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Nothing can compete with the programmes of Radio Kashmir in terms of overall content, presentation and pronunciation : BASHIR ARIF INTERVIEW p08
Police Can’t Be “Women Friendly” Without Being “Citizen Friendly” SPOT-LIGHT p13
A Letter : From Kashmir to India OPINION p-04
Menace of facebook in Kashmir OPINION p-12
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Secular Test for India M KAISER
Recently, Home Minister of India Sushil Kumar Shinde made a sensational statement about terrorism. But this time words like Pakistan, Islamic, Muslims or L-e-T were not involved rather a known but bit controversial term (in India) i.e Saffron terror(also Hindu terror) was used by Shinde. Saffron terror is a phrase used to describe acts of Right-wing terrorism in India, allegedly inspired by Hindu nationalism. The term was officially used for first time on August 25, 2010 by then Home Minister, P. Chidambaram. According to Home Ministry such terror groups are associated with the Malegaon, Mecca Masjid and Samjhauta express blasts. Shinde’s remarks drew an angry reaction from the BJP, which demanded an unconditional apology, but Congress leaders defended Shinde and said right-wing terrorism was a reality in the country. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, the former Union Minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar, and Union Minister Rajeev Shukla backed Home Minister S.K Shinde’s statement on “Hindu terrorism” saying it was based “entirely on facts” made available by investigative agencies. Surprisingly, Shinde earned the dubious distinction of being the only Indian home minister to be publicly thanked by Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed. Apart from commendation and condemnation for the Home Minster`s statement, there are some vital interpretations of it. For example Shinde’s statement also implies that several big states ruled by the BJP are either running training camps for terrorists, or providing them protection. Since the Home Minster has made it clear that his assertions were not ideological but based on solid investigations. Therefore how a secular and democratic country India allow parties like BJP and RSS to function who is allegedly training terrorists? It is important to mention here that Students Islamic movement of India (SIMI), also declared as a terrorist group by government was banned by Govt. of India in 2001. Now when another group of terrorists have been identified by the government it is imperative for India to ban it and pass the secular test.
ALGERIAN KIDNAPPERS DEMAND RELEASE OF AAFIA SIDDIQUI-1 BY YVONNE RIDLEY
on’t get me wrong, as a former hostage myself; there is no way I condone the actions of what has unfolded in a remote corner of the Algerian desert. And my heart goes out to the families of those who have lost loved ones in the unfolding drama at a gas plant siege said to have been masterminded by Mohktar Belmokhtar. The infamous one-eyed Algerian militant apparently with ties to al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for launching Wednesday’s attack. It also goes without saying there is no way the kidnappers, whether politically or criminally motivated, can be justified in their actions. But an injustice is an injustice and as the only Western journalist to have specifically gone to Afghanistan to investigate the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, I have to say her plight has become a cause célèbre around the Muslim world. And I have an uncomfortable feeling that more and more Westerners will be kidnapped as their captors demand the release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a woman I once called the most wronged in the world. So just who is Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and why is a group of North Africans calling for her release? Well it’s very easy to get emotional about a wronged Muslim woman caught up in the War on Terror but I am not basing my case on emotion just some simple cold, hard facts and forensic evidence … or lack of it, but more of that and her bizarre story later. Her family will certainly not be pleased that a group of Algerian terrorists have called for her release because it will give a perception in some quarters that Dr. Aafia must be an Islamic extremist. It’s a narrative pushed by US intelligence although it has to be said in her trial the opening statement of the prosecutor stated quite clearly that she was not an al-Qaeda nor a terrorist sympathizer. The case of the mother-of-three is well known in every household in Pakistan from the most religious to the most secular … the majority of which have been demanding her repatriation for years. Now she is known as the Daughter of the Nation although her story has travelled well beyond Pakistan’s borders. Thousands of Muslim children have been named after her because of all that she has come to symbolize. The brilliant academic, educated in top US universities, is tonight languishing in a Texan jail serving an 86 year sentence after being found guilty of trying to kill American soldiers. The fact they shot her at close range and nearly killed her is often overlooked. To their eternal shame, the US soldiers serving in Afghanistan claimed in court under oath that the diminutive, fragile academic leapt at them from behind a prison cell curtain, snatching
one of their guns to shoot and kill them. It was a fabricated story that any defense lawyer worth his or her salt would have ripped apart at the seams. The scenario painted in court was incredulous and more importantly, the evidence nonexistent - no gunshot residue on her hands or clothes, no bullets from the discharged gun, no fingerprints belonging to Dr. Aafia on the gun … other vital evidence removed by US military from the scene went missing before the trial. Come on, we’ve all seen episodes of CSI - the science doesn’t lie. After being patched up in a medical wing in Bagram, she was then renditioned to America to stand trial for an alleged crime committed in Afghanistan. Flouting the Vienna and Geneva Conventions, she wasn’t given consular access until the day she made her first court appearance. The trial was held in New York, a stone’s throw from where the Twin Towers once stood making it impossible not to invoke the memories of that horrific day on September 11 which for some forever turned Muslims into Public Enemy Number One. A lackluster legal team forced on Dr. Aafia by the US authorities failed to sway the jury of her innocence, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence that she could not have snatched a soldier’s gun let alone pull the trigger. I went into the cell a few weeks after the shooting in July 2008 and discovered that the soldiers had panicked and sprayed the room with bullets as they struggled to flee. The evidence is there on film shot during my visit and handed over to the defense team. Seeing Dr Aafia emerge unshackled and unhooded from behind a curtain caused blind panic among the young soldiers who had been briefed by the FBI they were going to arrest one of the most dangerous women in the world. I interviewed eyewitnesses, senior Afghan police officers who one after another told me what happened. Yet the only Afghan brought to court to give testimony against her was the FBI’s translator who now has a green card and lives in New York with his family. What the jury was not told is that Dr. Aafia, and her three children, all aged under five at the time, had been kidnapped from a street near their home in Karachi and disappeared from 2003. The FBI put out a story at the time that she had in fact gone on a jihad to Afghanistan - it was a ludicrous tale without foundation and, as every mother of young children knows, a journey to the local corner shop with toddlers is a monumental challenge so heading off to fight in Afghanistan with a pram, pushchair and toddler in hand is simply inconceivable. The FBI narrative was destroyed by Boston-based Elaine Whitfield Sharp, a lawyer hired by the Siddiqui family when Dr. Aafia first disappeared. (Courtesy: Press Tv)
