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Is referendum in Kashmir Legally valid?
|by Srinivasan MK|
Prashant Bhusan, son of former law minister Shanti Bhushan and more powerfully recognised as one of the core members of "India Against Corruption" made a controversial remark on kashmir a few months ago. He was posed a question on kashmir during a press meet to which he said, a referendum in kashmir is possible and kashmiris should decide what they want. For those who are new to the words "referendum" or "Plebiscite", it is a simple voting being done by all people in that region and based on that,the fate of Kashmir will be decided. There are three possile outcomes of this so-called referendum.
Now having seen what are the possibilities in place, lets go back to the fundamental question, should Kashmir face a Referendum?
Lets go back in History to find out the real problem behind kashmir.The British Raj included a conglomeration of princely states being taken over and ruled by the Queen in England.Towards the closing stages of British rule, tensions between Hindus and Muslims rose to unimaginable heights and possibilty of Hindus and Muslims living together was ruled out. Thanks to Jinnah and leaders of Muslim league, creation of Pakistan was conceived and norished upon in all muslims.
What about India?
Now the folloiwng questions prop up in mind:
Pakistan violated both the above points and has illegally occupied a portion of Kashmir.Without pondering all these points, is it right to decide based on the will of a people?
Kerala is undergoing complete radicalization and the total Muslim population will be majority in no time, thanks to the ruling communists and lazy Hindus. This will be followed by shouts of Azaadi.
Can we have a similar referendum in Kerala?
I leave the answers to the readers.
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