ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 2, ISSUE : 1, April-June, 2014 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
EMPOWERING THE KASHMIRIS
Iftikhar Gilani
 
ABSTRACT
Iftikhar Gilani is a leading journalist from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He has firsthand account of the rise of militancy in the state when he was working with the popular English daily, Kashmir Times. He has faced difficulties in personal life for being an articulate, objective voice on the Kashmir situation. Issue of militancy in the state of J&K is often mentioned as Asia’s hottest flashpoint between two nuclear-armed neighbors. The state appears as the crown in the relief map of Indian subcontinent and as the head of the Himalayan ranges that runs southeastwards, branching further down from Assam into the Bay of Bengal. Resolving crisis in Kashmir is akin to stabilizing the Himalayan arc. In this paper, Iftikhar Gilani proposes the harmonious regional development through devolution of political power as panacea for the continuing imbroglio.
 
KEYWORD
alienation, Amarnath, CBM insurgency, Ladakh, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), regional development.
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