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TIES WITH INDIA I.A REHMAN
REOCCUPATION with domestic issues over the past few weeks should not have prevented Pakistan’s policymakers and informed sections of society from taking note of the dangerous events along the Line of Control in Kashmir. What led to the exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistan troops and the loss of life on both sides is not clear. However, it should not have been difficult to appreciate India’s anger at the reported beheading of one of its soldiers. One does regret the two sides’ failure to set up a mechanism for the investigation of such incidents. What should have caused immense anxiety in Pakistan was the sharp reaction from the Indian leadership, especially Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s declaration that bilateral relations had considerably deteriorated. Fortunately, the foreign ministers of both countries are making an attempt at damage control but a more earnest effort to ease the tension is obviously needed. Whatever the provocation, the Indian decision to suspend the visa-on-arrival facility for senior citizens was completely unexpected. It also made no sense. People on both sides had hailed the new system as the culmination of years of campaigning by human rights activists on both sides. It seemed the doors were being shut on agents of friendship and goodwill. This impression has been altered somewhat by the explanation that certain preparations for managing the new system have to be completed. One should hope that the suspension of the new visa regime is only for a short time. More worrisome has been the effectiveness of the hate-driven campaign by India’s communal organisations, led by the new boss of Shiv Sena, who is obviously keen to establish himself as a tougher troublemaker than his recently departed predecessor. Pakistani hockey players were sent back home before they had time to unsheathe their sticks, the venue of a Pakistani women’s cricket match was shifted from Mumbai, a Pakistani actor was obliged to rush back home, a drama team was disallowed participation in a theatre festival and Ajoka’s performance of a play on Manto at Jaipur was cancelled (though by allowing two performances of the play in New Delhi, Indian society confirmed its valuable stock of sanity). These incidents should not be dismissed as infantile petulance; they betray the communal extremists’ fears that cooperation between India and Pakistan in the areas of the arts, sports and culture, as indeed free travel between the two countries, will demolish the walls of acrimony they and their patrons in mainstream politics have raised after years of hard labour. This also underlines the urgency of redoubled efforts to promote deeper cooperation between the two neighbours in the cultural field. Islamabad and New Delhi both should be aware of the challenges they face from anti-democratic and anti-secular forces in the run-up to their general elections and both need to protect whatever of substance has survived in their democratic systems after the free hand allowed to self-seekers and criminals with money bags. Indian democracy’s being more resilient than Pakistan’s seasonal experiments in democratic governance does not mean that New Delhi can afford to be complacent about the canker of communalism in its body politic. In Pakistan’s case, the battle with terrorists and religious militants has become for obvious reasons a matter of life and death and therefore it has much greater need to strengthen its defences against attacks on its constitu-
tional order. There have recently been signs and suggestions that Indian politicians and the intelligentsia have begun to see in the threats to Pakistan’s political system and its integrity potential risks to peace and security in their own country. Similarly, the fact that exploiters of common people’s religious sentiments on both sides derive strength from each other’s antics is now widely known. The soundness of these formulations is manifest and no arguments are necessary to realise the need for India and Pakistan to avoid doing or tolerating anything in their respective lands that could start a cycle of action and reaction on the other side and cause harm to both societies. Since Pakistan’s problems are quite acute, Islamabad must realise that not only neighbourly relations with India but mutually beneficial collaboration in economic and political fields has become essential for its progress, perhaps even survival. Thus Islamabad must move beyond the point the army chief recently made when he called for a shift in the security paradigm because of the fact that the threats to Pakistan’s security from the north-west had become more serious than those from the eastern and southern sides. The sooner practical steps are taken to make the border with India peaceful without the presence of large contingents of troops, the better. There is a clear need for the defence strategists of India and Pakistan to realise what a mess they have created by pursuing inappropriate, to use a mild expression, security doctrines, and to find ways of evolving new and rational answers to their security concerns, preferably in a broader South Asian context. Unfortunately this does not seem likely in the near future and Pakistan and India may have to spend more time on confidence building measures. Meanwhile there is no reason for Pakistan to delay rethinking its defence strategy. The folly of depending on the benevolence of international war contractors and arms suppliers was exposed long ago and so was the misplaced faith in the capacity of the so-called Muslim bloc to keep Pakistan’s modest war machine going. The impossibility of forcing India to yield ground under the pressure of arms should have been accepted by now by commanders and footmen alike. Likewise Pakistan should have no fears of being destroyed by the Indian military. The time for such scenarios has passed. The only possibility Pakistan should be on guard against is that a punitive strike against Pakistan may be seen by a desperate government in India as a way to ease the pressure for revival of confrontationist policies from hawks in its political and military establishments. This danger can be warded off by skilful diplomacy. The only condition is that diplomats should begin to be recognised for their ability to defuse tensions and not for proficiency in blame games or point-scoring. It is also time to realise that Pakistan should seek security less in the size of its arsenal and the strength of its defence personnel and more in the country’s economic stability, democratic consolidation and revival of the people’s allegiance to the state. Once this view is accepted by the defence high command it will become possible for it to wholeheartedly support, possibly lead, the government’s efforts to begin a new era of peace and cooperation with India. The time is ripe for this opening to the east, for at the moment there seems to be no difference between Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif on the urgency of good, fruitful ties with India. (Courtesy DAWN)
Srinagar, January 28-03 February 2013
A LETTER : From Kashmir to India BY AZAN KASHMIRI
“We shall meet again in Srinagar by the gates of the Villa Of Peace, Our hands blossoming into fists till soldiers return the keys and disappear...”
“SOMETIMES IT’S TOO TOUGH TO GET PEACE WHEN THE WHOLE WORLD IS AT WAR, WHEN THERE ARE MANY TO FIGHT AND LESS TO LIVE.”
