Jasbir Sarai The moment the word “separatist” is used in India, it conjures the image of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and their colleagues of the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) in Kashmir, who subscribe to this ideology. In the context of India’s freedom struggle in the twentieth century, however, use of the ideology of separatism as a political tool in … [Read more...] about Kashmiri separatism: The myth and the reality
Question Syed Ali Shah Geelani
Dr Simrit Kahlon Age does not diminish a father’s urge to protect his son; this has been amply proved by Farooq Abdullah, the patron of the National Conference of Jammu and Kashmir that is sitting in opposition and not liking it one bit. In an immature bid to boost the withering relevance of his son, Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah has made some controversial statements in the … [Read more...] about Farooq Abdullah’s sensationalist statements are in bad taste
Jasbir Sarai Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has applied for renewal of his Indian passport. Media reports suggest that he wishes to visit his ailing daughter in Saudi Arabia. The issue of a passport to Syed Geelani or any other separatist leader is a non-event for the Government of India. All the separatist leaders use Indian passports or their many foreign … [Read more...] about Syed Geelani: Committed ideologue or self serving opportunist?
Ranjan Chauhan The Hurriyat is again making an attempt towards reunification. The development is a negative fallout of the misconceived political posture adopted by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed after assuming office of Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir. His attempts to reach out to the separatist elements in the state have been inferred as a sign of weakness and an attempt is being … [Read more...] about Split-reunify-split: The Hurriyat drama goes on!
Jaibans Singh The All Party Hurriyat Conference, popularly referred to as the Hurriyat, is a Pakistan-sponsored separatist conglomerate based in the Kashmir Valley. Created on March 10, 1993, the Hurriyat is a loosely knit alliance of 26 secessionist political, social and religious organisations with an agenda to further Pakistan’s illegitimate claim over the Indian State of … [Read more...] about 22 years on, Hurriyat stands exposed and irrelevant