Thursday, 30 September 2021
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Monday, 27 September 2021
Sunday, 26 September 2021
Saturday, 25 September 2021
Friday, 24 September 2021
A hectic day yesterday.....the chances of blogging an entry yesterday fizzled out without notice. I didn't realise until it was already about half an hour past midnight.
While we were condoling the passing of Sabir Ansari - advocate and veteran of the JKLF movement - at a reference held in his honour in Mirpur yesterday, there was a back bench debate on 'Human Rights: Kashmir' taking place in the House of Commons in London.
One speech that stood out for its pointed references to Britain's responsibilities was that of Zarah Sultana, Labour MP for Coventry South:
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Monday, 20 September 2021
Sunday, 19 September 2021
A whole day at home - travel free - which means I can concentrate fully on the oceans of work pending. I understand that I have to re-arrange my life dramatically, to get from 10% of work uploaded since 2005 to as near as 100% in the next few years.
Saturday, 18 September 2021
Friday, 17 September 2021
Relative calm after what was essentially a stormy visit to the Neelam Valley and other areas South enroute and on return. From Sehnsa and Dadyaal the total round trip amounts to close to 800 km. This was my third whirlwind journey since my release from prison on the 19th of June.
I did try and log an entry yesterday but missed the midnight deadline by a matter of minutes once again.
Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Travel continues........putting the past few days into perspective.....reviewing the experience....the biggest challenge by far is the competing attitudes of my own people. Most mean well but tend to operate in circles.....result: little forward movement....and if there is, it is followed by many steps back. It's a challenge I relish though despite everything.
Today was yet another busy day. Some of my journalist friends had insisted that I should conduct a press conference at Central Press Club Muzaffarabad, not least to begin mainstream interaction despite contesting narratives (viz. the Pakistani nationalist narrative versus the internal narrative of AJK).
Here's the video footage:
Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Monday, 13 September 2021
Sunday, 12 September 2021
Sharda & Sharda Peeth are synonyms of Intellectual glory of Kashmir. Sharda Studies Centre needs to be established at Kashmir University’: Dr Darakhshan Andrabi https://t.co/uf764cU8j2— JKNS Pvt Ltd (@jknewsservice1) September 13, 2021
Friday, 10 September 2021
Thursday, 9 September 2021
Logging a bit earlier today, in an attempt to remain ahead of the game:
Will be live tonight at 10pm with Tanveer Ahmed (@sahaafi) who bravely fought with state oppression and stood by his principles. Please join us at Facebook page of سماج بدلو تحریک and listen to his side of story. pic.twitter.com/VQ2hCEm4Wz— Qaisar Javed (@iamQaisarJaved) September 9, 2021
Now, here's the actual programme:
Female students of college are not safe in Educational Institution. Every day a new scandal surfaces. We demand strict actions should be taken to stop such incidents. #AJKScandal#MuzaffarabadScandal@Gulalai_Ismail @sabaismail @JamilaMHammami @hrw @BBCUrdu @HamidMirPAK pic.twitter.com/iVSbZjdYpZ— AKLM Official (@AKLM_Official) September 9, 2021
Wednesday, 8 September 2021
There's a lot that goes on during the course of 24 hours every 24 hours but I'm yet to master the art of logging all important proceedings here, in real time. Thus, a backlog generates over time which becomes impossible to grapple with, in the receding time frame available on the future horizon. More serious matters overtake the less serious despite being important in their own right.
Tuesday, 7 September 2021
The world is moving a lot faster than us. If only our people understand the implications of this for our struggle.
Meanwhile, in a bid to alert my co-citizens in good time about crucial upcoming events in public interest I sent out the following message this evening:
A serious message for my co-citizens of AJK - 07/09/2021
Being recognised as a civil society is a condition for being recognised as a Nation State, in the world's most contested region.
We need a world class university and an international airport in AJK if we don't want to disappear as a State - this requires legislation and hence a Public Assembly - the world recognises constitutionalism and representative democratic politics based on public opinion research....it can easily distinguish that from colonial and post-colonial governance structures....we must continue on this people's referenced journey in 2021....I restarted my personal journey towards the end of July when I took my mother to Sharda, even though my health had still not recovered from 13 hunger strikes and almost 10 months in prison.
The rest of the world is moving much faster than we are and we have to catch up to survive.
In the next few days, this journey takes me to the Neelam Valley once again. There clearly needs to be a common communication channel between civil society in AJK and both India & Pakistan, to avoid any misunderstanding about our pro-life measures, which are part of a prominent internal narrative of Jammu Kashmir & Allied (JKA).
All 3 public narratives (viz. Indian, Internal and Pakistani) must learn to co-exist in this territory while we strain to improve people's lives.
The JKA constitutional, political and human dilemma is not for India and Pakistan to resolve in the shape of permanent division of our territory and forever contested space for the world's larger powers. It is for the local inhabitants to define neutral boundaries and provide practical solutions for the region's water needs.
This journey requires pro-life measures such as world-class education and direct communication with the outside world.
We in AJK cannot progress with these aspirations without religious harmony. Just as the Masaajid and Darbars of AJK are visited and worship to Allah is alive so must the Mandirs and Gurdwaras of AJK be given that opportunity to be worshipped in, in a manner bearers of those religions seek. It is our duty in humanity to facilitate them.
This is a major reason why other societies are flourishing and we are not.
The Muslims of AJK in particular should also take historic reference from the rule of Zainul Abideen alias 'Budshah', who ruled Kashmir from 1420 to 1470. He understood the importance of religious harmony for security, education, economy and culture. He proved to be the most successful Muslim ruler ever in this region and by far.
Tanveer Ahmed - an independent action-oriented public policy researcher, operating uninterrupted on the ground in AJK since April 2005
Monday, 6 September 2021
Sunday, 5 September 2021
Friday, 3 September 2021
What lets us down most of all (as an aspiring nation-State viz. Jammu Kashmir & Allied) is the personal or personality-based arguments we have with each other. This has a direct impact on our objectives and usually cancels out the sincere efforts of many an activist in this region.
We all have opinions and wish for others to concur with those opinions, which amongst other negative outcomes deprives us of identifying a concise aggregate opinion on which to base public policy. Most - if not all - successful countries master the art of balancing diverse opinion and succeed in creating consensus for public policy. On our part, we struggle to tolerate other opinions even if they resemble our own. For those of us who get past this barrier falter at the next hurdle, namely agreeing on a common plan of action.
Thursday, 2 September 2021
The tasks we set get harder with each passing day but in turn get easier if we maintain a consistent routine. In fact, there is possibly nothing stronger than consistency to break the heaviest of barriers.
For the record and for those who missed the live videos on JKTV that day viz. 21/08/2020
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