Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Monday, 29 June 2020
Sunday, 28 June 2020
I couldn't forsake the weekly programme on JKTV though:
Saturday, 27 June 2020
When it gets categorised according to subject and is made available online, search-able by category or keyword.
As it stands, my online work to date is not even 10% of the total work I have done.
Visible public activity can raise emotions or sentiments momentarily but organised/referenced/categorised research will eventually make the necessary difference at the negotiating table. It will also be increasingly useful for our future generations.
Thus, the equation is a tough one:
More public activity will mean less time for research. The former attracts public assistance despite its short-term utility whereas the more pain staking and time consuming work does not attract public assistance despite its long term value and necessity.
Friday, 26 June 2020
Thursday, 25 June 2020
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
I lost the opportunity to post for Day 175 of 2020 by just over a minute. I had been trying to post the aforementioned entry since at least 2330hrs and if it weren't for the erratic net service today, I would have been successful.
The rain did provide some very welcome reprieve and relief from the rising heat in the evening though!
Monday, 22 June 2020
Sunday, 21 June 2020
I even managed to conduct our weekly programme live from near the LOC today!
A lot of attention is needed for various aspects of public interest, beyond the traditional sloganeering that we've been accustomed to.
It could almost be described as a do or die situation.
I consider it my duty to make as many of my co-citizens as aware as possible, in terms of what lies ahead.
Saturday, 20 June 2020
While still enjoying the open expanses of the LOC. minus the un-needed presence of Indian and Pakistani soldiers whereby both seem to be synchronised with each other, in contrast to the enmity both teach us, depending on which side of the LOC we reside in.
This has given me the much needed time to refine and organise my filework and also catch up on some much welcome alternative reading about the Indian partition in 1947.
I can gather from my experience that we as a society or polity haven't evolved much since then. We still base our public or political activity on what we can achieve personally from any anticipated change.
This only makes my job harder......and more difficult for all those associated with me in any way. Not least because my approach revolves around empowering my people as a whole, not enriching a few.
Friday, 19 June 2020
We moved even closer to the LOC yesterday evening. Amongst other matters of concern, a forest fire erupted yesterday on a peak facing us when our backs are turned away from the LOC. It engulfed all the peaks as far as the eye could see.
Almost 24 hours later, smoke is still emerging from various parts of the forest.
I'm not a particular fan of autocracy but we had a line of kings pre 1947 who treated the whole territory of Jammu Kashmir & Allied as their own personal property. One distinct advantage of that compared to the below zero governance of today was that they took extreme care of the forests and other natural resources.
You care for what you own is a natural inclination. Hence, the advocacy of Ownership Building Measures (OBMs) for the past decade in AJK.
Thursday, 18 June 2020
I ventured out towards the LOC yesterday morning in search of fresh spring water and open green spaces....
This is the first time I've ventured out of Dadyaal since early March.
I did obtain what I desired but I also got intermittent gun fire in my midst (between Indian and Pakistani soldiers), the near absence of electricity - at low voltage when available - and the total absence of communication networks.
I did climb up to a particular hilltop to obtain an internet signal yesterday evening but it was not to be.
I missed my diary input for only the second time this year thus (Day 169 of 2020).
Today I've had to improvise and I did so successfully!
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
One of our co-citizens has taken the initiative to create a Youtube channel named 'Talk with Tanveer'. Here's the first video:
Monday, 15 June 2020
This cross LOC discussion on Sharda took place yesterday. Over the past decade or so of working on this civilisational pursuit I have understood that people to people contact is far more powerful and effective than the edicts of governments, which are usually slow in responding to public sentiment and have much more than they can give attention to, sitting on their plate:
Sunday, 14 June 2020
ایک ٹریکٹر ہے جس کے ٹائر تک نہیں ہے۔— AKLM_0FFICIAL_URDU (@AKLM_0FFICIAL) June 14, 2020
آزاد کشمیر میں علم کے لئے دی گیٔ زمین لیکن یہاں کرپشن ہے کی رک نے کا نام ہی نہیں لے رہا۔
آزاد کشمیر کی حکومت کیا کر رہی ہے، اس کی نظر کہاں ہے۔#CorruptionInAJK
#کشمیر@sahaafi @AKLM_Official @farooq_pm pic.twitter.com/Bo4fKSdncp
آزاد کشمیر میں آپ کرپشن کر سکتے ہے، کیونکی حکومت کچھ نہیں کرے گی۔— AKLM_0FFICIAL_URDU (@AKLM_0FFICIAL) June 14, 2020
سامان کی دیکھ بھال کے لئے محافظ نہیں ڈاکو رکھے۔#CorruptionInAJK#کشمیر @AKLM_Official @sahaafi @farooq_pm @Masood__Khan pic.twitter.com/GTDHGuFIj8
We've continued our weekly Urdu programme without hiccup so far.....continuing this weekly feature till the day I die will be a test of my stamina:
Saturday, 13 June 2020
Friday, 12 June 2020
Good to see that our artists are achieving some prime global exposure. More power to your pencil Malik Sajad of the Valley of Kashmir!
