ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Two Worlds

Referendum in Kashmir THERE is an apparent concern in the western world over the plight of Kashmiris in Jamifiu and Kashmir (J&K). Among various suggestions, one has called for a referendum to cover all the options [The Economist, London, February 15, 1992], including a choice Tor India or Pakistan. In the garb of democracy, this is a mere rehash of the 45-year old colonial policy of dividing the people according to faith. That had terrible consequences of a communal holocaust and massive displacement across the north Indian subcontinent, leading to a bitter tension in the region simmering all this time. Such a choice based on faith in a multicommunal society is even now reprehensible and to be rejected outright as a neo-colonial approach.

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