Kashmir ; A lost paradise Essay

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Kashmir — a beautiful mountain state with clear rivers, evergreen forests and one of the highest death rates in the world. It is at the center of an age-old dispute between Pakistan and India that has dragged on from the independence of both nations over fifty years ago to the present time, with no resolution in sight. The combined population of the two nation totals over a billion, so no conflict between them is of passing importance, especially when nuclear weapons are involved. Pakistan and India share a common heritage, language, and traditions, yet the subject of Kashmir can push them to the brink of annihilation. Fifty years of animosity have built up as a result. A proxy war still brews in Kashmir, claiming dozens of lives every…show more content…
They removed the ruler of Junagarh and placed a “Provisional Government” in place, then used the excuse of “restoring law and order” to invade and hold a farcical plebiscite, which choose India. “India sought to justify its aggression…on the plea that the rulers of Junagarh and Hyderabad were acting against the wishes of their people” states the report on Kashmir released by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry. Keep this excuse in mind as you read on; the rulers of the states were acting against the will of the people, so India felt it had the moral right to interfere. In Kashmir, the roles were reversed. The ruler was Hindu with a Muslim majority. Anticipating that the ruler would chose India, the people rose against him, and with the support of Pakistani tribesmen, ousted the ruler and set up their own government. Now the irony of the situation is that while the Indians did the exact same thing in Junagarh, they could not accept the state of affairs in Kashmir. The provisional government of Kashmir chose Pakistan, and a few days later the ousted ruler of Kashmir signed over the state to India, despite no longer being technically in power. The Indian army then invaded, with the Pakistani army following suit, and war broke out between the fledgling nations. The United Nations intervened in 1948 and set up a shaky ceasefire temporarily splitting Kashmir into Indian-held and Pakistani held areas. As the countries were divided in August

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