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By Navnita Chadha Behera

The Kashmir factor is usually solid as a "territorial dispute" among belligerent associates in South Asia. yet, there's even more to the tale than that. "Demystifying Kashmir" argues that spotting the wealthy, complicated, and multi-faceted personality of Kashmir is critical not just for realizing the structural motives of this clash, but additionally for supplying possibilities to set up a simply, attainable, and lasting answer.

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Nonetheless, some Muslim Conference leaders and cadres from Poonch, Mirpur, and Kotli chose to break away. They, along with the Azad Muslim Conference, led by Mirwaiz Yusuf Shah, established a local unit of the Muslim League in Srinagar. Meanwhile, the struggle within the National Conference continued. The more the National Conference stressed secular political goals and came closer to the National Congress, the greater the differences between the secular faction and the supporters of the Muslim identity, who made no bones about their preference for the Muslim League over the Congress at the national level.

One one hand, New Delhi felt it could not trust the United Nations, which was bound to play a determining role in setting the terms of the plebiscite; on the other hand, notwithstanding Noel-Baker’s strenuous efforts, Jinnah could not count on support from the Kashmir Valley for accession to Pakistan because his bête noire, Sheikh Abdullah, could not be dislodged from Srinagar. Even Sheikh Abdullah was beginning to appreciate the limits of the National Conference’s influence in the state. Contrary to popular belief, in a united Jammu and Kashmir state, Kashmiri Muslims did not constitute a majority.

The story was not much different for Pakistan. Notwithstanding its public posture, a plebiscite at that historical juncture did not suit Pakistan either. In reality, neither India nor Pakistan wanted to hold a plebiscite in Kashmir until each was absolutely sure of winning it. As was abundantly clear, each 0860-2 ch02 10/26/06 4:30 PM Page 37 India’s Political Gambit / 37 side had its vulnerabilities. One one hand, New Delhi felt it could not trust the United Nations, which was bound to play a determining role in setting the terms of the plebiscite; on the other hand, notwithstanding Noel-Baker’s strenuous efforts, Jinnah could not count on support from the Kashmir Valley for accession to Pakistan because his bête noire, Sheikh Abdullah, could not be dislodged from Srinagar.

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