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Re: Kashmir: Bridging the Understanding Gap / Opposing arguments

The on going discussion regarding Kashmir bridging the understanding
gap becomes futile and meaningless when the right of the people of
whole of the devided Jammu Kashmir state is ignored in any future
disposition of the territory. Unless and untill the absolute right of
the inhabitants of the former kingdom to determine a political and
constitutional future of their choice is recognised , there can be no
progress towards a solution in the conflict. The repeated refrain of
many Indian intellectuals against the wholesomeness of Kashmiri's
demand for, and indeed the inherent and the inalienable right to
freedom is down right patronising to say the least.  Infact the time
and effort that likes of Mr Udday Reddy and others spend in forcing
the unwilling Kashmiris to become part of India ought to be utilised
in persuading the Indian state of the futility in holding on to
Kashmir against the wishes of it's people.  It would not do simply to
say that India is a democracy and therefore it cannot let go of
Kashmir. The very fact that India is a democracy of sorts that she
must not keep the two-thirds of the state and it's people within the
Indian fold agains their WIL

The problem and indeed the tragedy for Kashmir and it's people is the
Indo- Pakistan dimension within the equation that is the so-called
Kashmir dispute.  It is not the Muslim non-Muslim devide in the
state. Though it is in the interest of both India and Pakistan however
to amplify the communal dimension in the territory. Removal of the
Pandit community in early 1990 from the valley by Jagmohan is one
clear example of such a strategy.  Furthermore not allowing Kashmiris
from all religious and political persuasions and from all parts of the
devided state to meet and chalk out a common approach for asolution
acceptable to all Kashmiris is another example of the policy which
keeps the Kashmiris ,from differing religious and political
backgrounds apart.

Many attempts have been made in the past few years to bring about a
consensus of Kashmiri opinion for a common Kashmiri approach towards
an equitable and lasting solution of the conflict. The first such
attempt was made by Mr Amanullah Khan, the chairman of the JKLF in the
spring of 1992 , when he invited over fifty political leaders and
notables from all sectins of kashmiri population to meet in
Rawalakot. Needless to say that The Indian government refused travel
facilitie to those who were to come from the Indian held part of
Kashmir. Mr Amanullah Khan tried once again in the autumn of the same
year without much success.  Others also tried including Lord Avebur y
the British member of the House of Lords .  Although there would be no
shortage of Quisling for India to do it's bidding in Kashmir and also

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Article-ID: 05_1997&2824263
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Subject: Re: Culture, snobbery, etc. (was Re: 150 reas