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Re: Kashmir: a different perspective



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Abhijit is right.

Kashmir cannot in any manner be separated from India without  de-stabilizing
India's multi-cultural, multi-religious, composite civilization. It will
destroy its secular fabric and
create a hundred or more Kosovos and Bosnias in India. Let's not do anything
that will cause untold harm to India's 140 million+ Muslim population which
is probably larger than the total population of Pakistan.  Let's not look
for a remedy that is going to be worse than the disease!

Having a Muslim majority State within India is a living symbol of India's
commitment to secularism and it is in the vital interest of Indian Muslims
that it remains so. If Pakistan is interested in the welfare of Indian
Muslims, it should first call off its terroristic activites in Indian soil.

I think it's time the Muslims of India, especially all the Muslim leaders,
come out strongly against Pakistan's nefarious activities in Kashmir.

I found the following recent article interesting:

http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/jan/06war.htm

Ram Narayanan
Lobby for India on the internet at
http://www.indiatogether.org/us/lobby.htm

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From: Abhigit Sarkar <asarka3@uic.edu>
To: <debate@indiapolicy.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2000 9:44 PM
Subject: Re: Kashmir: a different perspective


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> Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 10:23:56 -0600 (CST)
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> Ideally, we should let the Kashmiri people decide their own
> fate. This is not only the moral thing to do but is also pragmatically
> sound. Unfortunately, India is in a state where allowing Kashmiris this
> freedom (which they will almost certainly use to part ways with us) would
> lead to our disintegration. This will, surely, be a greater disaster
> than our current pre-occupation with Kashmir and that too, by any measure
> conceivable.
> Abhijit
>
> Abhijit Sarkar
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> On Thu, 6 Jan 2000 Naveenkj@aol.com wrote:
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> > I completely agree with Mr. Vasu on this issue.
> >     I think its time to move on.  I think that democracy should decide
the
> > fate of Kashmir.  The general will of the people should be upheld.  If
the
> > majority in Kashmir wishes to be separte or with Pakistan, that decision
> > should be respected.
> >     I further agree with Mr. Vasu that economic support should not be
> granted
> > and all trade should be cut through methods of economic sanctions.  But
we
> > should offer a resolution to allow people to come to India as refugee
> during
> > the split and a 3 month period after, to protect the interest of the
> > minority.  After this period all immigration should be stopped.
> >     I think we have little to gain from the economics of the Kashmiri
> region.
> >  I also think that this will put an end to 40 years of conflict in that
> > region, and the lives lost to protect the border.  India can finally
turn
> its
> > attention to other issues of concern in domestic and other international
> > affairs.
> >
> >
> > Naveen
> >
> >
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