Independence means having fun with freedom and empowering others to take action. The true essence of independence is when you might have freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom to make your individual resolution.
At present, as we rejoice our Independence Day, the management and the nation of Pakistan reaffirm their resolve to increase assist to our Kashmiri brothers and
sisters endeavoring for his or her indigenous battle and proper to self-determination.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir, situated between northwest India and northeast Pakistan, is a Muslim majority space of the Indian subcontinent. Earlier than 1947, the area comprising Pakistan, India, and Kashmir was generally known as British India. There have been two kinds of areas as one was instantly beneath the management of British rule whereas the opposite was made up of a whole lot of princely states, together with Kashmir, managed by native rulers generally known as Maharajahs.
When the British left the area in 1947, it was as much as the person states to find out which of the 2 newly unbiased nations they wished to hitch. These nations with Muslim majorities opted to develop into a part of Pakistan, whereas these with Hindu majorities selected to develop into a part of the brand new India.
Kashmir, a Muslim-majority space, determined to align with Pakistan, however its Hindu ruler, Raja Hari Singh, had his inclination towards India. Kashmir, termed because the jugular vein of Pakistan by the founding father of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, stays an inevitable to-be-resolved difficulty to normalize bilateral relations between India and Pakistan.
India’s strategy towards Kashmir has develop into burdensome as a result of it has develop into a testing floor for brand new concepts governing the state of affairs projected by the fascist Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP). This distinctive symmetry is predicated on their philosophy of “Hindutva” or “Hinduness,” which is a rogue, extremist ideology looking for to ascertain the hegemony of Hindus and the Hindu lifestyle within the area. Kashmir has its ethos constructed on the Islamic religion of a singular strand of tolerance. It might be an ideal tragedy if this distinctive inheritance had been submerged in BJP’s resolve to impose its violent imaginative and prescient of India.
The continuing agitation in Indian-held Kashmir is rooted within the battle of the folks for the train of their proper to self-determination. Peaceable processions chanting calls for for freedom had been fired upon by the Indian Military and police.
• Syed Hamzah Saleem Gilani is a press counselor on the Pakistan Consulate in Jeddah.