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Narendra Modi celebrates Diwali with soldiers at Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrating Diwali with the soldiers at Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir on October 27, 2019.

Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir): Continuing the tradition he had set in the first term in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, 27 October 2019, celebrated the festival of Diwali with soldiers of Indian Army at the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu & Kashmir.

This was the third time the Prime Minister is celebrating the auspicious festival of Diwali with the troops in Jammu & Kashmir.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi celebrating Diwali with the soldiers, in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir on October 27, 2019.

Prime Minister visited the ‘Hall of Fame’ in Rajouri and paid homage to the gallant soldiers and brave citizens who have laid down their lives to protect Rajouri and Poonch sectors. He termed the Hall of Fame as ‘Parakram Bhoomi, Prerna Bhoomi, Paavan Bhoomi’ (The sacred land of valour and inspiration).

The Prime Minister also visited the Pathankot airbase to meet the air warriors of the Indian Air Force .

Addressing the soldiers, Prime Minister said that everyone endeavours to travel far and wide to celebrate the festival of Diwali with their family and likewise the PM too travelled to be with the members of his family, the brave Jawans of the Armed Forces.

The Prime Minister recalled the supreme sacrifices made by the armed forces on October 27 1947 – the day is celebrated as Infantry Day. Hailing the valour of the Indian Defence Forces, he said they have made it possible for the Central Government to take decisions that were considered impossible till now. He highlighted the courage and fortitude of the forces in safeguarding India’s security. He thanked them on behalf of the people for their monumental service.

To pay homage to the martyrs and mark their contribution, the government has built the landmark National War Memorial in the Capital, the Prime Minister said. He added that the increasing number of visitors to the National War Memorial shows the respect accorded by the citizens towards the contributions of the armed forces.

Prime Minister listed the steps being taken by the Government to further strengthen and modernize the Indian Defence forces. He added that the Government is committed to taking steps to ensure the welfare of soldiers.

Ceasefire violations and cross-border terrorism: The death toll mounts

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New Delhi: Sixty-three persons were killed, including 40 civilians and 23 security personnel, in ceasefire violations and cross-border terrorism in the year 2017 while there were 22 casualties in 2016 and 21 and 2015.

This information was given by India’s Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Ram Kumar Kashyap in Rajya Sabha today (30 July 2018).

The Minister told the House that based on specific and credible inputs about terrorist teams having positioned themselves at launch pads along Line of Control to carry out infiltration and conduct terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and in various metros in other States, the Indian Army carries out operations to pre-empt infiltration by terrorists.

Cross Border Infiltrations

Details of Battle Casualties (Fatal) and (Non-Fatal) in CFVs/Infiltration by terrorists:

            Battle Casualties (Fatal):

Year Officers JCOs ORs
2015 00 01 03
2016 00 00 07
2017 01 03 19

Battle Casualties (Non-Fatal):

Year Officers JCOs ORs
2015 00 00 11
2016 02 02 35
2017 00 03 31

Details of civilians Killed / Injured during last three years in the above activities.

Year Killed Injured
2015 17 70
2016 15 66
2017 40 99

Details of Battle Casualties (Fatal) and (Non-Fatal) in terrorist activities during last three years:

Battle Casualties (Fatal):

Year Officers JCOs ORs
2015 02 02 46
2016 06 02 57
2017 05 03 31

Battle Casualties (Non-Fatal):

Year Officers JCOs ORs
2015 09 05 35
2016 05 02 78
2017 16 05 79

Details of ex gratia lump sum compensation being paid to the Next of Kin (NoK) of Defence personnel are as under:-

S. No. Details w.e.f. 01/01/2006 w.e.f. 01/10/2016
  1. Death in the course of duties attributable to acts of violence by terrorists, etc. Rs. 10 lakh Rs.25 lakh
  2. Death occurring during enemy action in war or border skirmishes or in action against   militants, terrorists, etc. Rs.15 lakh Rs.35 lakh
  3. Army Group Insurance Fund Upto 30/09/16 w.e.f. 01/10/16
Officers Rs. 60 lakh Rs.75 lakh
JCOs/Other Ranks Rs.30 lakh Rs.37.5 lakh

Rs. 40 lakhs

(w.e.f. 1.1.18)

4. (a) Liberalised Family Pension as applicable to Battle casualty which is equal to emoluments last drawn by the deceased individual.

