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from Global News Journal:

U.N. plays down “guidance” on Kashmir

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moons spokesman says Ban never said a word about Kashmir.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon's spokesman says "guidance" on Kashmir was not an official statement from Ban

(Updated August 6, 2010 at 5:05 p.m. EDT with new remarks from U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky.)

The United Nations is playing down a statement on Kashmir a U.N. spokesman sent to a small group of reporters last week. After India made clear that it was very unhappy with the language on Kashmir issued by the U.N. press office, the world body explained that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had  never uttered the offending words -- at least not in an official statement.

This is the full text of what U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky has described as "media guidance" on Kashmir, as provided to Reuters by one of the reporters who received it by email on July 28:

Sikander: Good idea but not so good execution


Films on Kashmir and its insurgency are few and far between in Indian cinema.

The last such film I watched was Santosh Sivan’s “Tahaan”, a movie that tried to tell the story of this troubled paradise through the eyes of a child.

Director Piyush Jha tries to do the same thing with “Sikander” — the film’s protagonists are both teenagers, reacting to the violence and chaos around them.

Tahaan: Stark, beautiful but with character flaws


When the credits roll at the end of Santosh Sivan’s “Tahaan” , there is a disclaimer which reads ‘This is a fable with fictitious people and non fictitious incidents,” or something to that effect.

TahaanThat sentence pretty much sums up this two-hour film. “Tahaan” has a surreal, almost fable-like look and feel to it, which remains consistent almost throughout the film.