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Should Kashmir be made an independent state?

Should Kashmir be made an independent state?
Kashmir is the albatross around Indo-Pakistan peace process’s neck. The dispute over this piece of land has made India-Pakistan fight over 3 wars and continued tension that results in escalated violence over and over again. The world has taken a closer look and efforts are on to diffuse the situation that has given rise of extremism in south Asia and a terrorism ridden Pakistan. But can an independent Kashmir be a solution to the problems faced by the sub-continent?

Reasons for India and Pakistan to leave Kashmir
  • 1Peace on track – The tension between India and Pakistan would subside. One of the major tensions that the relationship face is the continued standoff on Kashmir. If Kashmir is made an independent state then surely there would be a new beginning in the relationship of these two Asian giants.
  • Terrorism checked – Pakistan is the hot-bed of terrorism; all the terror activities that go around in the world have Pakistan as an epicenter. Little wonder that when Osama Bin Laden was on run, he chose Pakistan, the Mecca of terror. Once Kashmir dispute is solved there would be little incentive for Pakistan to keep terror unchecked.
  • Well-being of Kashmiris – People of Kashmir would be the one’s deriving maximum benefit from this arrangement. They can derive benefit from India, a growing economy, by indulging in trade. Pakistan too can be utilized as a major trading partner by the independent state of Kashmir.
  • Human Rights violation to stop – When people of Kashmir are at the helms of their affairs, the Human Rights violation suffered at the hands of Indian and Pakistani armies is bound to stop.
Reasons for India and Pakistan to not leave Kashmir
  • Terrorism may grow multifold - There are fringe elements that wish to radicalize Kashmir and dilute its distinctive secular fabric. It does not help much that Kashmir is always on edge over one issue or the other. The original Hindu and Sikh settlers have already been thrown out. Hence, abrupt leaving of Kashmir would make it a live bomb for terrorists to blackmail states.
  • Balance of power may tilt - It would not help much if an independent Kashmir goes and sits in the lap of a power hungry China. It would defeat the very idea of independence and would give the communist country a strategic advantage. P.S., China already holds a large part of Kashmir, gifted to it by Pakistan.
  • New country, new challenges - There have been numerous new countries that have been born in the last 50-60 years, Pakistan is one of them. It does not help much that most of them have been on the verge of being a ‘failed state’, see Pakistan. So, if Kashmir is made independent, it would have challenges unique to its being.
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yes it should be...
If the war stop by making Kashmir independent , Then it should be.
Yes it should be.
Kashmir Is one of the most beautiful place all over the world.
So it should be declared as an independent country the war between India and Pakistan will end.

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