Fw (Links): The Right to Self-determination in Kashmir

Alan Bradley abradley1 at bigpond.com
Mon Sep 24 17:53:10 MDT 2001


> From: "Ulhas Joglekar"
> > Socialists think permanent peace demands independence for Kashmir.
>
> Indian Marxist Left has never supported demand for independence for
> Kashmir. You would need to go into the history of India's freedom movement
> as well as the history of the Cold War to understand this.

I posted the article because of what it showed about the role and nature of
the fundamentalist currents in Pakistan, rather than for its content about
the Kashmir question as such.

I will leave that debate to people more knowledgeable than myself, aside
from pointing out that the author of the original article is very clearly
attempting to take an internationalist position that does not make
concessions to either Pakistani or Indian national chauvinist prejudices.
His success in doing so may, of course, be disputed.

Having said that, I have always been vaguely amused by the "Socialists think
...." form.  Inevitably, it's only some Socialists who think that, and very
often my response is "Well, _I_ don't think that...".

Alan Bradley
abradley1 at bigpond.com




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