BJP set to retain its seat share in first phase : Interactive map shows the real picture

A projection of 2014 vote share but distributed according to 2019 alliances shows that in spite of losses in Andhra and Telangana, BJP seems to retain its seat share of 32 in the first phase of voting while TDP seems to suffer the biggest reversal due to break up of alliance with BJP.This is an interactive map. Click on the year or the constituency to see the details. The interactive map projects the 2014 Vote share according to 2019 alliances. According to that the BJP will lose the..

Terror won't deter voters in Jammu Kashmir

  By Sant Kumar Sharma Recall the horrors of August 9, 2013, Hindu-Muslim clashes in Kishtwar. It was Eid, a day to celebrate. MOS Home of Jammu and Kashmir, Sajjad Kichloo, who was also the local MLA of Kishtwar then, was in town on that day when the clashes started. By the evening, things had escalated too high. According to some reports, it was the PSO of local BJP leader Sunil Sharma who had been targeted. That incident triggered the subsequent mayhem. In 2014 elections, ..

Nehru’s Biggest Political Scam: Why didn’t he allow LOK SABHA ELECTION in J&K during his PMship? Before 1967 Lok Sabha MPs were nominated

     Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is perhaps the only state where the democracy and constitutional provisions are blatantly violated. Though the state of J&K acceded to India in 1947 itself yet the democracy has remained away from this region because instead of democratic procedure the whims and fancies of Sheikh Abdullah and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru decided the destiny of the people living in this region. There are 6 Lok Sabha constituencies (parliamentary constituencies) ..

NC leader Akbar Lone raises pro-Pak slogans, said he will abuse those who abuse Pakistan

  In the election season, political parties are continuously diving to the lowest level; especially the Kashmir based political parties are doing everything from supporting terrorists to speaking in favour of Pakistan. This time the National Conference (NC) MLA Akbar Lone stooped down to the lowest level, who recently raised controversial slogans ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ at a public meeting in Kupwara on Saturday. Muhammad Akbar Lone is the National Conference parliamentary candidate ..

It was long due, but finally Ban on JKLF & Jamat-e-Islami is a great move

   Although Kashmir has been hot on security and political from a long time now, but since 1989 the Pakistan-sponsored and abetted gun culture has spoiled the age-old peaceful coexistence and tranquil life on this land of sufis and rishis. The advent of radical ideologies, and their explosive connect with a large sections of the young lot, post 2000 has been worrying. The situation aggravated post 2008, and reached to explosive levels after the killing of Burhan Wani in 2016. Although ..

India boycott Pak National Day Event in Delhi, separatists will be arrested if they come for the event

  In another attempt to exacerbate the already deteriorating relation between India and Pakistan, the Pakistan High Commission in India invited separatists on Pakistan National Day. This move of Pakistan clearly unveils its double face on peace, as it has invited the anti-India forces and that too amid the strained India and Pakistan relationships.    Government of India has clarified that the presence of separatists in this event would not be acceptable to it and it ..

China arrested 13,000 terrorists in Xinjiang since 2014 yet says no to declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist

  The Chinese government on Monday said that it has arrested 13,000 terrorists in the far western region of Xinjiang since 2014. In its policy paper, China defended its controversial radicalization measure. It even defended its move of the internment of Uighur Muslims in its detention centres, which China dubbed as “vocational training centres”. It is alleged that many people sent to these detention centres never returned back. All these things are done to avert the terrorists’ ..

Worried over the surge of BJP in Kashmir, Omar sees floating of new party by Shah Faesal as vote cutter

  Worried about the prospect of his own party in Kashmir, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Vice-President of National Conference Omar Abdullah said New Delhi is “creating” new political parties in Kashmir to “suppress” the voice of the people. His remarks clearly referred to the new political outfit floated by administrator turned politician Shah Faesal ‘Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement’ in Kashmir. Since Faesal’s major focus ..

Pakistan’s vicious propaganda against Kashmir has no takers anywhere

Pakistan’s propaganda against India is a 24/7 feature! It, however, peaks in the month of February with the sham of “Kashmir Solidarity Day” (KSD), an annual ritual since 1990 being observed on 05, February. The stated objective of this sham is to support the so-called struggle towards self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The actual intention is downright propaganda. As the sham of KSD culminates, the separatists are put to task by their Pakistani masters to orchestrate ..

6th Feb, 54: Every Indian should know when elected representatives of J&K ratified the accession to India

6th Feb, 54: Every Indian should know when elected representatives of J&K ratified the accession to India ..

Shah Faesal is an opportunist, message from a Nationalist Kashmiri for Shah Faesal

 Recently, an IAS, Shah Faesal resigned from his post. But many things that he said while resigning from the post reveals that he is self centric, separatist, opportunist and knows little about Jammu and Kashmir. He resigned from his posts citing various reasons like unabated killings in Kashmir and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union Government. But these reasons are not less than the blatant lies that shrewd person like him has said. Ironically, Shah Faesal has shown least concern ..

