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

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Weak Case

THE Clinton administration's recent statement rejecting the 1947 Instrument of Accession (by which Kashmir became a part of India), thereby reiterating the status of Kashmir as a 'disputed territory', has quite predictably stirred a hornet's nest in India. The US, of course, has its own motives and plans for rearranging territorial borders in the subcontinent. But the Indian government should acknowledge that its claims on Kashmir are also sticky. In international fora, New Delhi cannot muster historical records to justify its claims and its policies which are getting increasingly militarist and directed against the common Kashmiri citizens in the Valley, as evident from the latest killings of protesting demonstrators on the Hazratbal issue.

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