Essay

Kashmir dispute: Domestic or world issue?

Print edition : September 27, 2019

Jawaharlal Nehru with Pakistan Prime Minister Mohammed Ali Bogra. Even in August 1953, Nehru agreed with Bogra that “the Kashmir dispute... should be settled in accordance with the wishes of the people of the State”. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

April 28, 1948: N. Gopalaswami Ayyangar (left) and M.C. Setalvad, members of the Indian delegation to the United Nations Security Council, returning to New Delhi. Gopalaswami Ayyangar told the Council on February 3 that year that Kashmir was free to withdraw from its accession to India and either accede to Pakistan or remain independent. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The United Nations map of South Asia. Its legend declares emphatically: “The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.” It is one map that India cannot ban.

The Kashmir dispute was internationalised quite early in its history and has never been a purely domestic issue, apart from the fact that the Valley cannot be subjugated by force.

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