Maybe if I share the path I walk then a little more of your pain will vanish. I want you to heal, whoever you are. I don’t care what pain you’ve brought the world; I just want yours to subside. No matter what, your path is yours. Don’t follow misery or worry. Devote every moment of your life to improving your dreams. Love your world. Cherish the good you do. Let go of hatred...” Sometimes it’s too tough to get peace when the whole world is at War, when there are many to fight and less to live... It feels a sorry figure when a country which calls itself as a big democratic and Republic, says that Kashmir should now be developed economically; but whenever such progress is faced with protest, it is considered by the people sitting in Delhi as an uncivilized act. Please for the sake of God how can you start a new chapter when there are still some unfinished chapters in its History? AND I feel that without completing those unfinished chapters and starting a new chapter...the book of Kashmir cannot be completed. Still the incidents of Kunan Poshpora are alive in our minds. Sometimes when i turn the pages of conflict in Kashmir I find that the human rights situation is steadily worsening, with increasing numbers of civilian killings and injuries and for a time, the highest number of reported ‘disappearances’ in Kashmir. The use of excessive force, the killing of students and innocent civilians by the security forces is totally unacceptable. No country Has a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people. The experience of being in exile is thought to be analogous to travelling in history, which inscribes cultural memories that are crucial for overcoming the sense of displacement. The continuity of a living memory therefore mitigates the distance across both the spatial and the temporal divide. The poet transcends this divide by taking us from Srinagar to Karbala, to hint at the similarity in human struggles across centuries: described by Aga Shahid Ali:
So nothing then but Karbala’s slaughter
through my mother’s eyes at the majlis, mourning Zainab in the Damascene court, for she must stand before the Caliph alone, her eyes my mother’s, my mother’s hers across these centuries, each year blackrobed in that 1992 Kashmir summer— evening curfew minutes away: The sun died. We had with Zainab’s words returned home: Hussain, I’m in exile from exile, lost from city to city. Perhaps this war will pass like the others, leaving us dead, killing us along with the killers but the shame of this time puts its burning fingers to our faces. Who will answer the questions hidden in the innocent blood? I am left with nothing just some memories some words which i sometimes recall, while moving through those deserted streets where once i spend my Childhood; and want to conclude with these words:
When through night’s veil they continue to seep, stars in infant galaxies begin to weep stars. After the eclipse, there were no cheap stars How can you be so cheap, stars? How grateful I am you stay awake with me till by dawn, like you, I’m ready to sleep, stars! If God sows sunset embers in you, Shahid, all night, because of you, the world will reap stars. Thus, if you cannot refuse to fall down, refuse to stay down, lift your heart toward heaven like a hungry beggar, ask that it be filled and it will be filled. You may be pushed down. You may be kept from rising. But no one can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven-only you. It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clear. The one who says nothing good came of this is not yet listening. Feedback at: Flashback.kashmir@ gmail.com
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Hindustan construction Company Blasts Rules & Regulations
THE KASHMIR SCENARIO DISCLOSURE
ane quarters and local populace of Bandipora are up in arms against Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) executing the 330 MW Kishenganga hydroelectric project in the area as they accuse the company of causing severe damage to natural environ and causing perilous pollution in the area. The accusation of local populace are supported by ground facts. The facts accessed by The Kashmir Scenario point out towards the great damages caused by HCC to the fish habitat and natural environment of Ban-
Nature lovers and environmental experts have constantly been emphatically stating that the crushers units present near the fresh water streams are shoddily disturbing trout production in the Bandipora district.
dipora. As a result of clear flouting of prescribed rules, HCC Stonecrushing units are destroying Fish habitat in Bandipora. HCC Units are simply operating illegally, authorities securing units, looking other way. Even after trout fish death HCC authorities drain turbid water in the fresh water stream. The number of crushing units operating in the kralpora and river Gurez bear a glaring example of this bleak veracity. It is worth mentioning here that as a result of illegal approach of HCC thousands of fish have died in number of fresh streams in Bandipora , as nature lovers and environmental experts have constantly been emphatically stating that the crushers units present near the fresh water streams are shoddily disturbing trout production in the Bandipora district. The height of callous attitude is revealed by the fact that a number of crusher units set up by Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) in Bandipora are directly operating on the banks of the fresh water streams. As result of these crushers and no mechanism to check the dirt generated, the residue and other waste generated by these crushers gets deposited in the streams thus lending a fatal blow to the aqua habitat and polluting the precious water bodies of Bandipora. Sometime back, the physical and chemical analysis report of prestigious National Institute of
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REMEMBERING ER.GHULAM HASSAN KHAN FAIZAN BHATT
. ER. GHULAM HASSAN KHAN WAS NOT ONLY A GOOD ENGINEER BUT ALSO A GOOD WRITER AND AUTHOR. HE WROTE BOOKS NOT ONLY ON ENGINEERING BUT ALSO ON RELIGION. HIS PROMINENT BOOKS INCLUDE NIKAH, COME LET US PRAY, INFLUENCE OF ISLAMIC PERCEPTS ON ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE. HE ALSO TRANSLATED AVRADYA FATEHA AND KIBRATEY AHMER INTO ENGLISH.
An alumni of SP college Srinagar Harvard University, USA. Ghulam Hassan Khan was born on 11th January, 1907 at shah mohalla, Nawabbazar,Srinagar.G.H.Khan received his education from Govt. Primary School,Baghi Dilawar Khan and matriculation from Govt.High School,Baghi Dilawar Khan.Khan did his graduation from SP College.In 1927 Ghulam Hassan Khan got selected for MSc. Mathematics in Aligarh Muslim University. At the same time he was asked to submit an application for professional training abroad by the Maharaja. Luckily, G.H.Khan got selected at Harvard University in the Department of Civil Engineering as he had good
grades and he cut short his studies in AMU. It took him 33 days of voyage to reach America. He excelled there and after getting his degree returned back to Kashmir. Pertinently, He got many opportunities in the U.S and other countries but his love and desire to do something for his society brought him back to his homeland. He is known as the first Muslim engineer of J&K state and the 4th of India to complete his masters from prestigious Harvard. He as an engineer did many good projects; He was instrumental in constructing Hari Niwas, Boulevard Road, SMHS Hospital, Sindh Valley projects, Grand Palace etc, construction of the first bridge in Kashmir goes to his credit.he also installed central heating system
in SMHS hospital which is functional even today. He was founder principal of Govt. Polytechnic College, Srinagar . He retired as chief engineer. Er. Ghulam Hassan Khan was not only a good engineer but also a good writer and author. He wrote books not only on engineering but also on religion. His prominent books include Nikah, Come Let Us Pray, Influence of Islamic Percepts on Engineering and Architecture. He also translated Avradya Fateha and Kibratey Ahmer into English. This great personality passed away on 31st December 1997. (The Author is perusing Chemical Engineering From N.I.T Srinagar).