Mehbooba Mufti loosing political turf in Kashmir Valley

 The veteran politicians have been leaving the PDP to join either other political parties or have declared to contest election independently. In the past six months, many senior leaders—Imran Raza Ansari, Basharat Bukhari, Abid Ansari, Haseeb Drabu, Muhammad Abbas Wani and Peer Muhammad Hussain—have quit the party. The recent spate of veteran party leaders leaving PDP has sent jitters among the party leaders, especially the president of the PDP.  Embattled Mehbooba MuftiThe embattled ..

Mehbooba Mufti scared of elections, wants to form government with NC and Congress

  Speaking at an event “Kashmir – The Way Forward” at the Observer Research Foundation in Mumbai, Mehbooba Mufti expressed her panchance to form a government with the help of Congress and National Conference (NC). To give strength to her expressed wish she mentioned that the Kashmir does not want to go back to 1947 and alternative to be found to Azad Kashmir within the framework of Constitution of India. While overlooking to the fact that Kashmir is an integral part of ..

BJP issues Defamation Notice to its expelled leader for unfounded and abusive allegations

  BJP State unit in J&K served defamation notice to its expelled leader Gagan Bhagat. Bhagat was expelled on Monday for “indiscipline” and “anti-party activities”. The present move is the clear message for the state leadership of BJP that any indiscipline and anti-party activities would be dealt with iron hand. The party expelled the former RS Pura MLA for levelling “unfounded and abusive” allegations against state party president and state general ..

Why Governor’s Administration proved better than the elected Government in J&K

  Satya Pal Malik, who became the Governor of J&K on 21 August 2018, made it clear that good governance and delivering results are his first and foremost priority on the first meeting with his advisors. While the elected governments failed to deliver on the promise and taking any major step in this regard, the governance under the governor has deliver it through his words and actions. Though the political parties finding it difficult to have any solid ground to oppose the decisions of ..

Governor unmasked collusion of political parties in corruption

 The Governor speed of taking decision in favour of people of Kashmir has sent jitters among the political parties and pulling the rug out under them. Therefore, the political parties in the valley have now come on the same page and doing their bit to oppose the governor. The recent attack has come from the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who has warned the Governor for an agitation if he does not refrain from taking decisions on important policy matters. She said “Unfort..

Traders rejected ‘bandh’ in Kashmir Valley, a huge blow to separatists

   The Kashmir valley remains in news for strikes, stone pelting and encounters that has affected the life of any ordinary resident of Kashmir. Even the business community has not remained out of the impact of the violent strikes in the valley. Therefore, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) called up a press conference to highlight their grievances that they are facing because of the frequent strikes. They mentioned that they are not opposed to any peaceful protests ..

Former JK Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu resigns from PDP

   The former finance Minister of Jammu & Kashmir left Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday. In his resignation letter, addressed to the Party President Mehbooba Mufti, he wrote "It has been exactly four and a half years since I joined the J&K PDP. I may not have enjoyed every moment of it, but when I look back at it, it has been an enriching and enlightening association. In this one page long letter he also mentioned “As such, in this brief period, I got a flavor of politics ..

Vajpayee told me Kashmir issue would have been resolved if BJP had not lost the 2004 Election: Imran

   In an interview to a group of journalists Pakistan Prime Minister said that the former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee told him that the Kashmir issue would have been resolved, had the BJP not lost the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. He added that the former foreign Minister Natwar Singh was on the similar page. “It shows that there is a solution of Kashmir and both countries were close to resolving it,” said Pakistan Prime Minister. He ruled the possibility ..

Jammu Kashmir Panchayat Polls: Notification for 1st Phase issued

   The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K Shaleen Kabra today issued notification for the conduct of 1st phase of Panchayati Polls-2018 to elect Sarpanches and Panches. In Jammu Division, the Panchayati elections will be held in 1st Phase in Dachhan, Bunjwah, Marwah, Padder, Warwan in Kishtwar District, Bhallessa, Changa, Jakyas, Chilli Pingal in Doda District, Ramsoo, Khari in Ramban District, Dudu Basantgarh, Lath Marothi, Panchari, Moungri in Udhampur District, Bani, Duggan in ..

Congress Leads in Ladakh Region, BJP gets Zero

   The BJP Saturday failed to open its account in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region in the urban local body elections held earlier this month. Out of the total 26 wards in this region, the Congress bagged all the 13 seats in Leh municipal committee. It also won five wards in neighbouring Kargil district, election officials said here.Six seats in the region have gone to independent candidates, while the result of only two seats is awaited, they said.The Ladakh Lok Sabha constituency ..

The Political Background of Jammu and Kashmir

The history of Kashmir is ancient. According to the ancient sources it begins with Kashyap Rishi. Kashmir, perhaps, is the only region in India which has a systematically documented history. The Rajtarangini by Kalhan is a document of the same nature. The..

Jammu Kashmir: The Deadly Game of Perceptions

 Going by the headlines of last few days, the entire state of Jammu-Kashmir appsears to be on the boil, with anti-India protests everywhere, stone-pelting, police firing, terrorist encounters… And that’s exactly what they want us to think – us, the people outside the state in India and abroad. After all, their survival depends on it!The separatist-cum-terrorist elements in Jammu Kashmir state have been active far too long to let go of their ‘movement’ easily. As ..

Article 35A still has exceptional resonance in J&K

Article 35A still has exceptional resonance in J&K..