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From 50 Years Ago (22 April 2006)

gesture of holding a plebiscite. These ges-Pandit Nehru

FROM 50 YEARS AGO gesture of holding a plebiscite. These ges-Pandit Nehru’s implied suggestion for a tures have not been appreciated by Karachi. compromise solution of the Kashmir problem Subsequent developments, however, have has been interpreted by Karachi as a sign of helped New Delhi to retrieve its position in weakness on the part of India...Cordial Kashmir... relations between India and Pakistan is desirPakistan’s intransigent attitude is evident able in the interests of both countries. It will from the revelation made by Pandit Nehru in be conceded that a dispute cannot be solved

Vol VIII, No 16, April 21, 1956 one of his speeches in New Delhi some days without concessions by both sides.There will

ago. To ensure amicable relations with not be as much opposition to a compromiseInter-related Issues Pakistan, India proposed some years ago to solution in Kashmir as to New Delhi’s mis(Weekly Notes) reach a settlement of the Kashmir problem taken notion that there can be a solution to

through partition on the basis of the present the Kashmir problem treated as a separate

Kashmir is an issue which should never ceasefire line. This proposal evoked no problem. Kashmir cannot be solved indepenhave been in dispute between India and response from Karachi. In his New Delhi dently of any settlement of the other issues in Pakistan. As the Maharaja of Kashmir signed speech, Pandit Nehru did not seem to revive dispute between India and Pakistan. Continued the Instrument of Accession, Kashmir became this proposal. But his disclosure has been exodus of Hindus from East Bengal and evacuee part of India. New Delhi sent troops to defend interpreted in Karachi to mean that India is property are two such related issues which Kashmir against Pakistani aggression. Indian still eager to reach such a solution of the must be setted along with an agreed solution troops could have driven the aggressor out of Kashmir problem. Karachi’s reaction has of the Kashmir problem. Pandit Nehru’s recent the Valley. But New Delhi made a mistake been hostile. Both the Prime Minister and speech in New Delhi is a welcome indication in referring the problem to the Security Coun-the Foreign Minister of Pakistan have that lie is, though belatedly, realising the cil before completing the military operation. summarily rejected any such solution of the inter-relation between the various issues in New Delhi made an even more generous Kashmir dispute. dispute between India and Pakistan.

Economic and Political Weekly April 22, 2006

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