Amitabh Mattoo (for Info only, not official)

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    ...It was one of those rare occasions when the usually stern Mufti was overwhelmed and broke down at what he saw: A new landscape of possibility and hope. For Mir’s orchard was more than just acres of apple trees. It held the promise of real transformation. More than most places in the world, Jammu and Kashmir has been — as is evident — drawn into regional and global political agendas. Could it now be possible for an ordinary Kashmiri to access knowledge, technology and other opportunities in a globalised world? ...

    Indian Express on Jan. 7, 2017, 12:07 a.m.

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    ...Today, as most of these identities have morphed into shrill, polarised and communally charged monsters, the real danger to J&K is from within.Unless the nation acts today, the state is sure to implode tomorrow.For, much of what we are witnessing is a consequence of the warped and short-sighted policies of the Centre and the state.Kishtwar, contrary to the instant commentaries that have appeared in the press, was not always a communal cauldron.I went there first as a child, only a few months old, in 1962, and stayed on till 1964.My father was posted as a divisional forest officer and as a young married couple, some of my parents' best memories are from their time in Kishtwar: picnics in the great meadow, the chowgan, driving along the mighty Chenab and the warmth and simplicity of the Kishtwari people. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 14, 2013, 12:01 a.m.