An Effective Human Resource Management Plan
DR.MANZOOR AHMAD YETOO An effective Human Resource Management Plan is incomplete without an efficient and competent Human Resource professionals. Brain storming should involve the study of employees and their contribution to the company as a whole, controlling of employee costs, bringing aboard ,new competent hires, employee trainings and superannuation and terminations. To start with creating an effective Human Resources Management Plan,
you need to evaluate where the business of the organization is focused during the each business cycle. Other aspects include the observations whether the organization is heading towards expansion, outsourcing or making cut-backs to save money. These aspects help to meet the company objectives. Besides that you need to determine the key skills and talents needed to meet these objectives. This enables the HR Department to channelize the existing talents for effective goal orientation and also to decide that which and where the training is needed for better results. Communication is another important aspect in a healthy Human Resource Management Plan .How well the company objectives, values and expectations are communicated to employees, is a fundamental aspect of managing the people of an organization. An utmost care is needed to handle communication to access the return of their people investments at critical times.
Alongside communication is evaluation of the Human Resources Management plan itself. Taking time to survey the employees of the company to find out how well they see the everyday experience of working for the company can reveal many things about the business. This is a time for review and adaptation when needed to tweak things to improve them. Most important is that Human Resources should put the face of humanity in the business. Planning company events, creation of employee recognition and improvement in incentive management, employee benefits, removal of alienation, certainly puts forward a happy and successful Human Resource Management Plan. (The author is an expert in environment ,project & waste Management, occupational safety& health & pollution control and empanelled expert for Indo European chamber of commerce and industry). (You may reach him at manzooryetoo@ yahoo.co.in)
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brought to light sensational realities on the havoc caused by HCC on natural environ and habitats of Bandipora. According to this report, the pollution had created chemical disturbance in the water flowing near the project site where HCC is operating. The report further reveals that the total dissolved solids in water are 1340 mg/l which should have been otherwise only 500mg/l. The report reveals that the hardness of water has increased to 780 mg/litre which normally should be 300-500 mg/l. Similarly, the alkalinity of the water has increased to 1210 mg/l. On the other hand, the pH value of water has also increased by 13 percent and the range of Chlorides has decreased from normal 250-1000mg/l to 48 mg/litre. ”The polluted water can neither be used for human consumption nor for washing purposes,” the report stated. On the other hand of Technology (NIT) Srinagar the spectrum, even the ba-
The height of brazen violation of given prescribed safety norms and mechanism by HCC has reached HIMALAYAN HEIGHTS. According to reliable sources, out of 14 basic Personal Protective Equipment (PPPe’s) that every company is supposed to have but HCC even does not possess these basic protective equipment in its store.
sic safety rules and mechanisms are blatantly violated by Hindustan Construction Company (HCC).The quality of footwear provided to workers and other staff by HCC is of highly below par quality and does not even last for a month. Pertinently, such footwear is supposed to at least last for more than six months. The height of brazen violation of given prescribed safety norms and mechanism by HCC has actually reached HIMALAYAN HEIGHTS. According to reliable sources, out of 14 basic Personal Protective Equipment (PPPe’s) that every construction company is supposed to have but HCC even does not possess these basic protective equipment in its store. On the other hand quiet astonishingly the HCC does not even provide its workers with much needed Gas Mask which is direly needed for the type of work done by HCC, while as they have to just be sufficed with ordinary Dust Masks and that too are provided after much delay. Shockingly enough, during the blasting process carried out by the HCC, the workers are pushed into the tunnel when the process is yet to be finished and potential dangers yet to be weaned off. From worker to vendor everyone associated with technical process is frustrated with the shoddy safety mechanism outlook adopted by the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC). The ground situation clearly highlights the illegal and immoral approach adopted by the Hindustan Construction Company which boasts in self-pride of being one of the leading construction companies of India but when it comes to Kashmir the company is turning a blind eye towards prescribed norms and rules. The destruction of natural environment of Bandipora by HCC and violation of laid out safety norms and rules aptly prove this veracity.
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Noted media personality, Poet and Deputy Director General Radio Kashmir and FM2 103.5; Bashir Aarif is a Noted poet and broadcaster. role in making radio Kashmir popular. Therefore we want to grow it with a new dynamics and it would be definitely loved by the audiences.
Critics say private radio stations have eaten into the audience base of Radio Kashmir. Your take? I would like to state that Radio Kashmir continues to have firm holding and is a fatherly figure among the other coming up private radio station. Nothing can compete with the programmes of Radio Kashmir in terms of overall content, presentation and pronunciation.
Any planned innovations in the FM station of Radio Kashmir to meet the desired expectations? I think innovations for the sake of innovations have no meaning. We believe in making positive changes and not those innovations wherein programmes are broadcasted in a nonsensical manner, as is the case with some private radio stations were one listens to nonstop and often meaningless presentation, pronunciation and music.
Nothing can compete with the programmes of Radio Kashmir in terms of overall content, presentation and pronunciation
IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ‘THE KASHMIR SCENARIO’, BASHIR ARIF TALKS TO MALIK SAJID & RAMEEZ MAKHDOOMI.
In the wake of growing Internet culture and rampant growth in Satellite Channels on Television, what role does “Radio” have in contemporary times? This trend will continue and has continued since very beginning. A large number of mediums like TV channels and Internet have come up but they are mediums of ‘affluent class’ while as Radio is a medium of ‘common public’ and it requires just ears to listen to radio and as a medium of mass communication would continue to play a prominent role.
How do you envisage the growth of “Radio Kashmir” when compared to other radio stations? Radio Kashmir has achieved great excellence and has been a great training center for globally acclaimed programmers and studio Directors. Radio Kashmir has the credit to have talented and internationally famed personas like M M.Chawla , Prem Nath Dhar, Prem Nath Pardesi, Mir Ghulam Rasool Nazki, Babar , etc. I have been fortunate enough to work with these famed personalities that helped me to reach to this stature.
Many say Programmes like “AAJ KI SURKHIYA” has lost its track. Your take on this? In this regard, I would like to say that now we are addicted to listening sensation and here at radio Kashmir we are not for spreading sensation. The programme is presented in a manner so that it fulfills its objective of building the morning mood of the listeners and also provide information in correct form.
You are a known broadcaster. Will audiences hear you in any future programmes? Inshallah you would listen me in Zuni Dab. But, we would be definitely giving more chance to young and talented broadcasters like Azhar Hajini, Masood Muntazar, Rayees Mohiuddin.
What are the main challenges posed to radio in current times? Radio in itself is a challenge to the corrupt and inefficient people, as the ears and eyes of radio are always alert and ever ready to highlight the problems faced by the masses. Yes, we would have to revive our archives and train our future to maintain efficiency.
What is your message?
