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Too young to be addicts in LehP50-56

CURRENT AFFAIRS Needed Ethnic VCs for J&Ks Universities ? (Please dont ask teacher his caste)P44


Integrating Rajouri, Poonch with MainstreamP14

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the MICROCOSM of PIR PANCHALMughal Road :The Charm of Rajouri, Poonch Social Structure and Perceptions of Regional Disparities Pir Panchal Regional Festival Facing the Challenges Ahead Who Patronises Caste Politics in Rajouri, Poonch Biodiversity, High Altitude Wetlands

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CONTENTContributors to this Issue Letters Prologue Column Dateline : India-Pakistan The nitty-gritty details of my dreamManisha Shobarjani

Editor Zafar Iqbal Choudhary Publisher Yogesh Pandoh Consulting Editors D. Suba Chandran Manu Srivatsa Associate Editors Irm Amin Baig Tsewang Rigzin Zorawar Singh Jamwal General Manager Kartavya Pandoh Art Editor Keshav Sharma Research Officer Raman Sharma Phones & email Office : +91 191 2493136 Editorial: +91 94191 80762 Administration: +91 94191 82518 subscriptions : +91 90188 87136 editor@epilogue.in subscription@epilogue.in Printed and Published by Yogesh Pandoh for Epilogue NewsCraft from Ibadat House, Madrasa Lane, Near Graveyard, Bathindi Top, Jammu, J&K - 180012 and Printed at : DEE DEE Reprographix, 3 Aikta Ashram, New Rehari Jammu (J&K) Disputes, if any, subject to jurisdiction of courts and competitive tribunals in Jammu only. RNI : JKENG/2007/26070 ISN : 00974-5653 Price : Rs 30www.epilogue.in Vol. 4, Issue 5

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Strengthen RTI to Right the WrongsM Shamsur Rabb Khan


Current Affairs Needed Ethnic VCs for J&Ks Universities Volume 4, Issue 5, May 2010Epilogue Correspondent


Please dont ask teacher his casteAnmol Sharma


I N FOCUSThe Microcosm of Pir Panchal14 What Patronises Caste Politics in Rajouri, PoonchZafar Choudhary

Exclusive Stories Henry Scott The Forgotten Soldier of KashmirRakesh Ankit



Rajouri & Poonch : Facing the Challenges AheadK D Maini

Ladakh Affairs Vicious Cycle to Virtuous Cycle : 50 Ladakhs Tryst with Education ReformThinlas Dorjay

Too young to be addictsTsewang Rigzin



Social Structure and Perceptions of Regional DisparitiesMazammal Hussain Malik

Can Ladakhi students study in Ladakh? 52Lobzang Stanzan


Pir Panchal Regional Festival Integrating Rajouri & Poonch with the mainstreamD Suba Chandran

Dont Neglect It; Ladakh too is in IndiaStanzin Khewang



Mughal Road : The Charm of Rajouri, PoonchPia Malhotra

Bankers told to reach the masses Jora remote Durbuk block of Changthang Leh-Sringar highway reopens

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Biodiversity, High Altitude WetlandsPankaj Chandan

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Ankit, Rakesh; (Forgotten History p44) is a young historian from Bihar. As a Rhodes Scholar recently he studied various missing links in the making of Kashmir conflict. Based on his first hand study, he is contributing exclusive series to Epilogue Chandan, Pankaj; (In Focus, P39) is a wildlife and environment researcher currently looking after WWF-India's wetland projects Chandran, D Suba; (In Focus, p29) is Deputy Director at Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. Author of many books and an acclaimed expert on Kashmir and Indo-Pak relations, he is Consulting Editor of Epilogue Magazine Choudhary, Zafar; (In Focus, p14) is Editor of Epilogue Magazine and also Executive Editor of Early Times, Daily Newspaper from Jammu Khan, M Samur Rabb; (Opinion p41) is Editor with Indian Institute of Dalit Affairs

Maini, KD; (In Focus, P17) is a peace activist and acclaimed writer on the history and culture of Poonch. Author of many books, he has published his work in many leading newspapers. Based in Poonch, he also edits a journal called 'Peace'. Malhotra, Pia; (In Focus, P36) is with Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. Malik, Mazammal Hussain; (In Focus, P21) teaches Sociology at a Government College in Jammu and Kashmir Sharma, Anmol; (Current Affairs, P12) a regular writer at Epilogue, he is a practicing lawyer at Jammu and Kashmir High Court Sobhrajani, Manisha (Features, P6), is a Delhi based independent researcher working on the various aspects of Kashmir conflict. She divides her time between Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir

Readers' requests for getting in touch with the authors, for feedback, comments and further discussions on their subjects of interest, are welcome. Since all authors/contributors are not interested in taking mails directly, the readers are requested to send us interview requests at editor@epilogue.in for passing on to the authors


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Readers WriteAnkit Doing Great Job


he years of 1947-48 is the most misunderstood period in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. Who did what and who had actually wanted has all been hearsay over the years. In absence of any authentic documents, our political class has been choosing the convenience of attributing statements and actions to different actors of that time. For example, the National Conference leaders while in Kashmir or specifically in opposition charge the Maharaja Hari Singh of acceding to India without taking into account popular wishes of the majority. When they are in power or addressing a constituency in Jammu or making a larger statement to India they credit Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah for making Jammu and Kashmir a part of India. In the latter case, the National Conference enlarges the debate to drive home a point that Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah emerged as the most important Muslim leader of the subcontinent to defeated Mohammad Ali Jinnah's two nation theory. Rakesh Ankit in Pandit Ramchandra Kak: The Forgotten Premier of Kashmir (Epilogue, April 2010) seem to have brought to public knowledge few facts for the first time. Though the present essay does not deal fully with all aspects of accession but your exclusive series with Rakesh Ankit on 'New Research on Kashmir' is certainly a new well researched and much needed addition to the public knowledge on history of Kashmir. We hope that this series continues for long and unfolds many unknown aspects of those crucial and decisive years. After all what is happening today in the region and in the larger question of India and Pakistan relations has its roots in the developments you are discussing in this series. AFTAB MIR Srinagar

Budget Simplified!efore 2007 I had no idea of how state budget is formulated, what are key parameters, how money is earned and distributed and why a common man should at all be concerned about this technical thing. It was in 2007 when I first read Prof Nisar Ali's analysis of the budget in Epilogue and thought that it was perhaps written for a person like me who is keen but has no knowledge of state finances. Year after year your coverage of budget has gone finer. As I read the 'Road to Recovery' Epilogue (April 2010) I have all the details of state budget on my finger tips. There are no technical terms. Every aspect of the budget has been written in such a simplified manner as it makes a good reading for a beginner. I hope this trend is continued not only with budgets but also with all the subjects you deal with.

Don't Ignores Vital IssuesIn recent two months, the politics remained unusually eventful in Jammu and Kashmir. Once again the Kashmir based arch rivals the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party were seen in consensus on issues which boil up sentiments in Jammu region. Not only was the consensus between these 'north pole-south pole', their stand was also supported by the separatist Hurryiat Conference. I am talking about the inter-district recruit