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Kashmir, The Crown of India

If we look into the history of political movement in Kashmir, we find no connection between its leaders or people and the Muslim League. In fact there was always an air of secular nationalism and the divisive ideology of Muslim League could never find any ground there. The elite of the state were always more inclined towards the Congress leadership and the National Conference too had rejected the religion based theory of two nation.

Anothermisleading argument which does the rounds is that by accepting partition, India too had accepted the ‘two nation theory’ based upon religion. This was actually the demand of Muslim League in the leadership of Jinnah. We can say that this demand was also accepted by the British to a certain extent as the partition was applied upon the concerned provinces. The Indian leadership had to accept it only because there seemed to be no way out towards Independence, which the people had fought for and waited so long. It was accepted by India only to expedite the political process and legal formalities for taking over the charge from the British Government. So, acceptance of partition сиалис софт on religious basis, making a case for two nations, and Kashmir being majorly Muslim making a case for Pakistan does not stand ground at all.

Even the facts also don’t support this and speak otherwise. For the framework of partition to happen, it was decided to reconstitute the 11 provinces of British India so as to practically enable the grouping of the contiguous areas in the West, North-West and Eastern parts of the then India with clear Muslim majority. Subsequently, the actual division of these areas was not done ‘province-wise’ as per the original demand of the Muslim League, but ‘district-wise’ so as to restrict the effect of the religion based formula.

Further, the way India has developed into a cohesive, multi-religious, multi-cultural, multi-lingual secular federal nation in itself is a big blow to the so called theory of dividing the nation mainly on the Hindu-Muslim basis. It’s an open fact that the Muslims here in India today are far-far better-off in every respect than those in Pakistan and what the condition of Hindus and other minorities in Pakistan are, is also known to all.

So, in conclusion, other than the playing of the same old, worn and torn off card of religion, Pakistan does not have (and never had) any rightful claim on Kashmir, whereas Kashmir the part of the state of Jammu & Kashmiris an integral part of India.

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Thomas Strinder

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