I would just like to say that we at Radio Kashmir would continue to broadcast sensitive, You recently revealed on a television programme that catchy and simple programmes and will never once renowned radio feature in Kashmiri, ‘Zuni Dab’ is ever broadcast anything that is even slightly vulgar in nature. We believe in maintaining being revived. How do you view its prospects? high standards of broadcasting as a leading As you must be aware, that this pro- public broadcaster. gramme was highly popular and had created a big audience. This programme has also played
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Srinagar, January 28-03 February 2013
SALAHUDDIN APPEALS FOR HURRIYAT LEADERS UNITY Reiterating his appeal to the Hurriyat Conference factions to unite and come to a common platform, United Jehad Council Chairman, Syed Salahuddin said that no faction of the Hurriyat Conference should single handedly enter into a dialogue with New Delhi. He also rejected the idea of bilateral dialogue between any two parties for solution to the vexed Kashmir issue. “Bilateral dialogue cannot serve any purpose and could be harmful the interests of the ongoing movement. So if there has to be a dialogue, it must be tripartite, and only one faction of the Hurriyat Conference should not enter into dialogue with India”, said Syed Salahuddin while talking to KNS. On the Hurriyat Conference (M)’s recent Pakistan Visit, the Hizb Chief said that the situation demanded unification of leadership and therefore efforts should be made for reunification of all the separatist political forces. “I would urge all the separatist political leaders to get united for the sake of the mission. Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Yasin Malik and all other leaders should exhibit a united strength and come on a common platform”, he said. “When all of them have the same goal, all are there for the same mission, I don’t understand why they are not sitting on the same table”, wondered the UJC Chief, adding that the time had come when these leaders must reach a consensus and work together. Criticizing the former Pak
Military ruler Gen (rtd) Parvez Musharf, Syed Salahuddin said that the former dictator should have understood that by proposing the four point formula, he was losing his bargaining position. “If anyone had to gain from his formula, it was only India and none else”, said the Hizb Chief. He, however, was quick to add that political, diplomatic and public role can not be out rightly ruled out in reaching a consensus. Stating that the ongoing armed struggle was the outcome of the failure of nearly half a century peaceful movement seeking independence from India, the United Jihad Council Supremo said, the history stands testimony to the fact that political struggles could never vacate foreign occupations.
“History is the witness to the fact that Political infrastructure could never achieve the goals of removing the foreign occupations”, Salah ud din told KNS. He said that though he was not averse to dialogue but dialogues did not facilitate the release of even a single person, “leave alone settling the dispute.” The Hizb chief said that the erstwhile Soviet Union not only fled from Afghanistan after conceding defeat to Afghan Mujahedeen but also disintegrated into several parts. He however admitted that Post 9/11 attacks in America, the dimensions of the armed struggles changed and consequently there was a change in the strategies also. The UJC head said that since after the 2008 public agita-
tion in Kashmir, UJC had revisited its strategy and it had decided to restrict activities to the border areas only. “When people had hit the streets, we did not want to allow forces to act agaist civilians in the garb of negotiating militancy, so we decided against carrying out attacks in civilian areas”, said Salah ud din, adding that the militants have increased their attacks on Indian forces in Machil, Tangdhar, R.S Pora and other border areas, and their confrontation with the forces in these areas was continuing. Salahuddin claimed that the armed struggle was going through an important phase. “Kashmiris at the moment might be feeling tired and disappointed but they will never be ready to leave the mission half way”, asserted Salah ud din, adding that the movement has already transferred itself to the generation next. “Movements don’t vanish by temporary disappointments”, said Hizb Chief. Regarding the participation of the Panchss and Sarpanchs in recently held MLC elections, Salah ud din said, that he loves the people of his homeland and was fully aware of their helplessness. “ I understand their problems and helplessness. They vote for electricity, for Employment, for roads and think that after voting, they would get these facilities, but then India projects it as a referendum in its favor which is not true.” He said that such tactics won’t yield anything for India. (Courtesy KNS)
Geelani snubs Omar:
yed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) today asked chief minister Omar Abdullah not to intervene in the role of UN military observers in J&K as he is irrelevant for such an issue. “It is better for him (Omar Abdullah) to confine himself to administration only. He issued the statement on Un observers to appease the masters in Delhi and stop Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Saif-u- Din Soz for their role in Kashmir politics,” Geelani said in a statement. He termed the relevance and the presence of UN military observers in Kashmir of vital
importance. Geelani said ‘Kashmiri’s as a party were not included in Shimla Agreement and thus the agreement has not over taken the role of UN observers’. He questioned India’s right to raise the issue of legality of UN observers as ‘it was India that submitted the case in United Nations’. “Though United Nation has not played an impressive and allocated role and exhibited negligence ,yet no power on earth can deny the importance of deployment of its observers in Jammu and Kashmir. Their presence stands a logic and clear proof that Kashmir is in no way a part of India. It is disputed in nature and the resolution with
regards to its future political destiny is yet to be resolved,” Hurriyat (G) chairman said. Geelani, while referring to the bilateral agreements between India and Pakistan, said that since 1947 the two nations signed the agreements and resolved to settle the issue but in absence of the prime party no positive results were yielded. “These agreements had proved that presence of UN observers has not lost its importance. India as an appellant had requested the UN intervention and it would be unjustified and a sort of disregard to impress its demand for the withdrawal of the UN troops from the disputed territory”, said Hurriyat (G) chair-
man adding “It does not suit a nation to disassociate and show indifference to international agreements which once it has endorsed”. Geelani while referring the history said, Jammu and Kashmir was a sovereign state till 1947 and “India with its aggressive policy and invasion by its forces occupied the state”. “India sought the intervention of United Nations and even the 18 resolutions it agreed upon in UN stand testimony for resolution of Kashmir dispute”. He said that the resolutions observed and accorded in United Nations provide a moral and constitutional support to Kashmir cause.
