Author Archives: Hari Om

Former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Jammu; former Member of Indian Council of Historical Research; author of six books, including Beyond the Kashmir Valley; co-author of four books, including Burning Issues in Jammu & Kashmir and NCERT-sponsored Contemporary India; Writing on contemporary issues since March 1990.

Jammu is seething with anger

Dr. Farooq Abdullah (PTI Photo)

Jammu has become a force to reckon with after Lok Sabha and assembly elections and any move to exclude it from the government formation and deny citizenship rights to the refugees from West Pakistan would culminate in a major conflict between Jammu and Kashmir, which would help the votaries of the State’s trifurcation achieve their objective.

BJP’s Jammu Kashmir performance has levelled the playing field

BJP leaders flash victory signs as they celebrate the results of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Elections, at BJP office in Srinagar on Wednesday. PTI Photo

The BJP not only defeated the coalition candidates with very huge margins but also got the maximum number of votes. It got 32.4 per cent of the total popular votes polled. The People’s Democratic Party, which had also swept the polls in the Valley and defeated all the three National Conference candidates, including party president Farooq Abdullah. In fact, the BJP’s vote share was 1.4 per cent higher in Jammu and Kashmir as compared to its national average. Its national average was 31 per cent.

Narendra Modi’s dream of Congress-free India coming true


The very resurgent BJP under the able leadership of Narendra Modi, who has a very vast passionate constituency throughout the country, and BJP national president Amit Shah, an organiser of organisers, on October 19 snatched the two other very political important states of Maharashtra and Haryana from the Congress ended the 15-year-long misrule of the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the land of Shivaji and 10-year-long misrule of the corrupt Congress in Haryana.

J&K elections – BJP’s rise puts NC-Congress on the edge

In J&K, declining popularity of NC-Congress is advantage BJP’s Mission 44+.

The upcoming Assembly election in the sensitive border State of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is very crucial for all the four major players – National Conference (NC), Congress, PDP and BJP. In Jammu province, it would be BJP vs Congress, NC, PDP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). It surely would be advantage BJP because it has a strong and stable constituency, which is also expanding by the day under the inspiring and skilful leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.

Kashmir accession – Nehru bungled, complicated issue

Hindustan Times report on Kashmir accession on October 26, 1947.

The story of crisis in Jammu & Kashmir and exploitation and blackmail of Delhi commenced when on October 26, 1947, when Mehr Chand Mahajan, then Prime Minister of J&K, went to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and other central leaders to discuss the situation arising out of the Pakistani aggression in the State and negotiate the its accession with the Indian Dominion.