Jammu and Kashmir Dilemma of Accession: A Historical Analysis and After


1. Seeds of secessionism in J&K were sown in 1938 and the seeds of Pakistan sprouted in 1940

1.1 In August this year I received what I realized with incredulity was a photocopy of the private note of Rai Bahadur Pandit Ramchandra Kak, the Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir between June 30, 1945 and August 11, 1947. The person who sent me the photocopy chose to be anonymous and I can only presume he or she sent it to me after reading a spate of articles I wrote about the State in July-August this year, perhaps hoping that this first-hand account of the tumultuous events in 1946-47, written in the third person by the then Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, would be made known to the country.

7 years on, 8 SC Judges Yet To Go Public With Assets Info

November 6, 2016
Source: http://www.dailypioneer.com

Transparency is becoming a problem too difficult for the Supreme Court to enforce on its own judges. Seven years after the judges of the Supreme Court unanimously resolved to make information of their assets public by posting it on the apex court’s official website, eight of the 26 judges holding office at present are yet to fall in line.


Nepotism in the judiciary: Scions of Themis and Zeus

Source: http://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/scions-of-themis-and-zeus/297827

Keep those elevated from the subordinate judiciary out, and nearly half of India’s top judges are kith and kin of ex-judges and top jurists

“The typical Indian judge is Hindu, upper-class, upper-caste and male.” The statement drew a few titters at an event in the national capital late in August. But Dr Mohan Gopal, former director of the National Judicial Academy, was speaking in earnest and many in the audience, a gallery of legal luminaries, were nodding grimly. Barely 48 hours later, instead of genteel, theoretical critique, there was the scrum of a real battle. All the gavels in India’s judicial courts coming down in unison could not have restored ­order after the fifth seniormost judge in the Supreme Court, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, refused to attend a meeting of the SC collegium over lack of transparency and arbitrary appointment of judges.

11,000 NGOs will not get foreign funds

November 4, 2016
Source: http://newsite.thehindu.com

Two years after the NDA government cancelled the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licences of 10,000 NGOs, the licences of another 11,000 NGOs expired as they did not apply for renewal in time.

Border tense but red tape hits army acquisition of big guns

November 6, 2016
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

NEW DELHI: The Army's much-delayed modernization drive continues to be stymied by cumbersome procurement procedures, bureaucratic bottlenecks and corruption allegations at a time when border tensions with Pakistan are at an unprecedented high in recent years.

Spending More on Defence Won’t Automatically Mean New Tanks, Weapons for Indian Army

By Nirupama Soundararajan and Dyanada Palkar, The Wire, 25-10-2016
Source: http://www.thewire.in

Lack of integrated planning for procurement among the armed forces is a huge shortcoming. Merely increasing the defence to GDP ratio will not solve the current predicament.

It’s that time of  year when the ministry of finance begins to receive demands for grants from their counterparts, and allocation for defence has always been a point of debate. Despite substantial increase in budget allocation, military spend as a percentage of GDP has been declining in India (see table 1 below). This trend has been the subject of much criticism because India would always have to contend with the possibility of a two-front war scenario with China and Pakistan.



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