(b)  Death-cum-Retirement Gratuity which is based on length of service rendered and emoluments such drawn by the deceased individual.

Army launches a massive search oparation for terrorists in J and K

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border india pakSrinagar : Personnel of Indian Army began a high powered hunt for terrorists after the gunfire that took place in Tangdhar sector. Army began massive combing of the area and launched a massive operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tangdhar sector in search of terrorists after gunfire ringed out of the area in the early hours of Wednesday.

Reports revealed about a terrorist attack at an army post near the line of control. Earlier, a week ago, an encounter between the army and militants had resulted in gunning down and injuring few army men, out of which one personnel, a colonel had succumbed to the fire and died. Along with him, two soldiers had got severely injured but sustained serious injuries in an encounter with terrorists in Kupwara district — of which Tangdhar sector is a part.

Rise in infiltration attempts have been recorded continuously across the region of Jammu and Kashmir. Out of these 70 infiltration bids last year, many of the efforts had been failed by Indian forces and during all these infiltration attempts, around 65 terrorists managed to sneak in while 136 were pushed back. Similarly, in the calendar year of 2013, there were 91 bids by 280 terrorists, out of which a total of 97 militants were able to slip past the army’s three-tiered counter-infiltration grid.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been witnessing disturbance at the borders time and again. However, the recent increased number of violence and encounters are seen as a backlash after the sharp downturn in relations between India and Pakistan took place, following the cancellation of talks between the national security advisers in August.Although India had been insisting that Pakistan should address the issue of terrorism and facilitate resumption of bilateral talks.Pakistan on the other side has been making attempts to talk about India-Pak relations in every international platform possible, rather than trying to solve it directly with the neighbor country.

Kashmir at the crossroads of History

Anand K Sahay

The BJP’s hankering for power in Jammu and Kashmir – the country’s only Muslim-majority state – has been brazen. Its opportunist posturing to secure that end is striking. Its footwork has been crude. The party’s own rank and file are confused about what the party may be up to, and fear it is giving up its known positions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed

The Massarat Aalam episode has provoked bitter chauvinist rhetoric in Parliament and the media on Kashmir in a way that can open wounds without offering India the smallest benefit.

On the other hand, we should be alert to the fact that after a long time a new opportunity may just have come our way — thanks to processes that have evolved over the years — that can help us work the Kashmir conundrum in a manner that can broadly satisfy the principal constituencies, namely the people of Kashmir and the rest of the country.

Does India have the mettle to grasp the chance which history offers?

The BJP’s hankering for power in the country’s only Muslim-majority state has been brazen. Its opportunist posturing to secure that end is striking. Its footwork has been crude. The party’s own rank and file are confused about what the party may be up to, and fear it is giving up its known positions. Its spokesmen on television are clearly nervous when confronted with questions relating to Kashmir. But it would be a mistake to be so consumed by BJP’s discomfiture as to not see that the Centre, in tandem with the J&K government, whatever their hue, can gainfully move in a direction that brings a wider sense of relief to the Valley and helps bury old ghosts.

In such an enterprise, chasing after issues such as the release of a trouble-making minor political operative, who enjoys little standing in the Valley, is a sterile diversion. Mr Aalam, it appears, has come to be known in the Valley more now — after the tabloid-style Indian television broadcasters began calling him names, and typically uninformed Indian MPs began shouting blue murder — than he was ever before, not excluding 2010, when he became the designer of the stone-pelting agitation that claimed many lives.

