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Kashmir: From Cartography To Demography

Kashmir: From Cartography To Demography | By Abid Latif Sindhu

The people of Kashmir always longed for independence and their right of self-determination. Self-determination is not only a political tool for ascertaining the way of governance, rather it is more of an ideological expression which steers a nation towards its destination. Nations are territorial but it is the nationalism, ideology, heritage and a particular culture which is calcify with the boundaries, so basing on these, Kashmir is different from rest of the India. The southern states of India, the north eastern or even the western can assimilate with mainland, but for Kashmir this can’t happen as being different due to Muslim majority and its ethos.

These vectors are pinching the most, now Indians want to change them, the demographic offensive is on the leash. The Kashmir problem for them lies in its demography of Muslim majority, therefore the solutions also lies in demography by altering the majority into a parity or best a minority if possible. They are already disturbed for the acronym usage of IOK (Indian Occupied Kashmir), and suggest that Kashmir should best be called as Indian held or in subtlety the Indian Kashmir.

Before thread bearing the Kashmir issue it is pertinent to look at the demographic offensive. Indian occupied Kashmir is divided into three distinct areas, this distinctiveness is beautifully played by present Indian Government like a Victorian lady moving around with her gigolo and the gismo, uttering glossy speeches at every crass. The three regions are, one, the Kashmir valley with 95% Muslim majority, second, the Jammu with its six district with east of Chenab i.e Doda, Rajouri and Ponch being Muslim majority and rest the Hindu majority. Third is Ladhakh with Kargil and Leh, Kargil is Muslim majority area and Leh is a Buddhist dominated area.

Ladhakh region is sparsely populated. Indians are trying to change demography in all these regions, offensive is very overwhelming in Ladhakh, it is steaming high in Jammu region and is very calculative in valley. Recently a new town, almost a mini city based on purely Hindu population is crafted in Jammu region, this new city is known for its extravaganza water supplyand canals, courtesy Chanab river. Hindus from all over India are settling down in Jammu region with an assurance of safety and security being proved by Indian military.

The wealthy hindus are also buying lot of property in and around Srinagar valley as poor Muslims are selling out their heredity endowments to meet the mundane chores of life. Every new buyer is almost, always a hindu. Hindus have a fascinations with Himalayas due to two reasons, one, it is the birth place of their deities and also the place form where all the rivers specially the Ganga is originated. For this reason Ladhakh is strategically very important, in geological lexicon it is called as the mini Tibet. Leh being the buddhist area is under sever negative population crunch as there polyandry is practiced, while the Muslim population of Kargil is increasing. This is an area of concern for Modi government which is adopting quite a measures to address this issue. Modi’s demographic offensive is also local with two other things, the democratic offensive and the developmental spree. Recent elections in Kashmir is testimony to this, BJP got 25 seats and People Democratic Party (PDP) got 28 seats. BJP’s influence in Ladhakh and Jammu has increased manifold in last ten years.

BJP before elections was sure to get the majic number of 44 to form a majority government in Kashmir. They are a bit disappointed on getting 25 seats which is otherwise a great achievement for a rightest hindu party in Muslim majority area. The democratic offensive was based on two prong strategy, first was to govern the Kashmir from righteous overtures of BJP and other and more important was to repeal article 370 of Indian constitution, thereby eliminating the aura of special status to the Kashmir. This could have a windfall effect, the state will become part of India, hindus could freely bay property and businesses, the Ladakh which is 70% of Indian held Kashmir will be the new center stage defining the realignment of China centric foreign policy which will likely be tuned through strategic Himaliyas and Indian states adjoining China.

Source: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=259734


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