We stand by the people of Kashmir

Kashmir was a sovereign state at the time when India was under the British rule. On 27th October, 1947, the then Indian Government headed by Late Jawaharlal Nehuru, propelled its military to Kashmir, with the one and only aim to capture that self-governing nation.

Thereafter, the Security Council of the United Nations had repeatedly suggested the Indian Government to conduct a referendum, so that the people of Kashmir can themselves make a decision on their political future…whether to remain an integral part of India or go with Pakistan or stay as a free & independent nation. India too had time and again viewed its concurrence to such proposal, but in reality never allowed such referendum to take place.

The people of Kashmir had been able to hang on to a part of their land, and kept it under their control. Such territory is acknowledged as “Azad (free) Kashmir”. This region of Kashmir is not under the command of Pakistan, instead, it is a self-governing province. The populace living their have their own flag, which is dissimilar to the one of Pakistan. Further, they have their own President and Supreme Court which are again autonomous and function independently. This Azad Kashmir had a bilateral agreement with Pakistan only in matters such as Foreign Policy, Finance, Border Security and Telecommunication.

It was settled that the people residing in Azad Kashmir as well as India occupied Kashmir, shall take part in the referendum, cited above, to decide on their future, i.e. whether to be a part of India or Pakistan or to remain as a self-governing nation.

And yes… there is no state sponsored fright and atrocities in Azad Kashmir, and thus incidents of mass agitation and protests are nil. The UN had black listed India for its illegitimate foray and incursion of Kashmir. No, they didn’t do so with Pakistan.

We strongly demand an immediate public poll or referendum in terms of the proposal of UN or leave it on the people of Kashmir to decide on their future.

Let India not hold on the territory through shocking state terror devices such as clod blooded assassinations, blazing up of houses and so on.

Prabir Ghosh
General Secretary
Science and Rationalists’ Association of India

Sumitra Padmanabhan
General Secretary
Humanists’ Association


কাশ্মীরবাসীদের পাশে আমরা আছি

ভারতবর্ষ যখন পরাধীন কাশ্মীর তখন একটি স্বাধীন দেশ ছিল। ১৯৪৭ এর ২৭ অক্টোবর ভারত এই স্বাধীন দেশ দখল করতে কাশ্মীরে সেনা পাঠায়। তখন ভারতের প্রধানমন্ত্রী ছিলেন জওহরলাল। রাষ্ট্রপুঞ্জের নিরাপত্তা পরিষদ বহুবার প্রস্তাব দেয় স্বাধীন কাশ্মীরের মানুষ গণভোটের মাধ্যমে ঠিক করুক তারা স্বাধীন থাকবে, না ভারত অথবা পাকিস্তানের অধীনে থাকবে। বার বার ভারত সরকার গণভোটের দাবীকে মেনে নেয় কিন্তু প্রতিবারই গণভোট হতে দেয়নি।

কাশ্মীরের জনগণ কাশ্মীরের যে ভূখণ্ডকে নিজেদের অধিকারে রাখতে পেরেছে তার নাম ‘আজাদ কাশ্মীর’ বা স্বাধীন কাশ্মীর। এই কাশ্মীর পাকিস্তানের অধীন নয়, স্বশাসিত অঞ্চল। ওদের নিজস্ব জাতীয় পতাকা আছে (পাকিস্তানের জাতীয় পতাকা ওদের জাতীয় পতাকা নয়)। নিজস্ব রাষ্ট্রপতি আছে (পাকিস্তানের রাষ্ট্রপতি ওদের রাষ্ট্রপতি নয়)। নিজস্ব সুপ্রিম কোর্ট আছে (পাকিস্তানের সুপ্রিম কোর্ট ওদের সুপ্রিম কোর্ট নয়)। ওরা বৈদেশিক নীতি, অর্থ, সীমান্ত রক্ষা এবং যোগাযোগ ব্যবস্থার দায়িত্বে পাকিস্তানের সঙ্গে চুক্তিবদ্ধ হয়েছে।আজাদ কাশ্মীর ও ভারতের অধীকৃত কাশ্মীরে একসঙ্গে যে গণভোট হওয়ার কথা ছিল তাতে উভয় কাশ্মীরের জনগণেরই ঠিক করার কথা ছিল তারা স্বাধীন থাকবে, না ভারত বা পাকিস্তান এর অন্তর্ভক্ত থাকবে।

