Kashmir Is And Will Remain An Integral Part Of India: Hazare18 October 2011
Times of India
Pune: Social crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday reiterated that Kashmir is and will remain an integral part of India and that, if needed, he was ready to again participate in a war against Pakistan on the issue. In his blog from Ralegan Siddhi, Hazare made his stand about Kashmir clear once again, indicating that he did not agree with the views of Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan, who had supported a plebiscite in Kashmir. 'Some people talk incoherent things about Kashmir-related issues. They are unaware that when I was in the Army, I had taken active part in the India-Pakistan war. All my colleagues attained martyrdom on the border during the war with Pakistan. But I miraculously survived. It was then that I pledged the rest of my life in the service of my country,' he said. 'Even today you can see the marks on my forehead left behind by a Pakistani bullet. It is my active conviction that Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so. Today, once again, if I have to, I am ready to take part in a war against Pakistan. But some people can only speak and don't do anything on the ground (in reality for Kashmir) and this is unfortunate,' Hazare stated. Soon after finishing school, Hazare was recruited in the Indian Army. He was trained as a truck driver and participated in the India-Pakistan war in 1965. On October 14, Hazare distanced himself from Bhushan's statement on Kashmir. In his blog that day, he said, 'Some sections of the media have resorted to spreading controversial statements as mine, regarding Prashant Bhushan's opinion on the Kashmir issue. That's why I'm issuing a formal statement. When Bhushan said 'it is necessary to take a public consensus on Kashmir issue', it was his personal opinion. My team and I have nothing to do with it,; we are creating a revolutionary era by taking forward our crusade for the Jan Lokpal bill and striving for a corruption-free India ('Right to Reject', 'Right to Recall' etc), ' he said.