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Menace of facebook in Kashmir
F MALIK SAMEED
acebook is the most used social networking website in the world. The founder of the facebook is Mark Elliot Zuckerberg and is born in 14 may 1984. He is an American computer programmer and launched facebook in February 2004 in his dormitory room. The motive of facebook is to connect the people from one edge of world to other like to know the culture, language, living style etc. But regrettably some users use facebook with other philosophy, the manner it is used even religions conflicts will be created. Mostly Those pages are created which are completely against the law and making a joke of holy religions. Nobody can bear them as they are against their respective religions and use bad words. These dirty pages are created by some unknown miscreant and then we comment on these pages and use bad words but we don’t know that if we comment on this it will share on our profile and everybody can see this. In world, virtually more than 750 million active users 50% users log on to Facebook in every given day and spends more than 700 billion minute per months on facebook. As far as Kashmir is concerned the impact of facebook on youth is very destructive. These sites, designed to increase
ease of information sharing online and help keep persons connected in ways previously impossible, have become an almost indispensible piece of most kashmiri students’ lives. The users spend more time on facebook and can’t concentrate on their studies. As the parents think our wards are collecting information from facebook but their concept is erroneous. Virtually 70% of users in Kashmir use facebook for useless chatting and wastes their precious time. They make friends from other country but not to know the culture but to impress the girls. Mostly if the girl is ugly and not that type which are standard for a boy to marriage, they have many requests as compare to handsome boys because the youth of our generation refer to chat with those girls whom are stimulating and endearing to chat with them and the chat is simple like WHAT IS UR HOBBY, CAN U BE MY FRND and she says ok sure and then after a boy gets chance, after some chat he directly states her that WILL U BE MY life partner. Those words are true and I have seen what the today’s youth do to impress, do different tricks to get a girl and start flirting, exchange their numbers and spent more time on phone, forget their books and aim of his life. Facebook has many mer-
its like to promote business with the help of page and to know the culture of other peoples like way of talking, language, food etc. But the current generation didn’t take advantages of facebook and they are busy with their style of facebook. We have seen that if the mother was calling his ward for food and he or she was busy in using facebook, they shout on his or her mother. No religion has taught us that we are allowed to shout on our mother. The value of a mother in the sense of today’s youth is very fluff. They don’t give respect as they have to give. Facebook is good for Kashmiri youth but way of using the facebook is not good. As many of our youth is using facebook when they are in classroom, the teacher was teaching and they were busy in facebook that means wastage of money, time, and the result at end is zilch and after that they cannot recover themselves, continuing the misappropriation of facebook. The hopes of parents are very high on their wards but regrettable their wards don’t execute their hopes due to watage of precious time on facebook . The impact of facebook on Kashmiri youth is very destructive as compared to youth of other state or country.
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Political roadmap key to settle Political issues: Omar
‘Indo-Pak talks must in this regard’ KUPWARA, : Underscoring the importance for resolving political issues of Jammu and Kashmir through a political roadmap, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Thursday said that he would continue to bat for Indo-Pak talks in this regard adding that gun has never been solution to any problem. Addressing mammoth public gatherings at Handwara and Kupwara today, the Chief Minister said that resolution of political issues of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance to the aspirations of its people can be sought only through talks between the two neighbours. Omar Abdullah said that presence of UNO observers in the State have been of no consequences so far which is amply clear to all. “We know they remained mute spectators during the saga of militancy as also during the time when LoC was roaring with shelling of guns for a long time”, he said adding that the ceasefire on LoC was due to talks and agreement between India and Pakistan. “Addressing of political issues and finding out solution to these would be also through the process of dialogue between the two countries. Presence of UNO observers or not is not required for this breakthrough”, he elaborated. Taking a dig on PDP and its leadership for deceiving people on issues by flaring up sentiments, Omar Abdullah said that politics of deceit has been their trait. “People are wiser enough to read between the lines and understand this kind of politicking”, he said maintaining that National Conference since the time of Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah stood for peaceful settlement of Political issues through the process of dialogue. “We would continue our endeavour in this regard”, he said adding that gun has never solved any problem but created numerous ones. He said Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was offered gun to carry forward his political roadmap but he denied it vehemently saying gun only creates miseries and serves no purpose which is a universal truth and people of Jammu and Kashmir are witness to it.
On the empowerment of Panchayats, the Chief Minister said that powers from 14 departments have already been transferred to panchayat institutions. “You should not be so selective about spending funds and concentrating on financial aspects, this you will be doing gradually to your full capacity but other issues like ensuring attendance of teachers in schools, availability of ration at ration depots, monitoring of Anganwari Centres, status of water and power supply and other basic services to people in your area, requires your priority attention to ensure proper functioning of the departments of whose services have been transferred to you”, he told panches and sarpanches who were present in the public meeting in a good number. Omar Abdullah said that elections to Block Development Councils for panchayats would be held within next two-three months. “This will further empower panches and sarpanches both on financial and administrative fronts”, he said. On employment, Omar Abdullah said that 70,000 to 80,000 posts in government departments are being filled up on fast track and a mechanism in this regard has already been formulated. He said job creation for youth has remained the top priority of his government and all avenues in the government and private sector are being explored to absorb more and more youth in the services. Saying that district Kupwara has been fortress of National Conference all along, the Chief Minister praised Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Mir Saif-ullah,
Kafil-ur-Rehman and Sharief-udDin Shariq for nurturing National Conference in this district and upholding its high principles. “I am confident that you would continue to work for upliftment of the people and seek their welfare”, he said and referred to the faith reposed by the people in National Conference and its leadership time and again. The Chief Minister said that National Conference has never been power hungry and in fact Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah developed and groomed this party when he was outside the party. “Its workers prefer to work in party and extend their selfless service to people. It is immaterial for them to be a minister or not. Their only goal is public welfare and they always to achieve this target”, he said adding that the strength of National Conference lies in the wholehearted support of its workers and showered praises on them. He said by inducting Choudhary Mohmmad Ramzan and Mir Saif-ullah in Cabinet and giving status of Cabinet Minister to Kafil-ur-Rehman he has fulfilled the cherished desire of the people of Kupwara. He expressed the hope that all the seats from this district would be bagged by National Conference in next general Assembly Election. The public meetings were also addressed by Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Minister for CAPD Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Minister for Law, Mir Saif-ullah, Parliament Member, Shariefud-Din Shariq, Provincial President NC, Nasir Aslam Wani and District President NC, Qaiser Jamsheed.
