Kangana Ranaut has been in the news for quite a long time now. Her clashes with exs followed by explosive interview has landed her on the top twitter trends in the recent days. The lady is in news again, this time for a sarcasm her co-star threw at her. In a recent press conference, bollywood star Irrfan Khan said that, Kangana has gone so out of reach that I will work with her only if I wish to be a heroine. So if a script comes along wherein she plays the hero and I the heroine, I will do it,. All the media houses are lauding the kind of sarcasm that Khan threw on Kangana. Whether it was a praise or a taunt is to the personal interpretation of people.
19th January, 1990 is commemorated as the day when Indian secularism was butchered in the valley of Kashmir. A day which still haunts a community for the tragedy it brought on that fateful night. Some call it the Kashmiri Pandit exodus day; others simply mark it as the beginning of a 26 year exile which shows no signs of ending any time soon. 19th January is more than just an anniversary though. It is also a day on which without fail the world wakes up to the plight of the pandits. A storm of people showing solidarity, politicians making promises and some people welcoming pandits back with open arms but as soon as the day passes with tragic inevitability, the pandits remain where they have been since 26 years now- in the middle of nowhere.
India is a democratic country unlike some others who are either Islamic states or anti-certain religions or races. This claim was thrashed badly some kilometers away from the national capital, where the cries and screams of a family overshadowed the giant claims of a Digital and Swacchh Bharat. A man was killed over rumors of eating beef. Announcements were made from the temple that the 50-year-old man has hurt the sentiments of the majority by eating beef. Quite reminds me of Kashmir of 1990, where such announcements were made from the mosques, asking hindu families to leave or convert.
Is AFSPA a boon or a bane? Amid this long-standing debate since time immemorial, a recent Amnesty Internationals report throws light on several human rights violation cases in the Kashmir valley that have gone unreported, a fearless Indian Army and its unaccountability, a failed judiciary and how India is living against the very spirit of democracy.
The Kashmiri Pandits resettlement issue is making headlines once again. But, who understands that a prime time slot and a debate between self-proclaimed representatives of the communities doesnt tend to solve any issue. An issue that relates to some people who are homeless since the past 25 years deserves much more than this. The issue that is an integral part of the story of human suffering and which still haunts the state, a story of murder and displacement, terrorism and torture.
The logjam about the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir is finally over with the two leading parties, BJP and PDP coming together for a coalition. The scenario is welcome as it is going to end the deadlock that had engrossed the state since the assembly election but on the other hand may have serious repercussions.