না, আজাদ কাশ্মীরে কোনো রাষ্ট্রীয় সন্ত্রাস নেই, জনক্ষোভও নেই। ভারত কাশ্মীরকে দখল করে রাখার কারণে U.N.O. ভারতকে Black-Listed করেছে। না, পাকিস্তান কে করেনি। আমাদের দাবী, হয় গণভোট করো, নাহলে কাশ্মীরীদের হাতেই কাশ্মীরকে ছেড়ে দাও। হত্যা, অগ্নিসংযোগ ইত্যাদি রাষ্ট্রীয় সন্ত্রাসের মধ্য দিয়ে আমরা দেশটাকে দখলে রাখতে চাই না।

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17 Responses to “We stand by the people of Kashmir”

  1. SinghR 5 August 2010 at 3:02 AM #

    what is this? it is degenerated, illegible!!!

  2. rationalistbiplab 5 August 2010 at 8:14 AM #

    woooof.an awaysome article in this situation. already prabir ghosh wrote an book “THE PROBLEM OF KASHMEER” in 1999, at the time of kargil war.i think the editor of this site should publish the whole book in this site.

  3. pg 5 August 2010 at 12:35 PM #

    The article can’t be read. Please let us know how the fonts can be installed. We cannot read this article; it is invisible to us.

  4. nilimesh3333 5 August 2010 at 1:11 PM #

    why those nonsense politician dont want to understand the simplest truth-that “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” (Albert Einstein)…how they ignore the history of kashmeer???

  5. pg 5 August 2010 at 1:30 PM #

    “The UN had black listed India for its illegitimate foray and incursion of Kashmir.” – source of this into? I cannot locate the source of this info using Google.

    Anyways, the role of Indian army in Kashmir is certainly condemnable.

  6. SinghR 5 August 2010 at 10:04 PM #

    ““The UN had black listed India for its illegitimate foray and incursion of Kashmir.”

    And, what does this mean? Does not UN losing its charm and potency.

    I am doubtful if I read the whole article (for lots of it appeared degenerated) but how come the author ignoresPak-backed ‘kabaili attack’ on the very ‘sovereign’ state called Kashmir, then under the stupid king Hari Singh!

    Should have India watched the religious genocide griping whole of Kashmir than to intervene on request from its ruler??

    The article is apologetic to Pakistan and borders on being anti-India.

  7. PG 6 August 2010 at 7:39 AM #

    Azad Kashmir is under Pakistan control http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azad_Kashmir

  8. SinghR 6 August 2010 at 9:30 PM #

    Is pg/PG the same as the author of the article-Prabir Ghosh?

  9. pg 7 August 2010 at 6:32 PM #

    @ SinghR – No.

  10. rationalistbiplab 8 August 2010 at 9:20 PM #

    dear author or the editor. it is the time to publish the whole article of prabir ghosh wchich he wrote 11 years ago, at the time of kargil war.
    i read it.i think all confusions will clear.

  11. Jayabrata 10 August 2010 at 6:53 AM #

    World Bank is under control of “United Nation”. The World Bank has refused to accept Indian Occupied Kashmir as an integral part of India and has rather insisted upon a disclaimer from the Jammu and Kashmir government that funding for a project will not be seen as recognition of India’s territorial claim on the state.

    For the whole article you can go to the below link


  12. forex robot 10 August 2010 at 9:19 PM #

    Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

  13. Som 15 August 2010 at 2:06 PM #

    The author is so ill-informed on Kashmir that he has conveniently forgotten to mention the plight of Northern areas. Please read the following to have more insight in a snapshot.


  14. nilimesh3333 25 August 2010 at 7:33 PM #

    Really Mr. Som without knowing the real fact or truth, dont make foolish comments and i also request u that plz read ‘Kashmir Issue: A Historical Manifesto.’I think after reading the book ur confusion will be cleared…

  15. Rupinder Singh 16 September 2010 at 12:05 AM #

    Prabhir sir is genius. i want to know that is any book of Mr. Prabhir Ghosh is avaiable as e-book to download. if yes, dear friends plz. tell me d source.

  16. Rupinder Singh 22 September 2010 at 1:27 AM #

    watch this video


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