The history of
Kashmir is fraught with lies, deception, aggression, conflicts, riots, unfulfilled promises and misrule. One can squabble over them for years and still not come up with a solution to end the killings of innocent lives- those of civilians and those of security personnel. No pragmatic solution can ever envision a Kashmir Pandit migrating back to . Such a dream will always remain a dream. Can there be a practical plan that allows Hindus in Kashmir Valley to repossess the lands they have left in India during time of Pakistan ? Instead one should start looking for practical solutions for Kashmir Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits. Independence
The uprising is seen only in the
under Indian Administration while POK (Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir- also called as Azad Kashmir) is relatively calm, and I can dare say it is peaceful. The other regions of this state- Kashmir Valley and Ladakh have been relatively peaceful as well. The present demographics of Jammu Kashmir (not and Ladakh) predominantly consist of one faith and their unanimous aspirations for independence are entwined with roots in this particular faith. India cannot hold a piece of land in its territory when its people have no will or desire to be with India, work with India, or work for India. Jammu has been a strong proponent and supporter of many India movements of many nations in the post-colonial era. Independence even went to war against India to create a new nation called Pakistan to secure liberty and freedom to a section of people fighting against oppression based on linguistic and regional differences. With such record of upholding the aspirations of people to be free, India cannot look away from the real problem of Kashmir- that it is a freedom struggle of certain section of people who form the majority in that region. Bangladesh
Approximately half a million Indian troops actively take part in suppression of terrorism in
– where around 4 million people live (in Kashmir Valley ). That’s a ratio of 1 soldier for every 8 civilians. That’s like living in Mumbai with 3 million troops holding sophisticated military weapons. British ruled Indian Administered Kashmir Valley with far less number of troops. If one were to describe this scenario, and if I were not Indian, I would be appalled at the kind of military strength we are using to rule that piece of land (we are definitely not ruling the people). Agreed, the movement is now carried out mostly by foreign mercenaries, ailing from India , Pakistan , Afghanistan , Saudi Arabia , Egypt , and so many Syria Middle East countries. But they also include indigenous Kashmiri Muslims. Though it started off as a Kashmiri movement, it has certainly been hijacked by foreign mercenaries who fight the cause under the pretext of Jihad- a holy war, against Indian Administration. Though Kashmiri people resent Pakistani involvement they hate Indian Rule so much so that they are ready to tolerate the foreign involvement, and actually support them overtly and covertly.
I believe that India can address the aspirations of Kashmiri Muslims who have been fighting a war against Indian Administration for nearly two decades now by creating a separate state of Kashmir.
Kashmir Valley Region on either side of LOC:
My proposition is based on the belief that as Indians we don’t want to coerce and force certain section of people by suppressing their aspirations to live as an independent nation. The concept of a nation is an idea. When a certain majority of people of a region believes in an idea of statehood a nation is formed. It may be forged with a constitution, cemented with a government, protected with an army, and run with legislature, judiciary and executive. But at the heart of this nation are the people, their aspirations and their notions of freedom. We may tend to believe that a nation is more than an idea and start killing people trying to promote our belief system over others. Its time we reflect- Are we the oppressors? Are we the same Indians who promoted freedom for so many nations in
Asia and Africa ending the colonial rule from this world? Can we be mature enough to realize that boundaries of nations change with time and that we should be willing to accept the harsh realities instead of fighting it with weapons and soldiers? We are a nation because we all believe in it. Every other state in is part of India because they want to be with India . They are not coerced and forced with huge armies. India is India because we all want to be part of India . If everyone in this country does not want to be in India , I don’t think the idea of India will be valid anymore. We have to realize that people of India do not share our notions of statehood. We should not be forcing our notions onto them with continued occupation. Kashmir Valley
I believe that
should announce the steps leading to i India and full autonomous status to ndependence Kashmir. By doing this, we save ourselves lot of trouble (of administering that region with huge armies) and satisfy the aspirations of Kashmiri people. May be we can then tell ourselves that we acted as a mature adult who did not kill the child just because the kid who is now grown up wanted to leave home. Instead, we can tell ourselves that we suppressed our false ego and prestige to deal with situation quite maturely. I laid out some of the possible steps. I am not an administrator, but I tried to give out some of the plausible steps.
KashmirCANNOT join or India for a period of 15 years. Pakistan Kashmirhas to form its own constituent assembly through fair elections within the first 12 months after . Independence will protect the borders of India Kashmirfor the first 3 years. Kashmirhas to raise its own army and border force within the first 3 years. Kashmirand have to pay compensation to the migrated Kashmir Pandits through a period of next 25 years. India
Good to have but not necessary conditions:
Kashmirwill allow Indian visitors without Visa just like (or Nepal ). Bhutan
- Kashmiri nationals to visit, study and work in
just like Nepalese. India
- POK/Azad Kashmir is also let go by
to join this new nation. Pakistan