Kashmir Problem Stems from Pakistan’s Desire to Dominate Narrative
The real cause of the unrest and violence in Kashmir is Pakistan’s desire to dominate the narrative on the issue and ultimately fulfil its objectives of annexing the territory.
The real cause of the unrest and violence in Kashmir is Pakistan’s desire to dominate the narrative on the issue and ultimately fulfil its objectives of annexing the territory. This desire to impose its will in Kashmir through brute force, deceit and propaganda is the real cause of the so-called Kashmir problem. To remember the truth we must return to the events of October 1947 which have been distorted beyond recognition by Pakistani propaganda.
To divert attention from this central point, Pakistan has carried out false propaganda for over seven decades holding the lack of implementation of the 1948 United Nations Resolutions as the root of the problem. This diversionary tactic has largely succeeded. For as Hitler’s propaganda chief said: Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.
The Pakistani propaganda machine started churning out lies ever since its inception in 1947. The Pakistani leadership was not happy that the Maharaja of Kashmir had refused to accede to Pakistan and preferred to stay independent. This was intolerable to all Pakistani leaders including Mohammad Ali Jinnah who stated that they had inherited a moth-eaten state.
Pakistan secretly sent in mercenary Afghans to invade Kashmir and forcibly annex Kashmir. The tribal invaders entered Kashmir raping, lotting, pillaging and leaving villages burning. They would have ravaged all of Kashmir if they had not been so busy collecting and sending back loot.
Ordinary Kashmiris led by Sheikh Abdullah prepared for the defence of Srinagar. But they stood no chance as Pakistan had secretly sneaked in regular army officers to bolster the tribal attacks.
In desperation, the Maharaja Hari Singh the ruler of Kashmir acceded to India on 26 October 1947 and the next day the then Governor-General of India, Lord Mountbatten formally accepted the accession. This was done legally and under the terms of the Partition of India and Pakistan accepted by all three signatories to the Partition plan.
But Pakistan never accepted this and began a full-fledged war with India to wrest Kashmir. The war continued into the next year and then ended in a stalemate. Pakistan’s objective of forcibly annexing Kashmir was thwarted. But it is a defeat Pakistan’s leadership has not forgotten. It continues to use lies, propaganda, murders and terrorists to paint India as the villain in the hope that ultimately Kashmir will one day be part of Pakistan.
But will evil triumph? Unlikely, given that the Indian state today is far stronger than it was in 1947 and the world has seen through the age-old Pakistani game of using terrorism to achieve its objectives. The Indian government today needs to better fight the war of narratives while simultaneously providing political space to the people of J&K.
27 October 2021