The problem and the solution
We the people of Kashmir want India and Pakistan as friends, not enemies
PROF. A RASHID
The division of India in 1947 in the name of religion was the greatest tragedy in the history of the sub-continent and the Kashmir problem is its outcome. After the first Kashmir war in 1947-48, the State stands divided in two parts by a ceasefire line which was renamed “Line of Control” after Indo-Pak war of 1971. It has disintegrated the State and its people beyond any explanation. The people of the State are facing unending miseries from the day ceasefire line was drawn on 1st January, 1949.
Before this tragedy, the people of the State were fighting for their rights which were usurped some 400 years back from the day when 3rd Mughal emperor of India Jalal-ud-Din Mohammad Akbar annexed Kashmir with his Mughal Kingdom in 1587 by treacherous means and methods.
After Indian independence in August 1947 and creation of Pakistan on 14th August, 1947, the political leaders of both the countries wanted to see Jammu & Kashmir State becoming the part of their country. India wanted to have Kashmir for it being a bastion of true secularism, and Pakistan wanted to have it for being a Muslim majority area, while as people of the State were fighting for restoration of their own rights within the precincts of Jammu & Kashmir State. They were in no case party to the partition of India which was the making and creation of the political leaders of Indian subcontinent who divided their home of their own.
Presently our State and its people have been engulfed and caught in a whirlpool caused by political and ideological differences of two countries. The people of this state are suffering for no fault of theirs. The best way for coming out from this vortex is that the people of the State shall have to tread on the path of peace and unity among themselves.
The best solution of this problem is that, the divided State be reunited as it stood on 15th August 1947 during last Maharajas’ time. It should be treated as a “Neutral Zone” as a free country with a democratic, progressive political system with religious freedom for all who inhabit this land, in a federal system of government with regional autonomy for all the four regions of Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh and Gilgat Baltistan; with a single parliament for representing the people of the entire State of Jammu Kashmir which is its official name for its entity and unity.
This Neutral Zone as a free country shall have to establish friendly relations with all its neighbouring countries touching the borders of the State. As they are equally the members of the United Nations Organization, they shall have to guarantee the neutrality of Jammu and Kashmir State through United Nations Organization where the case of Kashmir is yet pending for last 66 years for the settlement of the fate and future of the State and its people. The State need not to have any membership of UNO. Geographically, the State of Jammu & Kashmir has been a part and parcel of the Indian Sub-continent from thousands of years. The State and its people shall have to play a role by becoming a bridge between India and Pakistan and they shall have to keep brotherly relation with both of them.
We the people of Jammu & Kashmir State want to see India and Pakistan as friend, not enemies. Once that is guaranteed, the rest will follow.
(Prof. A Rashid is a researcher. He has been working on the Problem of Kashmir for the last 44 years)
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