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Police Can’t Be “Women Friendly” Without Being “Citizen Friendly”
MADHU PURNIMA KISHWAR
Our colonial minded police have emerged as the biggest threat to the security of life and liberty of citizens of India- because of their deep nexus with not just political mafias but also petty criminals and lumpen elements. Therefore, merely subjecting them to special training courses on “gender sensitivity” cannot transform them into lawful instruments for protecting citizens from harm. I illustrate this from one of many personal experiences because I am convinced such abuse is taking place on a large scale. But it remains hidden because of the silence of victims. On 13th July 2012, my brother AK was shocked out of his wits when in the middle of the night at about 1.30 a.m. Sub Inspector Jasveer and constable Jogendra Singh of R.K. Puram South Campus police station told him that they had come to arrest him on the complaint of one Rahul David alleging that my brother had sexually assaulted him earlier that evening, thereby making him liable to arrest under Section 377 of the penal code which treats “unnatural sex” as an offence punishable with up to 10 years in jail plus fine. David alleged that AK
had met him in Munirka Market outside Bikanerwala, made him get into an auto and took him to a park in Shanti Niketan where AK sexually assaulted him. David showed some superficial self-inflicted bruises and cuts to support his allegations. My brother told the SI that several neighbours could testify that he had spent time with them that evening. Moreover, the CCTV cameras installed at the entrance of the housing complex records every entry and exit to the gated colony. The SI would have none of it and insisted that AK had to accompany them to the South Campus Police station right away or else they would drag him forcibly. When AK went to change his clothes, the SI whispered to his wife RB that he could get the case settled right then and there if they paid David the demanded sum of money. My sister-inlaw was outraged at this brazen blackmail since it amounted to accepting guilt. At this point my brother phoned me and narrated the bizarre happenings. I asked him to let me speak to the SI and asked him why could he not wait till morning so that they could investigate the authenticity of the charge? The SI replied rudely, “We come when we receive a complaint. You better not interfere in
the performance of our duty unless you want to invite trouble!” We realized we had no choice but to do their bidding. Fortunately, I was able to get a lawyer friend to come to the R.K. Puram South Campus Police Station at that unearthly hour. Here is a glimpse into the background of Rahul David: My sister in-law’s father was bedridden due to a paralytic stroke he suffered in January 1991. Since then, her parents who live in the same housing complex have always kept a male attendant to take care of the father. Rahul David came through a nursing agency and worked at their home for about 4 months in late 2007. During that period, a number of valuables, including cash, jewelry and electronic items went missing. David had a very lavish lifestyle. Things he flaunted indicated that apart from stealing in this particular house, he was into other thefts and illegal acts. Therefore, David’s contract was terminated without reporting the thefts he had committed over 4 months to the police because of lack of hard evidence and also because they feared he might harm them out of vindictiveness. Even though there were gaping holes in his story, the SI seemed determined to push us towards a “settlement” and “compromise. “When I asked the policemen why they were reluctant to examine the veracity of David’s version, Jogendra Singh told me, “Madam, all of these ‘human rights walas’ have tied the hands of the police and rendered it powerless. We have no choice but to go by his version—right or wrong— and register a case against whomever he complains. Otherwise we will be hauled up for dereliction of duty”. My brother stood adamant for a long while insisting that they go ahead with the MLC of David and that he was willing to fight the case. But our lawyer friend told us that the whole drama was well scripted and there seemed solid complicity between David and the two policemen. If we did not yield the demanded bribe a criminal case would be registered against him under a non-bailable offence. This would
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not only mean immediate suspension from his government job but also a long drawn legal battle to prove his innocence. Since all this was happening in the dead of night and we knew that the police were capable of fudging the MLC as well to trap my brother if he did not yield to their blackmail, I persuaded my family to let me pay up lest my brother end up being sent to jail for no other crime except resisting blackmail by a small time thug.
They first asked us to pay Rs 15,000 but later scaled down the demand to Rs 10,000. (We found out later that from most others victims David managed to extort much larger sums. Policemen made a relatively lighter demand on us because we were resisting blackmail and were insisting that the case be investigated.)
They first asked us to pay Rs 15,000 but later scaled down the demand to Rs 10,000. (We found out later that from most others victims David managed to extort much larger sums. Policemen made a relatively lighter demand on us because we were resisting blackmail and were insisting that the case be investigated.) After receiving the money, the SI made David sign a statement that he had made a mistake about AK’s identity and that he had no complaint against him or his family. Our family was deeply traumatized by this incident because this was the first time any of us paid a bribe. I succumbed to the pressure because I am already saddled with the burden of facing a whole array of false counter cases on account of my policy reform work for street vendors which brought Manushi, the human rights organization I work
for, into conflict with political mafias who prey on the illegal status of street hawkers. Every time I or other Manushi volunteers were subjected to murderous attacks from politically patronized gangsters, the goons succeeded in filing fake counter cases against me and other Manushi members involving serious criminal charges (including attempt to murder, Section 420, impersonation, extortion and fraud) with a view to forcing us to abandon our work. One of our most active and valuable member has also been implicated in a bogus “attempt to rape” case through the use of call girls. These cases, filed in 2007, have gone on and on without an end in sight. They have caused us endless grief, humiliation, harassment and a waste of time in addition to financial burden. For my brother the consequences would have been much worse since he is in a government job. Even one day in jail would mean automatic suspension from his job and endless ignominy. The eagerness of the police in brokering a “settlement” convinced me that this kind of misuse of the sodomy and sexual assault law we experienced is not likely to be a solitary incident. Therefore, I personally met the DCP of South Delhi to apprise her of the facts. Since she assured me of action, I sent her a written complaint by e-mail. Within two days I got a midnight call from the DCP saying their investigations had confirmed that even in recent weeks David had lodged similar complaints against dozens of men in several thanas of Delhi and managed to extract huge pay offs. One of the victims happened to be a well-known TV anchor known to me. I called the person and he confirmed that David had extorted hefty amounts of money from him on several occasions using a similar strategy. After the second incident, he had filed a police complaint but nothing came of it and David targeted him yet again. I persuaded him to lodge yet another complaint. Thanks to the DCP’s personal intervention, we succeeded in getting an F.I.R registered on 23rd July 2012. However, even though in my complaint I had specially mentioned the devious role of the two policemen, the F.I.R made no mention of them.
