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Kashmir minus India & Pakistan

August 7, 2009
A Kashmiri muslim girl during a demonstration displays a photograph of her elder brother who was subjected to enforced disapperance by Indian troops in Srinagar, Indian occupied Kashmir. ©Faheem Qadri

A Kashmiri muslim girl during a demonstration displays a photograph of her elder brother who was subjected to enforced disapperance by Indian troops in Srinagar, Indian occupied Kashmir. ©Faheem Qadri

Have you ever imagined what it would be like in the present 21st century, if your country was ruled by foreigners? For instance, envision United Kingdom being ruled by the French or China being ruled by the Germans. Now imagine being citizens of one of these nations, add in a few violent conflicts, a damaged economy, a missing government and a nuclear war threat and this is what is today, Kashmir.

Sadly, when one of the leading historians at the University of Kashmir was asked, ‘when was Kashmir last ruled by Kashmiris?’ his answer was a daunting, 1586 (Whitehead 2004, 335).“Since then the Kashmir valley has been under the control, successively, of Mughals, Afghans, Sikhs, Dogras,” (Whitehead 2004, 335).

The story of Kashmir is one that is sandwiched between two nations, Pakistan and India. Pakistan that warrants rights over Kashmir based on religion; the majority of Muslim population and India that demands sovereignty rights over it based on the accession granted by Kashmir’s Maharaja a long time back.

Peace and democracy in Kashmir can no longer be based upon hopes of successful bilateral negotiations between India and Pakistan. Clearly, these two nations are prolonging the Kashmir dispute through hopeless political debates, with little concern for the people whose region they are trying to occupy. There is a need now, more than ever before for the international community to intervene and control the rising terrorism and human rights violations in Kashmir.

Let us urge the leaders of India and Pakistan to grant the people of Kashmir their ownership rights and their freedom to live in peace.

7 Comments
  1. neel123 permalink
    August 7, 2009 5:56 pm

    Kashmir is an integral part of India. Those Kashmiris that do not consider themselves as Indian nationals, are Pakistani agents.

    They may either learn to live in peace under Indian constitution, or leave Indian soil for Pakistan.

    • faheem qadri permalink
      August 13, 2009 7:44 am

      @neel123
      Dear we Kashmiris have our own constitution.India’s occupation is illegal and unacceptable to all Kashmiris..

      • a hindu permalink
        September 6, 2009 2:13 am

        Mr Faheem and Mrs Maria
        Kashmir as the word spells is the land of kashyap rishi. The guile and torture which the hindus in kashyap rishi’s abode is equivalent to holocaust.The so called muslims(converted by force and deceit- known to them as well as all over the world) who are today’s oppressor’s and subjugated hindus in there own lands.

        I know people like you will not digest this truth. But, do remember every hinu soul is united now to fight the evil which emanated from arab lands in 600 odd AD.

        Jai hind ..better convert back to hinudism soon..

  2. Maria permalink
    August 14, 2009 4:38 am

    @neel123

    Kashmir and India are as separate of entities as their names. Kashmiris owe no land to any country, be it Pakistan or India.

    Politicians in India and Pakistan need to stop treating them as dummies and learn to deal with the India/Pakistan conflict outside Kashmir.

    • faheem qadri permalink
      August 24, 2009 11:49 am

      Maria where did u find this picture

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