Opinion | Life in Indian Controlled Kashmir: The Longest Lockdown - The New York Times #kashmir #lockdown and a valid and much needed perspective on #kashmir https://t.co/1qtg9xpv6Q— Dr Neelam Raina (@neelamraina) June 11, 2020
Part of my duty here is to help and encourage my co-citizens to write and communicate effectively in English, the lingua franca of the modern age in many senses. This can be time consuming and it inevitably entails neglecting other matters that are pending in public interest, momentarily at least. Here is one such example which I have edited and I hope other co-citizens also adopt this path, as we will find it difficult to communicate our rights struggle to the rest of the world in Urdu:
Thursday, 11 June 2020
I think this gesture will go a long way in repairing the mistrust that has emerged over the past 73 years between our 2 most prominent communities in Jammu Kashmir & Allied:
Extremism has no place in the land of rishis and Sufis. Civil society of the majority community has a larger role to play in rehabilitation of kashmiri pandits in valley. Killing of Ajay Pandita sarpanch by jehadis have widened the gap & there is no condemnation from Kashmiris.🍁 https://t.co/Non1cfQUXI— Ravinder Pandita (@panditaAPMCC63) June 10, 2020
Wednesday, 10 June 2020
3 different exercises requiring an hour each per day every day for 6 days a week.
I've just about reached that milestone today.
Will the body build or break is almost similar to the question of Jammu Kashmir & Allied.
With Beijing, Delhi and Islamabad engaged, we need to return from New York to London.
Tuesday, 9 June 2020
UPDATE: The statue of slave trader Robert Milligan has now been removed from West India Quay.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 9, 2020
It’s a sad truth that much of our wealth was derived from the slave trade - but this does not have to be celebrated in our public spaces. #BlackLivesMatterpic.twitter.com/ca98capgnQ
Returning closer to home, here's a short video of women and children of our territory in (Dathote) Paachot, Rawalakot marching for a long standing demand in public interest. All they want is a metalled road but the local authorities have proved powerless in fulfilling such a basic demand:
آزاد کشمیر کے راولاکوٹ کے ایک گاوں بہروٹہ پاچھیوٹ میں اپنے حقوق کے لئیے احتجاج کیا۔— AKLM_0FFICIAL_URDU (@AKLM_0FFICIAL) June 9, 2020
آخر کب تک ہمیں اپنے حق سے محروم رکھا جاۓ گا۔#FreeKashmir#Kashmir@AKLM_Official @sahaafi @khawajaatteeq pic.twitter.com/Yeo5kAzobc
Monday, 8 June 2020
It took a long time for this to happen but the #BlackLivesMatter movement has certainly come home to what could arguably be described as its original source:
For those of you who can't read the FB caption:
The moment a statue of slave trader Edward Colston is pulled down in Bristol city centre during #BLMbristol
Also rolled down the street & dumped in the harbour...
Edward Colston ran a company that shipped 84,000 kidnapped African men, women & children to the Americas - 19,000 of these are estimated to have died during the crossing.
Also it was dropped into the water under Pero’s Bridge - Named after an African slave brought to Bristol.
If that’s not symbolic I don’t know what is.
This is the reverse of what we need. May the Almighty give his family patience and give us the sense to realise the damage we are doing to ourselves by committing these insane acts. We have a lot of hard work to do ahead:
Shocking to hear that terrorists gunned down a kashmiri pandit sarpanch in Lookbhawan Anantnag today afternoon.He was residing in his ancestral renovated home. Trust gap widens.Kashmiriyat stabbed by islamic jehad again.I am saddened as a peace builder.This is not done. Om Shanti pic.twitter.com/BFiJ0oNzyE— Ravinder Pandita (@panditaAPMCC63) June 8, 2020
One feels humbled to read about such events, even if one is relying on a colonial traveller to tell the tale. I also wonder if others have written on this event from 1863:
An account of a generally unknown massacre of civilians in Yasin Valley conducted by Dogra soldiers in 1863.https://t.co/v9t4YM8yNT— The Kashmir Discourse (@TheKDiscourse) June 8, 2020
Sunday, 7 June 2020
For those of you who cannot read the caption in the FB post above:
JKTV Facebook Page Blocked in India by Facebook.
Worldwide Protest against Facebook's censorship in Kashmir and JKTV page blocking on the request of Indian govt to kill independent Kashmiri Voices.
#JKTV the Voice of The Voiceless
From Indian repression in Jammu & Kashmir to Pakistani repression in the same:
This was also on the JKTV menu today and it couldn't be missed. Two legal stalwarts - both originating from Jammu Kashmir & Allied - one a 74 year old Kashmiri Pandit who retired as Chief Justice of the Indian Supreme Court while the other was a 87 year old former Chief Justice of the High Court in AJK.
Welcome to the thoughts of Markandey Katju and Abdul Majeed Maiik respectively:
In general, I agreed with most of what Justice Abdul Majeed Malik had to say as opposed to what Justice Markandey Katju had to say, except on 2 points.
