A ‘blueprint’ For Kashmir Solution!

A ‘blueprint’ For Kashmir Solution!

17 April 2010
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Robert Blake, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs sometime back revealed to the media that there already exists a ‘blueprint’ for the solution of Kashmir dispute. According to him this ‘blueprint’ had been discussed and agreement was also reached on it between the contending parties but the same had only to be endorsed. However, he did not disclose the exact details of the “blueprint”. According to him Kashmir comes up in every discussion and it is very prominent. He rejected the often quoted premise that it is impossible for India and Pakistan to make progress. He stated that both the countries had made significant progress towards the resolution of the issue during the period 2004 and 2007. The acclaimed journalist Kuldip Nayar had also mentioned about the existence of such a blueprint after his meeting with General Musharraf in 2004. In an article in Tribune he wrote, “General Musharraf has set the ball rolling. He first told two Indian journalists that the solution of Kashmir lay in identifying the area, demilitarising it and giving it a status. Subsequently, he gave shape to his proposal by specifying seven areas: the plains, including Jammu, the foothills up to 7,000 feet, Pir Panjal, the valley, the Great Himalayan zone, the upper Indus valley, and the Northern Areas, the Karakoram, parts of which are with China. For the first time, a Pakistan ruler has proposed independence for Kashmir, besides joint control or UN mandate. General Musharraf must have done the rethinking after talking to the Indian journalists, including myself. At that time, when he said that the Kashmiris wanted independence, he meant that they would 'step back' once concrete proposals were on the table. This might still happen. But independence is an option as of now.” In fact, the ‘blueprint’ was broadly outlined as the four point proposal by General Musharraf in one of his televised speeches. The formula envisaged a gradual roadmap to the ultimate solution of the most intractable problem. One can safely bet that the formula did not come to General Musharraf from divine sources or emerge from his discussions with Indian journalists. It must have been suggested as usual by our western ‘Friends’ who have been ‘Helping’ us in resolving this problem for last 63 years or so! However, the moot point is whether these ‘Friends’ of the sub-continent are really interested in sorting out the problem to the advantage of the two countries and the local people? To know this one has to travel far back in history, right to the events of 1947 when the Anglo-American block was fully manipulating the Kashmir crisis to its advantage. Rakesh Ankit has written a detailed research paper on the subject, “The Cold War and its Impact on the Evolution of the Kashmir Crisis, 1947-48” which appeared in the Journal of the Oxford University History Society in 2009. It would be interesting to quote a few passages from the paper. According to him, “‘Power Politics’ made a large contribution to the evolution of the Kashmir crisis. While the dispute emerged for local, regional and religious reasons its evolution and eventual ‘internationalization’ bears the stamp of concerns which had nothing to do with the individuality of the crisis and the merits of the cases of the two protagonists. In other words, while the events in and around the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir from August 1947 to January 1949, a period which saw an entire range of conflict, from local skirmishes to full-fledged invasion to pitched defensive warfare, were manufactured by a set of circumstances, personalities and concerns, which were all essentially local or regional and sub-continental or religious in nature, once the crisis erupted it was manipulated by the British-led Western Block, as far as possible, in the pursuit of its own vital interests stretching from the Middle East to Central Asia to the Far East. These vital interests can be broadly categorised as defensive, strategic and geo-political (aimed at the former Communist USSR) and ideological or religious (aimed at the Islamic Middle East).” In fact, Rakesh has quoted extract from Bevin’s letter to Marshall which states, “Kashmir was on the Soviet frontier. Russia might well intervene as she had in Greece and China, playing on the tribes and on communal feeling. Whoever controlled the valley of Kashmir controlled the strategic and commercial communications between India, Pakistan and Central Asia.” The main western interest was the access to Central Asia and containment of the Communist Russia. A number of American and British strategists opined that Pakistan would be more useful to them than India as they could manipulate its rulers easily. In fact, it was decided in a meeting in Paris between Bevin and Marshall that the Anglo-American interests would be best served by keeping the Kashmir corridor passing through Gilgit with Pakistan as India could create problems. The ceasefire and the extent of areas under each country too were decided by the western powers as both the armies at that time were controlled by the British Officers. As per the research paper and according to some documents de-classified sometime back, the American and British strategists were advising their respective Governments that Pakistan would be a better choice for them to back. They were also apprehensive that India could wipe out Pakistan unless the West came to its assistance in a big way. All the subsequent military alliances like SEATO and CENTO were a result of this advice. Pakistan was fully supported as long as their interest demanded so and when there was a clash of interest; it was dumped on the roadside! Many people say that a lot of time has passed and the global things have now changed. Russia is no longer a threat it used to be. However, new centres of power and alliances have developed which have made the famous Kashmir corridor more important now. Emergence of China as a super power and an economic giant. The break up of Soviet Union and emergence of a number of independent Central Asian countries with extensive resources of energy have made the Anglo-American block shift their focus towards this area. This has prompted them to design newer ‘blueprints’ which will safeguard their primary interests. Their aim is now to contain China and have a grip on the Central Asian Energy Pie! The “War on Terror” and a crusade against Islamic terrorism is only an excuse to safeguard the existence of Israel. The motivation for this comes from the American Jewish lobby controlling the American Capital and the Media. They are prepared to go to any extent to ensure no harm comes to Israel. Rest of the major initiatives of their strategy are oriented to ensuring the well being of the sinking American economy and their extensive energy requirements. Thus it is advisable for us to fully understand the background of these new ‘blueprints’ being bandied about by the western powers. The best initiative is for the inhabitants of the sub-continent, the Indians, Pakistanis, and above all the Kashmiris to work out our own ‘blueprints’ which would suit the well being and peace in our area. Looking to outsiders having multiple motives is not going to solve any of our problems but only compound these as has been the experience of last more than half a century. We are being colonized in a different way now! It is a pity that in spite of our past experience we continue to look westwards for a solution. Unless we sincerely and honestly realise this and take our own initiatives, we will put many more of our future generations in perpetual bondage to the west! Feedback at ashrafmjk@gmail.com


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