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

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From Autonomy to Self-Determination

The rise in militant violence, coupled with secessionist demands in Kashmir bear an ominous similarity with events in East Pakistan of the 1950s and 1960s, that culminated in the creation of Bangladesh. This paper draws on parallels evident in the two regions, when increasing obfuscation of democracy, widespread alienation, superimposed proxy regimes in both instances helped fuel militancy. To stop history from repeating itself in Kashmir, the work of restoration must first begin with reconciliation, while limited options can be expanded in the search for daring, far-sighted options that will, in the long run, ensure lasting peace in the region.

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