When my sister-in-law went to the police station to collect a copy of the F.I.R, she was shown transcripts of a number of calls made by David to the police control room from different localities such as Hari Nagar, C.R Park, GK II, Safdarjung Enclave and several others to register similar cases against numerous men. However, in the case registered against David, only two cases of blackmail were mentioned even though the DCP herself told me that David had blackmailed dozens of others in the preceding few months. I insisted that the DCP should investigate the role of the policemen who accompanied David in blackmailing our family on 12th July as well as other families on earlier occasions because a petty thug like David could not have dared walk into respectable homes and extort money without active help and complicity of the police. However, the “internal inquiry” by the S.H.O held that the two cops had “acted in good faith”; that the charge of blackmail does not appear valid since “Madhu Kishwar as a wellknown activist cannot possibly be intimidated or blackmailed.” Needless to say, Rahul David managed to be out on bail within no time. We were not even informed when the case came up for hearing, or the name of the public prosecutor appointed to appear on our behalf. I am certain David and his police accomplices are back in business as before. I am also convinced that he is not the only crook to have discovered this method of blackmail. It is likely to be happening on a large scale indicating that even men can be entrapped in a culture of silence to protect themselves from social disgrace. I narrate this story mainly to highlight the point that you cannot make our police “gender sensitive” by subjecting them to special training sessions or sermons unless they are made “citizen sensitive”. This too doesn’t happen by subjecting them to occasional sermons. It happens only by institutionalizing principles of accountability and transparency in the very structure of the police - including better recruitment criteria, and creating incentives for honest work. (COURTESY:MANUSHI)
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Meet the daayans! Picture this - dark shadows, lizards and daayan (witch) dolls hanging from trees. No, this was not out of a horror film. It was actually the setting for the press conference of Ek Thi Daayan that started at midnight. Discarding the staid press conference routine, Balaji on Wednesday put up an electrifying act by Emraan Hashmi and his daayans in an elaborate setting at Filmcity, featuring ‘daayan’ dolls hanging from tree tops and girls dressed as ‘daayans’ standing at the entrance handing out ‘misfortune cookies’ to the guests. The forthcoming supernatural thriller, inspired by a short story by Mukul Sharma (Konkona Sen Sharma’s father), offers an interesting mix of suspense, drama and spine chilling moments. The Kannan Iyer directedEk Thi Daayan stars Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin and Konkona in the female leads. Emraan plays the male lead in the film. Accordingly, the bus that carried the media from the entrance of the Film City, which itself in the middle of a jungle, to the studio floor was titled Bus To Hell. And guests were in for a shock, when they found themselves with daayans. The act was opened by Emraan who performed a series of illusion stunts and eerie acts, before being joined by his
leading ladies - Huma, Kalki and Konkona, any of whom could be the daayan in the film. The unusual event to launch the film worked well. In fact, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who made a surprise visit to the press meet, was completely floored and termed it the best he had seen in a while. Later Mr Iyer, creative producer Abhishek Chaubey, producers Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj, and the entire
star cast of the film interacted with the media. “We are showing two sides of a daayan in our film. One side is very beautiful and the other is extremely scary. I can’t give too much details about the film. To know more, you will have to see the film,” Emraan told reporters. The film releases worldwide April 18. According to Mr Iyer, thriller is a universally popular genre. “I feel a thriller on ‘daayan’ has not been made at all.” “We wanted natural actresses with flexibility. All three of the actress is so versatile that you will constantly wonder is she a daayan or not. All three of them suited their characters,” he said. So, who is playing the daayan? “Among these three girls only one of them is a daayan and I can’t say who the daayan is right now. For that you will have to see the film,” Mr Bhardwaj said. Working in the film has been was a novel experience for Konkona who says she has not really been part of any supernatural films. “...I have a fascination for these kinds of films anyway.” “I really wanted to be a part of dark film,” she added.
Barfi, Kahaani emerge winners at Filmfare awards It was Ranbir Kapoor’s Barfi! and Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani that led the awards night bagging maximum Filmfare awards. These two unusual films - Anurag Basu’s directorial venture Barfi!, Sujoy Ghosh directed Kahaani - and John Abraham’s maiden home production film Vicky Donor won not only the hearts of the audience but awards as well at the 58th Filmfare awards that were held at the Yash Raj Films studio in Andheri in suburban Mumbai. Ranbir Kapoor won yet another Best Actor award at Filmfare for Barfi!, the Best Film award was also given to Barfi!. Best Debut Award (Female) was bagged by Ileana D’cruz for the same movie. The Best Background Score and Best Music Director awards went to Pritam for Barfi!, and award for Best Production Design went to Rajat Podar for the same film. Vidya Balan continued her winning spree in the Best Actress category with Filmfare Best Actress award for Kahaani.
Best Director award was handed over to Sujoy Ghosh, while Best Sound Design award went to Sanjay Maurya and Allwin Rego for Kahaani. Two major awards for Kahaani came from Namrata Rao bagging the Best Editing title and Sethu winning Best Cinematography. In the Best Actor Supporting Role (Male) category, the award went to Annu Kapoor for his portrayal of Dr Chaddha in Vicky Donor. Writer of the film Juhi Chaturvedi earned the Best Story award. Ayushmann Khurrana, who made his acting debut in the movie, won two awards - Best Debut (Male) and Best Playback Singer (Male) for the song Paani Da. Anushka Sharma won Best Actor in Supporting Role (Female) award forJab Tak Hai Jaan, while Gulzar won the Best Lyrics award for Challafrom Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Filmfare award for the Best Debut Director was bagged by Gauri Shinde for English Vinglish. Best Dialogue Award
went to Anurag Kashyap, Akhilesh Jaiswal, Sachin K Ladia and Zeishan Qadri for Gangs of Wasseypur. Best Screenplay Award goes to Sanjay Chouhan and Tigmanshu Dhulia forPaan Singh Tomar. Award for the Best Playback Singer (Female) went to Shalmali Kholgade for the songPareshaan inIshaqzaade. Filmfare Award for Best Action went to Sham Kaushal for Gangs of Wasseypur and Best Choreography to Bosco-Caesar for the super fun song Aunty Ji from Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. Neeti Mohan won the RD Burman Award, while the Lifetime Achievement Award went to late filmmaker Yash Chopra. Madhuri Dixit Nene presented the award to the late filmmaker’s wife, Pamela Chopra. Madhuri worked with Yash Chopra in Dil Toh Pagal Hai, which was amongst the most successful films of her career. Yash Chopra passed away just weeks before the release of his last filmJab Tak Hai Jaan last year. The film starring
Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma turned out to be a big hit. Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor Male was given to Irrfan Khan for Paan Singh Tomar and Richa Chaddha won the same award in female category for Gangs of Wasseypur. Best Film in this category was won by Gangs of Wasseypur. Celebrities added glitz and glamour as they walked the red carpet. Dressed in her traditional golden-red sari, Rekha walked the red carpet with grace. Madhuri Dixit arrived with her husband Sriram Nene in a black color dress, while Parineeti Chopra too looked glamorous in a black outfit. Others who came include Vidya Balan, Gauri Shinde with husband R Balki, Karan Johar, Irrfan Khan, Soojit Sircar, Chitrangada Singh, R Madhavan, Manoj Bajpayee, Kunal Kohli, Sonali Bendre with Goldie Behl, Yami Gautam, Ayushmaan Khurrana and David Dhawan.
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