MADRAS: Chief Minister of Kashmir Sheikh Abdullah said today, “I have absolutely no doubt that whenever a referendum is held in Kashmir the vote will be in favour of India and not in favour of Pakistan.”
This morning, he was speaking at a well-attended gathering at a nearby institution.
He clarified that he wasn’t speaking from a place of emotion. Many Indians continued to inquire about if a referendum was conducted in Kashmir and how the local Muslims might vote for India rather than Pakistan.
“To them.” “I say the people of Kashmir did not join hands with Pakistan when there was nobody to stop them from doing so,” Sheikh Abdullah said. Had Mr Jinnah and his associates really believed that the Muslims residing in Kashmir would support Pakistan, they would never have allowed me to begin their assault on the region.
He said, “Kashmir has chosen to align herself with India, not out of any sense of mutual advantage or coercion, but rather because the people of Kashmir feel ideologically attuned to the Indian people.” Since we believe that India and we have similar ideologies, we will form an alliance with India rather than Pakistan.
Since India has supported the Muslims of Kashmir against this aggression for the past two years with men, money, and moral support, and since hundreds of our comrades from all over India have given their all for us, given their lives on Kashmiri soil, and strengthened the bonds between Kashmir and India, why should anyone in India now expect a change in the minds of the Kashmiri people? Nobody ought to believe that people are so ungrateful.
“In Pandit Nehru and other Indian leaders who are working to counter communal ideologies in India and throughout the globe, we may see a glimmer of hope. However, we see the exact reverse in Pakistan. While we are constructing our state on secular democracy, they are attempting to base theirs on enmity amongst communities. As supporters of secular democracy, it is our responsibility to support those groups attempting to impose similar values on their nation. We will never be with Pakistan; we will always be with India.
“What does religion teach, and what is after all religion?” So did Sheikh Abdullah. You have perused the Quran and the Gita. Religion never teaches hate; it only ever teaches the brotherhood of man.
Sheikh Abdullah went on, “We have carefully considered and laid out our plan of action and future course of action, and we are certain that we, the people of Kashmir, will not stray from the course we have long since chosen.
“I guarantee you that Jawaharlal and Kashmir will always be together.” Jawaharlal will not give up on Kashmir, no matter what, and we will not give up on India, I can promise you of that.
Naturally, we face a lot of challenges. We have overcome a lot of obstacles and yet have more to overcome, but as long as our cause is right, we won’t be confused by the outcome. That is the Gita’s preaching. We will prevail as long as our cause is right. We will not be seen to have lost the fight for righteousness, even if we forfeit our lives in the process. That is the admirable lesson Mahatma Gandhi imparted to us. We will feel satisfied that we have contributed to the right cause, even if it means sacrificing our own lives along the way.
Despite their success in evicting the foreign occupiers from the land, Sheikh Abdullah maintained that the nation was not yet really free. Even if the nation was technically free, the people’s gained independence meant nothing as long as they were emotionally enslaved. Therefore, he desired that the student, on whose shoulders the future of the nation depended, analyze the reasons for this large subcontinent’s servitude with composure and then work to avoid the same mistakes and eliminate the same flaws that in the past had allowed them to be subjugated.
He said that their internal weakness was the reason for the country’s split. “Our primary method of answering the question was essentially incorrect. The fundamental foundation that Mr. Jinnah attempted to use to create his Pakistan ought to have been destroyed. The basic foundations upon which the two-nation thesis was based should have been addressed.
Sheikh Abdullah wished for the people to understand that “India was subjected to foreign rule because of our weakness, and the country was divided because of our weakness, and it will again be because of our weakness that our freedom would not last long.”
He said that the Kashmiris were striving for the establishment of secular democracy, the abolition of the zamindari, the end of communalism, and the elimination of economic exploitation of the populace. Students might contribute to the cause by fostering India’s secular democracy. The ties between India and Kashmir would only become stronger as the country’s secular democracy expanded. He exhorted people to struggle against economic exploitation, social and economic inequality, and community harmony as well as secular democracy.