THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

Imminent Massive earthquake in the Himalayas

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS TALKS AGAINST CASTEIST HEGEMONY IN SOUTH ASIA

Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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Friday, January 8, 2016

The Mufti of symbolism By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

The Mufti of symbolism

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Jammu and Kashmir's chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayed sudden death in the morning has left a deep vacuum of political leadership that Kashmir has witnessed since the death of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. But it is also a fact that the Mufti had himself admitted that it is his daughter who is his real strength, who move around and take care of the people. So for all the practical purposes Mehbooba Mufti was looking after the state with her father. So in all likelihood the succession would be smooth and hopefully the central government facilitate the process so that the state does not go to anarchy.

There was a time when none of us ever thought Mufti could ever be the chief minister as he was fighting against the towering personality of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who the Kashmiris still remember for his contribution. Mufti could have gone into hibernation very early but his congress connections and pragmatism of one of the most hated and despised man of Indian politics named as VP Singh who brought Mufti into the mainstream of Indian politics and changed the scenario.

Congress had always ignored its local leadership in its attempt to placate Abdullah family and that gave no hope for any Congress leader to ever think of having its own government in the state. Mufti was also sidelined hence in 1989 he joined Jan Morcha founded by V P Singh who was ready to go to any level to assuage the hurt feelings of Muslims by the continuous betrayal by the Congress party at different level. Under a well planned strategy Janata Dal fielded Mufti Sayed from Mujaffarnagar constituency in 1989 who defeated his nearest Congress rival over more than one lakh fifty thousands vote. Mufti was polled over three lakh thirty thousand votes. Mufti campaigned different parts of state to seek vote for his party and was articulate enough to convince people. Obviously, VP Singh was not just an honest politician but master craftsman too.

Once Janta Dal came to power, VP Singh did which was impossible. One does not know whether it will be possible again or not. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, a Kashmiri Muslim, was given charge of Ministry of Home Affairs. A great act of symbolism and courage to India's second largest population which has been living in suspicion and doubt for its integrity. Immediately after his assuming office, his daughter Rubbaiya Sayed was kidnapped by the Hafiz Sayed's terror group and to save her life a few arrested terrorists were exchanged.

BJP was supporting that government. Many people suggested that time why state acted to save one individual but we need to understand that individual also suffer because of her father's status. So the person needed protection and state did what was possible. If that was wrong, we cant make another wrong giving the same example but things happens like that.

Mufti knew it well once VP Singh government was over, his days would be over too. There are very few people in Indian history who could do so many experiments as VP did. Mufti went back to Congress in later phase but could not adjust. After returning from Delhi as former union Home Minister, his status had grown enormously and hence his following also grew.

He decided his own political party as People's Democratic Party that reflect how he was far away from religious theocratic ideas. Frankly speaking most of the Kashmir leaders never came from that fanatic background which are breeding elsewhere. Kashmir has been an ideal destination for people across the world but unfortunately its others who created troubled in the valley. The governments failed, pumped money without winning heart and that failed. Mufti was trying to do that. It is always important to strengthen the local democratic institutions and leadership so that critical issues are resolved locally. Mufti was a farsighted pragmatic politician who was ready to go any strength if the case was for the benefit of kashmiris. At the end, Kashmiris are needed to solve their own issues as it cant be resolved through political jargons and rhetoric of others elsewhere.



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