It is indeed unlikely that even the separatist combine, the Hurriyat Conference, will be overjoyed at Mr Aalam’s release. Seen in political terms, the Muslim League activist walking free is a non-event, although it has made the BJP squirm and has made national headlines. More to the point, however, should a pro-Pakistan Kashmir political activist be locked away for good? What message does that send for Indian democracy?

No less foolish than all the fuss over Mr Aalam, and infinitely more dubious, is the attempted vilification of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed by some in our visual media as “the pro-Pakistan chief minister”. The Mufti may be all full of warts — like politicians tend to be. For instance, most recently, he tried to short-change history when he said that Pakistan and the separatists allowed the November-December Assembly election to be held peacefully, while the truth was that the extremists didn’t issue their traditional boycott call as this may have enabled the BJP to pick up seats in the Valley (and they didn’t want that) with as few as a thousand votes in a constituency.

For all that, Mr Sayeed is not a pro-Pakistan politician. He has never been that. But he, like many others in Kashmir, may want to keep Pakistan suitably placated — unlike people in other parts of India — because Pakistan has shown itself capable of consciously causing dangerous levels of harm in Kashmir on a sustained basis, historically. This is an important distinction to keep in mind.

It is also necessary to remember that extremist politics is likely to gain in Kashmir (and that will benefit the likes of Mr Aalam) if New Delhi seeks to torpedo the Mufti. Close to 70 per cent voting was recorded in the last state election. If a government born of such a propitious exercise, regarded as probably the most transparent ever in Kashmir, can’t fetch relative stability, it will reflect poorly on our capacity to conduct democratic politics.

With just 28 seats, Mr Sayeed is not in as strong a position as he may have liked since both the National Conference and the Congress picked up way more seats than their rivals bargained for, with the Congress becoming the only party to win seats in all the three regions of the state — the Valley, Jammu and Ladakh. If the chief minister is sought to be weakened further through reckless play by his alliance partner, then it would be handing an easy advantage to extremist tendencies.

This brings us to the question of the special conjuncture — a happy one — that Kashmir finds itself in today, a “sweet spot”. Ordinary Kashmiris have long realised that the ’90s were Kashmir’s lost decade. In the main, they fell for the Pakistan-inspired illusion that a revolutionary situation was at hand. But it soon became clear to all, including to Pakistan, that the capacity of the Indian state to defend its interests had been vastly underestimated.

Kashmir’s simple folk suffered a double blow. Their so-called liberators — the terrorists who came from Pakistan and the home-grown jihadists — killed more Muslim Kashmiris than suffered at the hands of the Indian security forces, as scholarly writing and episodic evidence alike show. The Pakistani journalist-author Arif Jamal offers a specially sturdy endorsement of this.

Subsequent events took a heavy toll of indigenous support for a cause that had been nursed with external help, and some 10 years on the structures sustained by ground-level encouragement to extremist and terrorist violence have withered, effectively speaking. Occasional militant strikes do not disprove this.

Something else has also happened, meanwhile. Pakistan’s capacity for mischief has been vastly degraded partly because Islamabad has lost credibility in the Valley (no matter how many meetings Pakistan’s high commissioners in Delhi have with Hurriyat leaders), and also because using the instrument of terrorism as state policy has begun to bite Pakistan hard. Its repeated attempts to infiltrate and shoot and kill on the Line of Control are but flickering flames of a dying lamp.

The context offers India the opportunity of a generation to stabilise Kashmir on a humanitarian basis. For instance, prisoners who are not serving time for brutal murders can be set free and helped with rehabilitation. This would be a meaningful gesture with Valley-wide appeal, unlike the case of Aalam. Young Kashmiris who had crossed over to the other side of the LoC in the militancy years (many are virtual hostages there) but yearn to return home could also be encouraged to do so. Some of these young people could go astray again, but structures to absorb them are no longer standing. A good deal depends on the wisdom we can summon.


♦The author is a political commentator based in Delhi