hell bent on the ruckus over the same. Yesterday on October 8, an independent legislator was thrashed openly by BJP that too in the State Assembly over the issue of beef party that he had arranged in the M.L.A Hostel a day before as a mark of protest against the interference in the religious matters of the Muslims. Such an open attack speaks volumes about the kind of politics of polarization which J&K elections had very well reflected. Beef Rumour and Dadri Tragedy Quite shockingly after Dadri tragedy a new term ‘Beef Rumour’ has emerged in media and given much hype by masses as if some lethal or nuclear weapon was possessed by murdered Ikhlaq’s family in Dadri of Uttar Pradesh. The poor gets beaten to death and his son seriously injured for the mob believed they ate beef. Ironically the Police even takes a sample of the meat left in the refrigerator to prove if it was really beef. What if it was and the family consumed beef, do they deserve to be beaten to death like this? Is the mob order the new justice system in India? One wonders over beef politics now in our country and silence of the government and even elected politicians who later call it a mere accident. Where are we heading to and what is our future given such a magnititude of polarization, hate crimes and appalling state of affairs. Hate crimes against minorities are continuously rising in India. State’s unneeded intervention and interference even in people’s lives or food habits now has started all the way from Maharashtra beef ban, followed by few more states and finally reached to the sensitive and peace deficit state of Jammu and Kashmir, doing no good but destroying the mutual harmony, community ethos and peace. Kashmir’s Perpetual Fragile Peace Peace and calm does not last long in Kashmir now. Whenever Kashmir seems to be limping back to normalcy, a spur evolves all of a sudden to keep the lid...

Who is responsible?

Who is responsible?

Sir, I am a Muslim from Syria, my family is displaced. I had left Syria eight years back in search of a better life in Western World, leaving my family behind. Today the turmoil in Syria has left many homeless. While I do watch western media, some crying over the refugee crisis, some labeling it as a Trojan Horse strategy by ISIS, while videos of Muslims creating riots and law and order situation in western countries and running over Greece are widely circulated. I want to ask a simple question. The United Nations, The Rule of Law Convention held in New Delhi (Delhi Declaration) post World War II, perhaps was a step to address the world and prevent future genocide and holocaust. Like any other individual of western world, I too have faith in democracy, not that I had ever witnessed it first hand in my own country, but civil liberties and compassion for fellow human beings irrespective of their religion, is what makes the western world superior and a better place. Some may argue discrimination they face as non-whites or as muslims in minor affairs of life. Some may argue that muslims are being appeased in some European countries. Some may argue many western politicians especially in Great Britain and United States are being controlled by Saudis royals. Some may argue that increasing muslim population is a great threat to western civilization. Some may argue that ISIS is creation of west some may blame fanatic Islam for their growth. While European Union is unable to resolve the refugee crisis, and each member state is putting a limitation on the number of refugees they are willing give asylum, I want to ask a simple question to the world community and especially United Nations, where will the rest go. Or should the world remain silent while we meet our fate.   I am not sure if tomorrow these refugees will be responsible for anti-west activities, but if the civilized societies fail to address the issue, I am sure you are sowing the seeds of mass destruction. I cannot explain the pain of loss of my family, I am not even aware if they are alive...

