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By Aditya Rangroo.

A society is a conglomerate of identities. There is hardly a homogeneous society in our world. Human beings are mobile and interacting. Wars and conquests, natural calamities, trade and commerce and love for adventure have been the catalyst for heterogeneity of societies.

This diversity throws up the important question of integrating these diversifying identities into a unity of sorts. This phenomenon is generally expressed by the attractive term of “unity in diversity”. To some political thinkers this dream can be realized by aiming at and working towards higher and spiritual goals of humanism. However, skeptics express doubts about the fecundity of the concept, and argue that integration will always wear the mask of superficiality.

Perhaps it will be safer to tread a middle path. While identities are stay put in their parameters, their cooperation and cohesion in carrying the society forward as a single mass of humanity should not be really forbidding.

We are talking of integration and not of assimilation. Integration of these identities is a matter of reasoned cooperation among the players. In a prospect of integration, the units do not lose their identity and individuality. In assimilation they do. In today’s social structure, emphasis is on integration meaning thereby that while the State remains the one-unit piece, its federating options are not denied.

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Shadow of an Angel

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By Aditya Rangroo

Scourage time has made mark,
Everyone has left me in dark,
An unknown shadow, I have seen,
My heart professes it, in all mean.

Tears shed in large,
Gruesome nights took charge,
An unknown shadow hasn’t gone,
Hallmark time surprisingly got on.

Alleviations have vanished impetuously,
Writhes took place swiftly,
An unknown shadow gave me an eternal warm,
I relieved and gained back my old charm.

Sorrows took charge of my life,
Hostility marched to cide me with knife,
Clandestinely, inner voice whispered me,
I realized, an unknown shadow’s an angel to me,
Which is always there to save me?

More dialogues, no solutions

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Published in the Daily Times, Lahore, Pakistan, 20 September 2005

Sir: President Pervez Musharraf held talks with Dr Manmohan Singh and George Bush for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also met President Musharraf in New York in this regard. This is going to be another round of dialogue. Earlier, the Hurriyat had held talks with the Kashmiri Pandits’ Association and discussed the issue with Dr Singh.

A few months ago, President Musharraf said that given the political will the Kashmir issue could be resolved in two weeks. Those two weeks have yet to begin. On the other hand, the Hurriyat leaders have projected themselves as ‘mediators between the two nations’ but their interest is restricted apparently to the heartless dialogue over a cup of tea. It is strange that not a single member from the minority community has been involved in any of these dialogues. Kashmir is the homeland of the Pandits. However, they have been left out from the process. It seems there are more dialogues on the table than solutions in anyone’s mind.

ADITYA RANGROO
India

Back to school

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Published in The Asian Age, 12 Aug, 2005

Sir,
Trinamul Congress leader Mamata Banerjee’s deplorable behaviour in Parliament — throwing paper at the deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha — was shocking (Mamata behaves like herself, August 5). Being a seasoned politician she should be aware that her behaviour can have an adverse impact on the minds of the people. In fact she should be sent back to school, and made to go through the whole process right from nursery, so that she grows up well-mannered and civilised. Just because she is a politician does not mean that she can do whatever she wants to. I feel she should be expelled from Parliament.

Aditya Rangroo,
Kandivli, Mumbai

Kashmiris

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Published in the Daily Times Lahore, Pakistan, 23rd June, 2005

Sir: When violence erupted in the Kashmir valley, the Pandits were forced to leave their homes. Militant leaders claim that they are fighting for “freedom” and not hostile to any ethnic or religious community. But we have now been in exile for 15 years. When will our exile end?

ADITYA RANGROO
India

Spent force

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Published in The Asian Age, 5 November, 2005

Sir,
Arunava Bose Chowdhury has come out strongly in defence of former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly in his letter Iron will (November 2). It is true that Ganguly has had an impressive record. But we should not forget that he continuously failed to contribute for over one year. For the last one year Ganguly’s presence or absence did not make any difference to the team. Recently, after winning the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka, captain Rahul Dravid said that the current squad was the best and we did not need to make any changes. This clearly shows the reputation that Ganguly has among his team members. While it is true that J.P. Yadav has not contributed much, as claimed by the letter writer, it is also true that he never got the opportunity to bat fully in this series, whereas Ganguly got more than 50 opportunities in the last one year. So the question of replacing Yadav with Ganguly does not arise.

Aditya Rangroo,
Kandivli (East), Mumbai

Involve Pandits

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Published in The Asian Age, 15 Sep, 2005

Sir,

According to the news item Kashmir reaches New York (September 13), Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is expected to talk to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George W. Bush on the Kashmir issue. Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is also supposed to meet President Musharraf in New York. Earlier also the Hurriyat had a dialogue with the Kashmiri Pandits’ association and with the Central government. But not much has come out of these parleys.
A few months ago, Gen. Musharraf had said that the Kashmir issue would be solved in two weeks. Those two weeks have not yet ended. The Hurriyat in the meanwhile has been projecting itself as the mediator between the two nations, but strangely enough whenever the Hurriyat leaders have to talk to the Indian government or the Kashmiri Pandits, they first consult Gen. Musharraf. Another strange thing is that not a single member from Kashmir’s minority community has been involved in these talks. Kashmir is the homeland of the Pandits, why are they being left out from the peace process?

Aditya Rangroo,

Kandivli (East), Mumbai

Free Sarabajit Singh

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Published in the Daily Times Lahore, Pakistan, 27 August 2005

Sir: The execution sentenced given to Sarbajit Singh is unfair and unjust. He crossed the border in 1990 by mistake and was labelled a RAW agent. If it is so, then Pakistan should present evidence to prove his links with RAW. Pakistan hasn’t been able to show documents which would prove Singh’s crime, whereas he has enough evidence to prove his innocence, which hasn’t been taken into consideration. I appeal to the Pakistan government to release Sarabajit Singh. Even if he is an agent of RAW, he has paid for his crime by spending 15 years in prison.
ADITYA RANGROO
India

Sinister actions

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Published in Daily Times, Lahore, Pakistan, 2nd July, 2005

Sir: Recently, President General Pervez Musharraf stated that the Kashmir issue could be resolved within two weeks. But, a bomb set of by Hizbul Mujahideen, which killed six Indian jawans near the famous Nishat garden of Srinagar, ended the hopes of Kashmiri Pundits in this regard.

By this sinister act, the Hizbul Mujahideen has only proved that the Kashmir issue can really be resolved in two weeks, but only by killing innocent people, spreading terrorism and forcing people to leave their homes. If these people really believe they are fighting for “freedom” then I feel very sorry for them.

ADITYA RANGROO
India

Why I am Alone,

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by Aditya Rangroo

When lights haven’t gone,
Happy days didn’t get torn,
Congenial faces are born.

Why I am Alone,
When the flowers are flourishing,
Each day is shining,
Stern era is arriving.

Why I am Alone,
When dreams haven’t shattered,
Feelings haven’t bittered,
Foes haven’t entered.

Why I am Alone,
When the alleviations are marching,
Doors are opening,
Fragrance is mesmerizing.

Why I am Alone,
When harmony haven’t lost its charm,
God has provided me a warm,
Everywhere is a helping arm.

Why I am Alone,
Why I am Alone,
Why I am Alone.