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Letters for January 2002-----------------------------

From: "Goodall, Andrew (CAP, GCF)" <Andrew.Goodall@gecapital.com>
Subject: Very interesting
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 12:30:49 +1000

I would like a map of Jammu-Kashmir that has India & Pakistan included and another map showing the Pakistani and Indian areas of Jammu-Kashmir so I can see where they all fit in, also a topographical map would help understand the difficulty in accessing mountain regions. Unfortunately the USA will never get involved unless it benefits, just look at when the USA has got involved and when it has stayed out. Human suffering or human rights are not important reasons for the USA to become involved only dollar's, power and control are considered. I wish you the best in finding a solution to this problem but really it will only be solved if the powers in Pakistan are overthrown or India gives in to Pakistan.
Kind regards Andrew Goodall

Thank you Mr. Goodall for your comments. Human sufferings unfortunately are never the concern of any country when it comes to national interests. This is a sad reality about the human condition, and it does not look like things will change. The question is to understand the roots of conflict and to see what really is causing the sufferings. It might be pertinent to ask three things about Kashmir: 1) Were the Indian security forces killing people in Kashmir before 1989? 2) Was there any instance of a Muslim or Hindu or Buddhist not being able to practice his or her religion in the state of Jammu & Kashmir? 3) And were the people of the state denied opportunities of any kind? If the answer to all these questions is no, then we must look for the cause of conflict elsewhere. And what could that be? Mr Goodall?


From: "amgccc@hotmail.com "
Subject: Hold the UN referendum in India.
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2002 12:50:17 EST

Dear Sir

People of Kashmir do not want to be ruled by Hindu dominated India. The Indian Army is committing most appalling Human rights violations and crimes in the Indian held Kashmir. Why have so many innocent women been raped? why have so many innocent people been killed by the Indian forces? I must object to any killing of any innocent person, whether they are Hindu Muslim Christian or Jew. Why does India not just hold a UN referendum on Kashmir? ask the Kashmiri people as to what they want? do they want to be with India, Pakistan or on their own? Once this referendum is done, both India and Pakistan can enjoy peaceful relations, a friendly neighbour, bustling economies, the rightful vision of Both Gandhi and Jinnah. Both of them are champions of the free India and Pakistan and both wanted very good relations. By going to war both countries masses will loose. You only need to look at Europe, where now there are no boundaries, people are prosperous and forward looking. Therefore hold the referendum, ask the people of Kashmir, what they want to do?



Dear Mubbashir,
You still think like a medeival person. In modern democracies, people are not ruled. They rule. You elect your leaders. If you elect bad ones, it is your problem. In your e-mail you have suggested holding a UN referendum in J&K as a possible solution to the over a decade long problem. As you are aware, the people of J&K have participated in all the elections conducted so far. They have expressed their solidarity with the democratic process in India. Isn't this a referendum then? Besides, it appears that you are not well aware of either the clauses of the UN Resolution or the post-UN Resolutions historical/ political developments in the sub-continent or else you would not have thought of advising this solution.


Sender: AyeshaPirzada@bbh.com
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2002 17:14:28 -0500

I was reviewing your website, in particular the "Basic facts" Q & A's about Jammu and Kashmir. I don't have all the facts and wanted your views about the states of Hyderabad and Junagadh. Do you know what the Maharajas of those states decide when the British gave them the right to decide which country they wanted to side with. I believe the Maharajas were muslims but the majortiy of the people were Hindus.

Many thanks

Thanks for your mail Ayesha. The two states of Junagadh and Hyderabad integrated with India amicably and have been part of India since then. History proved that the decision to amalgamate these two areas into the Indian Union was correct in the context of the East Pakistan experience.


From: KL04LIBERATION@aol.com
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 22:12:09 EST


Najib Afsar .
Kashmir Liberation Organisation (KLO)

Dear Najib,
Yo clearly belong to that group of people who cannot accept another viewpoint and believe there is a conspiracy in most things. Fact is, I am projecting what I believe to be true to the state of Jammu & Kashmir. I think it is people like you who started all the killing and violence in my state. Yes, some people always believed in an indepenedent kashmir, some believed in accession to Pakistan, others wanted to stay with India while many did not care anyway. We had never any problems with this but there was Aman in Kashmir. You could not accept that and when you saw disaffection growing with Farooq Abdullah, you and your Jamaati friends, started the jihad. I do not agree with that. And that makes you call me an Indian agent. I wonder whose agent you are. I will continue to do my duty and project the facts about Jammu and Kashmir the way they are.


From: Adair Adams <adair@pn2.vsnl.net.in>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2002 21:53:15 +0530
Subject: before 1947

Thank you for your site. I now have a grasp of the political situation from its beginnings. I am however a bit confused as to the political status of kashmir and Jammu before 1947. Was it an Indian state at that time but left alone as a "country" of it own? If it was a part of India what did that mean at that time before 1947? I was trying to follow the political thread in your articles but got lost! many thanks, perhaps some day I will be able to travel there..


