Is there any solution for Kashmir? I end up writing on this very often. And each time I write, I feel that I understand the topic better today than ever before – just to be proved wrong. This time is it author Arundhati Roy who has inspired me to pen down a few thoughts. At a massive rally, Ms Roy said “Kashmir is not an integral part of India” and she concluded her speech with “India needs azadi (freedom) from Kashmir as much as Kashmir needs azadi from India.”
We respect your thought and ideologies Ms Roy, but isn’t that the entire point of debate? I, without fail, mention the following paragraph whenever I write about the disputed valley:–
If one has a look at the history, one can point out reasons ranging from Jawaharlal Nehru’s short-sightedness to Maharaja of Kashmir, Hari Singh’s indecisiveness, Lord Mountbatten’s behind the scene act, Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s diplomacy, seditious ways of R.C. Kak and political “unwill” of the subsequent leaders for vote bank politics. The best and my favorite being article 370! To be written in golden words in our history.
For the uninitiated, “Article 370 of the Constitution gave constitutional validity to Abdullah’s separatist ideas and international intrigues and gave a special position to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It also affixed stamp on the historical fact that the Muslim majority region cannot remain with India”
You can bang your head against the wall looking for solutions; you can break your head but not the ice between the two countries – India and Pakistan. To begin with, India claims that the whole of Kashmir, but is ready to accept the current Line of Control as the international border, with some negotiations. Pakistan on the other hand is cent per cent sure that the entire Muslim population will join hands with it, hence the division be in its favour, leaving Jammu to India. What about the people of Jammu and Kashmir? What do they want? Let us talk about the real people of Kashmir.
Come to think of it, would you care if you got a very highly paying job in Delhi or Mumbai or Chennai for that matter? Young Kashmiris will also stop bothering; show them the jobs and the prosperity. At the cost of being rude, this entire generation that feeds on violence and the Kashmir issue needs to pass away. Only then will the solution be youth oriented.