When we talk about Kashmir, let’s not forget that in this noise of disturbed 4-5 Districts of Kashmir Valley is buried the firm voice of silent but peaceful and nationalist Jammu and Ladakh that has never ever expressed any “reservation” about the state of Jammu and Kashmir joining the Union of India after the partition in 1947. I wonder why our so called experts on Kashmir forget to mention Jammu and Ladakh when they talk about Kashmir. Probably because talking about Jammu and Ladakh in the same breath when they talk about Kashmir proves counterproductive in building the “narrative” that these so called experts want to build about the so called Kashmir problem.
Let us go to the root of Kashmir problem . Jammu and Kashmir was one of the numerous princely states that existed in pre independence era. When the freedom struggle of India was getting momentum , this Muslim majority state was being ruled by a progressive Dogra Hindu King Maharaja Hari Singh in whose leadership , the state of Jammu and Kashmir had gone through number of progressive reforms including in Education sector and setting up of Jammu and Kashmir Bank in 1938 . Britishers as per their divide and rule policy could not desist from fomenting trouble in the state of Jammu and Kashmir because they had seen fertile ground for success of their nefarious designs in truly SECULAR sate of Jammu and Kashmir where a Hindu King was peacefully and successfully providing leadership where not a SINGLE instance of forced RELIGIOUS CONVERSION could be found where Muslim would have been forced to convert to Hinduism.
So as per plan, Britishers started instigating MUSLIM fundamentalists and supported them in their movement against the HINDU King and the unfortunate events of 1925 mark the occasion when the seeds of FUNDAMENTALISM were sown in the soil of otherwise peaceful and progressive state of Jammu and Kashmir . Here lies the origin of Kashmir problem which is totally RELIGIOUS and there is nothing POLITICAL in it and what is the basis ? Basis is that a Hindu king has no right to rule in the Muslim majority state . In other words , only Muslim should rule over Muslims which was against the basic credentials of the Secular State like Jammu and Kashmir where the Hindu Dogra rulers ruled smoothly for over a century .
At the time of partition in 1947 , Maharaja Hari Singh decided to join the SECULAR India as Jammu and Kashmir being a Secular state since over a century was more COMPATIBLE with India as compared to MUSLIM Pakistan that did not go well with the latter .Soon after its formation, Pakistan decided to attack Kashmir that made Maharaja Hari Singh sign the instrument of accession with India paving way for full and final merger of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into the Union of India . But this didn’t go well with the fundamentalist elements in the state of J&K that had been propped up by the Britishers for more than two decades now.
Handling of Jammu and Kashmir by the then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru was the FIRST instance of Muslim appeasement when by virtue of his personal friendship with Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, first he made the historic blunder of taking the Kashmir issue to the United Nations and thereafter fiddled with the Constitution of India by forcing ARTICLE 370 in the name of TEMPORARY provision of constitution thereby ensuring SPECIAL STATUS to the State of Jammu and Kashmir just because it was a Muslim majority state with its own constitution and prime minister . It seems quite astounding when the Constitution of India that promises no DISCRIMINATION on the basis of RELIGION by virtue of Article 370 openly DISCRIMINATED on the basis of RELIGION by providing special status to Jammu and Kashmir because of its MUSLIM MAJORITY . How bizarre it seems ? The sate of Jammu and Kashmir had separate constitution and separate Prime Minister within SECULAR Country India because MUSLIMS were in MAJORITY in this STATE. Introducing Aricle 370 in the constitution of India was ACCEPTANCE of Two Nation Theory of Mohammad Ali Jinnah that SECULAR India had rejected in 1947.
This TEMPORARY provision of Constitution called Article 370 was against the basic idea of India where no discrimination was expected on the basis of Religion . Again , the provision of ”Special” Status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir also meant that the Muslims living in the state of Jammu and Kashmir were “Special” too in comparison to the Muslims living in other states of India. In other words , Article 370 ensured a mindset amongst the Muslims of J&K that they were required to be given special priviliges to remain part of India something that was contrary to the instrument of accession that Maharaja Hari Singh had signed in 1947 with the Union of India that paved way for full and final merger with the Republic of India without any condition or pre condition.
Sometimes I wonder what was the compulsion in the mind of Jawahar Lal Nehru that inorder to fulfill the political ambitions of his friend Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, he decided to play with the basic framework of Indian Constitution by forcing the introduction of provision like Article 370 that was bluntly refused by Baba Saheb Ambedkar and Nehru got it introduced through Mr Gopalswami Ayyangar .
