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December 2, 2008
Q&A: Ask your questions about the conflict in Kashmir

The attacks in Mumbai have brought new attention to an old dispute between India and Pakistan about the land of Kashmir.

The region of 13 million straddles Pakistan, India and China, but India has controlled the majority of Kashmir for decades. Pakistan controls a much smaller area, as does China.

Since 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars over the part of Kashmir controlled by India. Though India is mainly Hindu, two-thirds of the population in this part of Kashmir is Muslim, the predominant religion of Pakistan.

An anti-Indian insurgency in Kashmir has recently intenstified, and India believes such insurgents may have been responsible for the attacks in Mumbai.

Haley Duschinski is a cultural anthropologist at Ohio University who regularly travels to Kashmir, most recently in February. Her research focuses on violence and war, human rights and transitional justice in Kashmir within the context of the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan.

Thank you all for your questions. Professor Duschinski has answered them here.

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#6

Yes Mr.Shea johnson,
Let me start it from the beggining when British ruled us,at that time there was no Pakistan.
And thus just before british left they asked all the muslims whether they favour for a separate country?
90% of muslims favoured it and it was decided that Pakistan may come into existence and it wud get freedom just a day before India wud,(irony is that though 90% muslims voted for a separate country just 15% among them left India and settled in Pakistan).And also there was an agreement that the royal kingdoms which existed during those days will decide on either joining India or pakistan,and Jammu and Kashmir was then ruled by His Highness Maharaja Hari Singh.And thus he had strong pressure from British as well as pakistan to join them,but he decided to join India and in the mean time pakistan attacked Jammu and Kashmir and HH Maharaja Hari singh asked for India to help and indea intervened and defeated Pakistan,but still pakistan had entered the 1/3rd of J&K and illegally occupied it.
Since then that part is in their hand and if the British settlement has to be respected then that 1/3rd of J&K which Pakistan is illegally possessing is India’s.this is the actual J&K dispute,but now with the increasing Chinese support Pakistan is also claiming that the remaining 2/3rd of J&K is also their’s.
There is no end to the claims of Pakistan because it does not respect America or Britain and is funded by China.

#5

Can you explain in detail what the whole dispute over Kashmir really is about? In the perspective of India and Pakistan and Kashmir, if you be so kind.
I really must know.

#4

According to your studies conducted why Kashmiri politicians do not favour separatists despite having same supporters who throng on streets for anti India protest and also casting their votes.

#3

India’s 59-hour Infamy
A video of war on Jihadi Terrorism in Mumbai
http://shehjar.kashmirgroup.com/viewArticle.do?method=magazineissuearticlepages&maga_arti_id=630&page_no=1&PAGE_ID=1&mag_issue_id=79

#2

” For the triumph of evil it is necessary that concerned people, parties and politicians around the world do nothing ”

I as a concerned citizen of the United States of America and World. I do not justify and like any evil acts of terror and terrorism. As a psychiatrist I can say that as a consequence of occupation, suppression, alienation, victimization, degradation, desperation, helplessness, hopelessness, and depression the ordinary people are led to suicide.In the process, some times, they are driven to the evil acts and spread their pain and apathy around as they have resorted to these evil acts over centuries. We should not forget the plight of Kashmiris, Palestinians, and many more people around the world at the hands of state sponsored terror and terrorism as perpetuated by India in Kashmir and Israel in Palestine. These kind of situations result in these heinous and evil acts around the world. Do not expect U.S.A. and president elect Obama to do much about it. It is Global problem and all concerned people, parties, and politicians need to think out of
box and address these issues candidly and openly without shifting blame around. I suggest the President Elect Obama appoint Hon. former President Bill Clinton to resolve Kashmir issue between Kashmiris, Indians, and Pakistan and out going president Hon. George W Bush to resolve Palestinian issue between Is israel and Palestinian authorities as that has his goal to do so before he passes on the presidency onto president elect Obama.

Yours Truly,

COL. A.M. Khajawall[Ret] MD., ABFM., ABDA.
First Secretary: Kashmir American Mission[KAM]
Founder: Kashmiri American Council[KAC]
Chief Consultant: World Wide Professional Consultants[WWPC]
Colonel, USAR /MC Combat Stress Control[Ret], Disabled American Veteran
Consultant Psychiatrist: CA State, Medical Board of California, and Los Angeles Mental Health Department
Mailing Address: P.O.BOX 4040, Diamond Bar California, 91765-0040 USA,

#1

India-Pakistan friendship will lead peace in the region

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