Demystifying Kashmir by Navnita Chadha Behera

By Navnita Chadha Behera

The Kashmir factor is usually forged as a "territorial dispute" among belligerent pals in South Asia. yet, there's even more to the tale than that. "Demystifying Kashmir" argues that spotting the wealthy, advanced, and multi-faceted personality of Kashmir is necessary not just for knowing the structural reasons of this clash, but additionally for delivering possibilities to set up a simply, achievable, and lasting answer.

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First, it was not a Hindu-Muslim conflict in Kashmir. Second, the trouble in Kashmir did not proceed from accession. In fact, the invasion preceded accession. ”21 Britain’s NoelBaker relentlessly pursued a diplomatic course of action that sought to undo whatever political and military gains India had achieved in Kashmir. ”23 From India’s standpoint, since the infringement of its sovereignty was at issue, the first question for the Security Council to decide was whether India had sovereign rights in Kashmir.

We do not demand Responsible Government for 80 lakh Muslims but all the 100% state subjects. . 39 (Emphasis added) The National Demand, adopted in 1938, envisaged the institution of a responsible government, universal adult franchise, and minority safeguards. At 0860-2 ch01 11/10/06 2:17 PM 18 Page 18 / Redefining the Parameters a special session in June 1939, the Muslim Conference was converted into the All–Jammu and Kashmir National Conference. In 1944, in the Naya Kashmir manifesto, the National Conference went beyond demands for improvements in Muslim welfare to seek a restructuring of the political and economic systems of Jammu and Kashmir state.

46 Later, the Muslim Conference launched its own civil disobedience movement in Jammu and Kashmir, known as Direct Action, in response to an appeal from the Muslim League. With most of the Muslim Conference leaders behind bars, Chowdhary Hamidullah was appointed acting chairman, but activities soon came to a halt because of differences between him and Mirwaiz Yusuf Shah, which came to a head when each expelled the other from the party. From the sidelines, the imprisoned Abbas began sending frantic messages, asking supporters to resume the civil disobedience movement, but instead Hamidullah persuaded Mohammed Ali Jinnah to abandon the agitation.

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