Understanding Aam Admi Party’s Mega-Victory in Delhi

Understanding Aam Admi Party’s Mega-Victory in Delhi

Adfar Shah New Delhi’s assembly elections results were recently out February 10, 2014 in which Aam Admi Party’s (AAP) surprisingly won sixty out of the total seventy seats. The phrase ‘Aam Aadmi’ in Urdu language means “Common Man” and the party was launched way back in 2012 by a former Bureaucrat named Arvind Kejriwal to take on against conventional senior political parties like Indian National Congress, Bhartiya Janta Part, etc,. Mr. Kejriwal who recently took over as the Chief Minister of Delhi came to limelight during famous Gandhian Anna Hazare’s campaign against corruption known as ‘India Against Corruption’. He is much revered by masses for his clean image and pro-poor politics .Of the recent elections, the BJP waves tossed themselves against the capital shore and AAP pulled them back out to sea, rightly branded as AAP Tsunami by analysts. This time in Delhi it was not any prior, and informed consent that constituted AAP’s sweeping victory but the informed crowd that made the broom (AAP’s political symbol) win. One of the most important elements of the Delhi voting behavior is her critical masses who keep on analyzing the political brigades/situations and more importantly the staunch voters/fans (solid vote bank) of particular parties are too less and the public with critical sense is more in number. BJP’s rout besides Congress’s diminishing to historical zero clearly reflected Delhi’s informed crowd where every person is a smart voter/twitter-face book voter who understands the pressing issues and politics around. People’s bulk participation reflected by the winning margins of AAP candidates due to AAP Tsunami simultaneously challenged many myths like the vote bank based on regionalism, casteism, radicalism, and scores of other age old gimmicks, etc,. Also AAP’s ascend tells us that earlier who were treated as street jokers are now mature social engineers who manufactured a significant change not by hitting the age old polarizing issues but peoples’ routine life challenges and aspirations.AAP added a human touch to politics and not mechanized it for publicity which was hailed by masses. On one hand, now what remains to be seen is how AAP carries its challenging and apparently difficult manifesto forward to meet the peoples huge aspirations.BJP on the...

Kashmir under AFSPA: Modify or Annul

Kashmir under AFSPA: Modify or Annul

Adfar Shah Compliments to the Army for quickly accepting the recent blunder of killing two innocent Kashmiri boys and brutally injuring the other two in yet another case of mistaken identity at Chattergam village of Budgam District in Kashmir Valley on November 3,2014. Though Army later indicted nine soldiers including an officer of 53 Rashtriya Rifles for the killings but not before harming their own good will in the valley. While the People called the killings deliberate, the army called it a mistake and surprisingly apologized too. One can see for the first time that the army has reacted well in time and taken due responsibility besides announcing the compensation of ten lac each to the kin of the slain youth and five lac each for the two other injured youth. However, with no takers so far, as the victims’ families have out rightly rejected the approved compensation and demanded trial of the culprits in a civil court. Although the Army’s decision of taking the responsibility sounds mature before the issue could have escalated into yet another uprising but even before that it has affected the peace building process and added to the already prevailing trust deficit of the people against the forces. Besides, yet another positive development was the delivery of justice in Machil fake encounter case (April 30, 2010) which was closed by army’s by granting life sentence to five army men including a Colonel. One more recent civilian killing by Army in Kulgam (Chattergam tragedy) has again bring AFSPA in Focus and led to mass protests. However it cannot be concluded that it is going to seriously affect the entire scene of the upcoming elections, especially the prospects of the BJP or NC, as Kashmir politics is far too personalized and leaders won because people are personally connected to them; but surely it has affected the Army’s fund of goodwill and its future prospects in this domain as they have once again proved themselves to be insensitive and designed to kill. It has definitely affected adversely the hard earned peace prospects, especially in the valley. One can assess that the RR mentality still has not really improved from merely the ‘designed...

Kashmir Beyond Article 370 & AFSPA

Kashmir Beyond Article 370 & AFSPA

Adfar Shah Obviously a new hope for the return of normalcy seems there in Kashmir but not before the government is formed. Although until 2005 the peace deficit valley witnessed a slow decline in the culture of violence however it picked up later and by the time 2014 ended, the magnitude of support from Pakistan, the intensity of cross border infiltration, the presence of uncertainty in valley, the number of violent attacks and even the type of targets that extremists usually executed, has softened to a great extent minus the growing radicalization of vulnerable youth. In between the years 2008 to 2010, there were many aberrations in the march towards peace; however, when the disturbances are seen from the democratic prism, political defiance or intifada are very well justified. Had it not been for the significant loss of one hundred and twenty lives as a result of actions by security forces, these events could have been taken merely as expressions of disappointment against hope or desire for reaping the fruits of normalcy. I always say let us institutionalize the earlier peace ideas and actions but the fact remains the security apparatus has not been able to institutionalize good will in a sense it should have been despite doing a range of peace efforts or programmes. The Security forces too, on their part, exhibited some sense of restraint except some recent and inhuman mishandlings like Chatergam killings. While incidents kept happening sporadically such as Kunan–Poshpora, Machhil, Shopian and Chhatergam, which posed serious questions against the ability of the security forces to operate as professionals in fourth generation warfare, the leadership, particularly that of the military has increasingly exhibited a rising sense of empathy towards the common people and their sufferings in the conflict zone but it can be safely argued that there is much more to do to be mass sensitive and professional enough. Though Chatergam emerged as a game changer when army for the first took the blame and apologized in time but again it derailed the peace project and disappointed people. In a nutshell, in terms of security, while the Forces graduated towards genuine commitment to the dictums of “Zero HR Violations” and...

