Kashmir:  trouble in Paradise

So much for Ban Ki-moon’s heart and possibly even more so his soul!  One can only recall the quote in Matthew and the betrayal of Jesus, “When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.” The United Nations has walked away from the slaughter in Kashmir and washed its hands of it, and the world body has told India, “It’s…

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Why Kashmir is Important to Me?

Dr. Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai The Kashmir issue is simply this: the people of a large territory which is not part of any existing sovereign state were assured by the entire international community represented by the United States that they would be enabled to decide their future by a free vote. Until now, this assurance has not been honoured. I, as an American of Kashmiri origin, am profoundly grateful to the Administration for upholding the position of principle which the United States has sustained throughout the existence of the contentious issue…

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American Muslim Family: Perception, Challenges and Solutions

In this article, I will present a summary description of the ‘American Muslim Family Structure’, its evaluation, examination and re-examination. Because all indications are that the family structure is weakening, even disintegrating in America and elsewhere. Professor Khurshid Ahmad explains that we are living in a period of cultural crisis. It seems as if the very foundations of contemporary society are being threatened from within and without. The family, as a basic and most sensitive institution of culture, is being undermined by powerful and destructive forces. As Zakaria Basher asserts…

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Kashmir and the Right of Self-Determination

The monumental peaceful protests throughout Kashmir, bringing together hundreds of thousands of people from all racial and cultural backgrounds, began as a response to the impotent Indian Government’s attempt at confiscating 100 acres of Kashmiri territory for Indian settlements; the recent gruesome unearthing of 4600 mass graves – to which the European Union has passed a unanimous resolution; and desperate Indian dismissal of Kashmiri aspirations for self-determination. The powerful protests resulted in a magnificent revolt forcing Indians to meekly withdraw and rescind their erstwhile theft of Kashmiri land.

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