Post Meherabad
Dist. Ahmednagar
M.S. 414001

Dear Adair,
The state of J&K was a princely state under the British crown before 1947. For more information you could look up the various books on Modem Indian History.


From: Faisal_Tariq@mykrolis.com
Subject: Hello
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 13:47:26 -0600

You know what is sad... It is that both Pakistani's and Indians are liars and you know the best kind of lie is the one that has 99% truth and 1% lie, and that 1% can be devastating. I am tired of hearing both the Pakistanis and Indians lie about their position on Kashmir. Your website has partial truths but not the whole truth. I am sorry your website is a lie... Yes! I agree Pakistanis are bad SOB'S but I have read about India and its atrocities also and you don't mention it at all. How can you lie like that?
Faisal Tariq

Dear Faisal,
What you say it true. But my web site does contain facts about genuine atrocities and abuse by the security forces. You need to search for them in the archives section. What I dont do is highlight these excesses. I dont highlight excesses by militants either or put up gory pictures. Some stories are true, many are lies. I dont want to go into that issue in detail. There are many other sites that deal with atrocties and make politics out of that. But that is not the fundamental issue. The basic issue is how did this conflict in Jammu & Kashmir arise? And in which direction is it going?


From: "Jatin Haldankar" <JHaldankar@raftintemational.com>

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 14:17:00 +0530

I want to know the URL of "Resolution on Assurances adopted by U.N. Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP) 1948" on U.N Site. also what is the reason that majority of Kashmiri muslim are anti Indian ? Hope you'll answer me ..

Dear Jatin,
It is a misconception that Kashmiri Muslims are anti-India. There are of course some elements who are not satisfied with the present set of government there and hence the problem continues to exist. In this context, it is worthwhile to note that despite Pakistan's attempt to poison the minds of Kashmiri Muslims against India, it did not succeed and as a result Pakistan was forced to bank upon foreign mercenaries to sustain its proxy war against India.


From: "surrender panthri" <surenderpanthri@rediffmail.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2002 14:24:55 -0000

Hi sadiq! The site is a commendable effort in terms of unbiased information, which is so vital for a clear understanding of the issue. Before, i put forth any comments, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Maggie Kravitz and have lived and grown up in a metropolitan India, mainly Delhi. It was out of curiosity, or u may call it an awaekning to my sorroundings that i am making efforts to understand 'The Issue - Kashmir'. I have visited many sites on the net and must admit that none have been of much use. Moreover, I haven't had much awareness about the historical context. What I've felt is that all the information on the net or otherwise is inexorably prejudiced, depending on the 'interest'. So, it was my quest for a tangible awareness that i visited your sight to and found it reasonably "uninterested - unmotivated'. I mean to be objective is difficult and that's what u guys have managed to do. Though I am not very sure if I am in a position to make a judgement, yet its my sincere wish to grasp the core of the issues with all its objectivity and complexity. To this end, I am seeking your help. I would be grateful if you could suggest further means to expand my knowledge and enrich my understanding by way of reference material. I would like to wish u and your mates all the best in your endeavours.

Thanking u.
Maggie Kravitz

Dear Maggie,
Thank you for visiting our site. Since you find our site objective in its approach, all material published here will be useful for you. To further enrich your knowledge you could read vrious books on Jamu and Kashmir available in the market.


From: Chris Desouza <Dialchris@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 16:33:01 EST

Hello Mr Sadiq

I was researching the issue of Kashmir and I came across your site. Notwithstanding you are a Muslim, your arguments and expression of the truth provides a clearer and unbiased view of events. More importantly, I appreciate your strong desire and repeated call for fighting for the people of kasmir and not just another excuse of claiming territory. I myself wonder what these 2 powerful governments (atleast where Kashmir is concerned) are doing to better the lives of Kasmiris and more so for those who were directly affected by injuries and deaths within their families for no fault of their own. I know one thing for sure - As long as the people of Kashmir are quiet, nothing will happen. Their wishes will remain a distant dream and a sad one at that. Citizens across the border can speak all they want but as long as the Kashmiris do not speak up, nothing much will happen.... I would like know what long term benefits or support system has been put in place for these displaced people of Kashmir. Is there any support group directly helping them. If so I would like to know and get in touch with them. I know we can all express our opinions no matter what the facts say but these opinions do not heal wounds and does not bring comfort to those who are currently suffering.

Sincerely Chris Desouza
New York, NY

Thank you for the heartfelt compliments. The displaced people of Kashmir can seek support and help by support groups like Panun Kashmir and Kashmiri Samiti. Their addresses are as follows:-

1. Panun Kashmir
Central Secretariat,
H-199, Sector - 11,
Durga Nagar, Bantalab, Jammu- 180013,
Ph. 91-191-592066
Unit NCR : Delhi
Phone: 91-011-6429942
Voice Mail: 9393231
e-mail: neeria(8)Jida. vsnl.net.in

2. Kashmiri Samiti
Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar-V,
New Delhi-110024


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