1) The British were foremost responsible for the partition of India based on religious identity. Both the Muslim League and Congress were complicit in their own ways.
2) Azaadi or freedom cannot and should not be merely parroted for attention. There must a method, a narrative and a practical plan for governance that will provide our detractors a rationale for accepting our stance.
Finally, it may be worthwhile to note that we have already reached our eighth week of a regular weekly programme (Every Sunday at 9pm AJK time) in pursuit of defining our internal narrative in AJK:
Saturday, 6 June 2020
Friday, 5 June 2020
Friday is designated as a rest day but I have been summoned for yet another outing towards the peripheries of Dadyaal.
I won't go though. Friday is my rest day from physical exertion as I am increasingly exerting myself for the other 6 days of the week.
I also need to develop on this thread as we gradually transition from public opinion research to economic research:
Offer from a citizen of #AJK & #GilgitBaltistan :— Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) June 4, 2020
10,000 rupees for each #Pakistani citizen per month is what we are offering, subject to their personal income being less than 6 lakh rupees per annum.
In return for #Pakistan agreeing to reduce its military presence in AJK. pic.twitter.com/iz7kHq9Ljg
The above proposition is geared towards addressing the welfare of Pakistani society, which has suffered needlessly for the sake of Pakistan's doomed expansionist strategy in Jammu Kashmir & Allied areas. We have always held good intentions for our neighbours and want an end to this mutual destruction of the region. A seemingly intractable lose-lose situation for all concerned.
For that, we need to transform this conflict economy environment to a peace economy environment. As the tweet above clearly suggests, we are willing to pay for this transformation.
One must bear in mind that this proposition is a form of income support for working people or those that are in a position to work but can't practically find employment. It would subsidise the earnings of those whose income falls below the threshold mentioned and those who are actively seeking work. Unfortunately, unlike some trolls and ill-intentioned propagandists (which Pakistan has too many of), this is not a blanket offer for every citizen of their country.
It excludes the vast majority of people.
1) Those under the age of 16.
2) Elderly/retired people.
3) Those whose income or assets exceed the threshold.
4) Women who are not active in the workplace.
5) Students and those engaged in other pursuits distinct from full time work.
Finally, it should be reiterated that this proposition is a goodwill gesture to transform the region into a healthy array of peace economies and encourage people to work and conduct business - increase economic activity essentially - and it is not designed as a free for all handout to make people even lazier then they may already be.
It should also be noted that the funds for this 'regional economic package' will come from the public treasury of the whole State of Jammu Kashmir & Allied and not just from AJK. It will be designed, monitored and executed by our own government and not simply handed over to the Pakistani State. We will - needless to say - afford these associated costs too.
The package is clearly designed as a genuine incentive for demilitarisation. The Pakistani retreat will be in calculated phases while an alternative indigenously led security framework is put in place. This initiative will then open avenues for an Indian military retreat in a likewise manner. Consequent to which, discussions can begin to negotiate a Chinese military withdrawal.
This financial package is not intended for India or China as the context of their presence does not warrant such an initiative. The Indians entered when the Pakistani invasion provided that pretext to them, thus a Pakistani military withdrawal will cancel India's reasoning for its military presence here. Even if you study the UN template on this region, the emphasis on initial Pakistani withdrawal is a conditional feature of that mechanism.
In short; given geopolitical, diplomatic and economic realities it is 'relatively' easier to make Pakistan withdraw from our territory compared to India and China. Given that they are our Muslim neighbours they should understand our point of view better than others and also understand that this is for their benefit. We deferred to them for 73 years and suffered even more than them for our blind allegiance, now it is their turn to listen to us, not blindly as we did but with very open eyes and ears. Likewise, it is relatively easier to make India withdraw from our territory compared to China.
Overall, we do need a global agreement to protect our neutrality and ensure that our territory is not used by any country to the detriment of any other country. We want to close the doors of conflict in our region and pre-empt looming water wars.
This applies to India and Pakistan as much as it does to China and America.
Meanwhile, the above Twitter post generated a far more energetic conversation on Facebook, where it was initially posted yesterday:
Thursday, 4 June 2020
Serendipity gives us the following portrait:
ColorFull Stones Of Indus River Skardu— Bakhtawar Shah🇵🇰 (@gb__pk) June 4, 2020
_gilgit.Baltistan... ❤️ pic.twitter.com/2dIvbWSXz6
As activists in AJK, we must intensify our campaign to identify lame or destructive elements in our bureaucracy/admin part of the 'executive', which remains constant and unscrutinised unlike the politicians who campaign from one election to the next:
DC Bagh & SHO thorar must be suspended from their office and investigated on torturing, humiliating and launching FIRs against citizens. Public office holders are public servants and must not be allowed to behave like a king or even boss @farooq_pm @PIDAZADKASHMIR @Masood__Khan pic.twitter.com/GIZ5JXmG2s— JKPNP (@JKPNP3) June 4, 2020
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