After failing in its attempt to take control over Kashmir in 1947 , Muslim Pakistan once again engaged in misadventure to snatch Kashmir from India in 1965 Indo-Pak War but failed miserably again and lost the war badly . After 1971 War in which Pakistan got divided into two parts, Pakistan realised that it cannot snatch Kashmir from India through conventional War and it decided to take revenge from India for creation of Bangladesh through its strategy of BLEEDING INDIA THROUGH THOUSAND CUTS. Thus started the era of Insurgency during the tenure of General Zia Ul Haq where first of all they targeted Sikh fundamentalists of Indian state of Punjab where they aided and abetted cross border terrorism. Kashmir was pushed to back seat by Pakistan during this period.
Meanwhile in the state of Jammu and Kashmir , in order to fulfill his political ambitions Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah did accord with Mrs Indira Gandhi , the then PM of India and assumed the office of Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and he was succeeded by his son Dr Farooq Abdullah after his demise . Dr Farooq Abdullah also did accord with then PM Mr Rajiv Gandhi for remaining in power . It is quite surprising that Kashmir remained totally peaceful till 1989 without any incidence of violence and there was no sign of so called POLITICAL PROBLEM of Kashmir . Why ? Because Pakistan was pre occupied with its job of fomenting Terrorism in the Indian state of Punjab and its only after getting defeated in Punjab insurgency that Pakistan shifted its focus to Kashmir again in 1989 where it formerly started Armed insurgency sponsored by it.
In this armed insurgency, Kashmiri Hindus of Kashmir valley popularly known as Kashmiri Pandits were selectively killed and targeted . If Kashmir was really a political problem, then why were ONLY and ONLY Hindus were targeted and killed? Mosques were used to make announcements and terrorize Kashmiri Pandits . What role mosques had if it was really a Political problem? Why were announcements of enforcing Islamic laws through loud speakers of mosques made if Kashmir was really a political problem? As a consequence of all this fear psychosis of creating Islamic state in Kashmir Valley , there was mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in lakhs from Kashmir Valley . Why did ONLY HINDUS leave their homes if Kashmir was a political problem?
This insurgency aided and abetted by Pakistan in the name of Islam has been continuing for the last three decades now . Pakistan again indulged in misadventure against India in 1999 during Kargil War but had to eat humble pie once again as India once more defeated it comprehensively . After Kandhar hijacking incidence , Pakistan succeeded in ensuring release of dreaded Pakistani terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar who is founder of dreaded terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad and it emboldened Pakistan further in its nefarious designs .
Initially only India was at the receiving end of Islamic terrorism but post 9/11 Attacks in WTC in US , Islamic Terrorism was recognized for the FIRST time by the entire WORLD and need was felt to fight this menace of Islamic Terrorism globally.
Undeterred by all these happenings, Pakistan kept on aiding and abetting Islamic terrorism not only in Jammu and Kashmir but also in other parts of India . Terrorist Attack on Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and Attack on Indian Parliament in 2001 were the prominent terrorist attacks carried out by the Pakistan backed terrorists.
Despite of its promise of not letting use its soil for Terror activities during Agra Summit , Pakistan kept on supporting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in other parts of India. 26/11 Mumbai attack was one more gruesome attack carried out on India by Pakistani terrorists that left 166 persons dead and hundreds of others injured . Pakistani terrorist named Ajmal Kasab was captured alive and later on executed after trial in India but Pakistan kept on abetting insurgency in not only in J&K but also in whole of India shamelessly despite being exposed globally.
Gradually , thanks to relentless efforts of India , Pakistan is now known as epicenter of Terrorism all over the World but still this terror nation is continuing with its terrorist attacks including Pathankot Airbase attack, Dinanagar attack , Nagrota attack , Uri attack and now Pulwama attack.
Here I can’t see anything POLITICAL in this so called KASHMIR issue . Its a problem that is consequence of ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM aided and abetted by Terror State called PAKISTAN . To solve Kashmir problem , we have to tackle:
1. Islamic Fundamentalism
2. Terrorism originating from Pakistan
3. The ambiguous provision of Indian constitution called Article 370 that was supposed to be a TEMPORARY PROVISION and should be removed immediately
To treat any disease successfully , the first step is to make CORRECT diagnosis . Those who term Kashmir a POLITICAL problem are making totally WRONG diagnosis . So, inorder to solve this Kashmir problem , we need to realize that the common notion of Kashmir problem being a political issue is a TOTAL MYTH with NO REALITY .