Pawar’s Power Politics

Pawar’s Power Politics

Vedchetan Patil (@vedchetan) With the advent of Modi wave and the corresponding fall of Congress along with all its allies in Centre, Congress had highly hoped from its forte in Maharashtra. But to the surprise of none, Modi wave was still successful in Maharashtra to desecrate the Congress-NCP led government and establish the saffron band in the Legislative assembly. Pawar who is known for his brinkmanship and usage of carefully crafted words which are only used to achieve a particular agenda, has long been known for his relations with the leaders of other parties and his tricks to galvanize the cross-party momentum to fulfill his agenda. His loss of Prime Ministerial post, post Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination and his break up from Congress post Sonia Gandhi took over the reigns of Congress on the issue of foreign origin, Pawar was always seen as a valuable ally and potential threat by Congress, though on the grounds of ideological equivalence both Congress and NCP continued to be ally both in Center and State of Maharashtra. Long before all, Sharad Pawar had foreseen the rise of Modi and perhaps that is the reason he asked Congress and other allies to not allege or blame Modi for the 2002 Gujarat riots as the Supreme Court had given him a clean chit.  It has been long foreseen by Pawar that a condition may arise even in the State of Maharashtra wherein Nationalist Congress Party would be reduced to its lowest and may still paly a crucial role in the Government formation. Hence much before the 2014 Assembly polls, it was a prevalent gossip that Congress NCP alliance may break away, as Congress retained the Chief Minister’s post and systematically reduced the hold of NCP in State as NCP had accepted the deputy Chief Minister’s post inspite of higher number of seats in Assembly, due to the political arrangement with Congress in Cabinet at Center. The incumbency factor, the consistent allegations by saffron bay on Congress-NCP alliance of corruption coupled with rise of Modi, gave rebirth to the face led politics which was on the verge of extinction after assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. Maharashtra witnessed that even Raj Thakare and Uddhav...

Where is Kashmir’s Much Touted Normalcy?

Where is Kashmir’s Much Touted Normalcy?

Syed Ata Hasnain The challenges of conducting elections in Kashmir’s turbulent scenario are in multiples especially when many a paradox exists For some months now, the media and influential members of Delhi’s civil society have been speaking of the return of normalcy in Kashmir. In pure security terms ‘normalcy’ could be defined as the relative absence of violence, the enhanced confidence of society and the rekindling of hope.        On all three counts the situation in Kashmir, a day prior to the first polls in the Valley, does not appear to inspire too much confidence. There has been more violence than even in the Maoist areas in the run up to the elections; and the northern passes have yet to open so this violence has not been executed by fresh inductees but rather by the residual terrorists left over from previous years.     Sarpanches, the ones who still have the courage to remain in their pseudo posts are resigning, threatening to resign or making a beeline to the nearest police stations to remain secure.  A Kashmir English media publication has this to say this morning – “On the last day of election campaign on Tuesday, not a single political party managed to organize an election rally in any part of the South Kashmir except Noorabad, where Chief Minister Omar Abdullah addressed an election rally amid tight security”.       Where are we and where are we heading, I often ask. As a veteran of many an election in Kashmir I can vouch that such a situation possibly did not exist even through 1999 to 2011 when in the early period militancy was at its peak and later civil strife the order of the day. Kashmir watchers the world over, the serious ones, must have waited for this moment to ascertain the validity of their assessments or otherwise. Most had predicted continuing stability and returning normalcy based upon the age old parameters of assessment; security related statistics, residual strength of terrorists etc. They would be a mite disappointed by the events of the last week which have upset all such deductions and appear to be pointing back to the Nineties.   The situation isn’t really so bad...

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