By Harshdeep Joshi
AAKROSH. January 2007. Volume 10. Number 34
Kashmir is confronted with a new set of realities as it steps into the year 2007, which will effectively mark the completion of seventeen years of violence and bloodbath in the Valley—still imprinted as ‘paradise on earth’ on the minds of people. That image has not changed. But, there is a definitive change in the attitude and approach. The shrill rhetoric of “We want freedom” that in the late 1980s replaced the full-throated slogans of “Kashmir banega Pakistan” (Kashmir will become part of Pakistan), is also fading. A new reality has set in that the world is not interested in forcing a solution on Kashmir. The nuclear flash-point blip on the global radar is disappearing. The May 1998 tit-for-tat nuclear explosions by India and Pakistan have long been forgotten. Kashmir triggering Armageddon and the holocaust scenario have long faded from the memory of the world leaders and think tanks.