Thursday, June 11, 2009

A documentary on Kashmir Conflict by Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy

Other than the day to day Indian politics another thing I follow closely is the ongoing conflict in Kashmir. I am a strong believer that Kashmir issue should be solved by talks involving India, Pakistan and the local Kashmiri people. This is what I wrote previously in one of my blogs “Being Flexible” is the key to solving the Kashmir problem. All parties should accept the fact that there cannot be a permanent armed solution for this six decade old problem and the only possible way to have a solution is through talks with all parties concerned. During the talks it is a must that all parties have to abandon their age old stance and take flexible stance taking into account the “changed world scenario.”

I happened to see this 45 minute documentary about Kashmir made by Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy, an eminent Pakistani Nuclear Physicist and a graduate from MIT. Even though I disagree with him at couple of places in this documentary, this is the best documentary I have seen about Kashmir made by a Pakistani. This documentary takes you through the entire Kashmir issue starting with the partition of India. This documentary narrates the sufferings of both Muslims and Kashimiri Pandits due to this conflict.

In the first part of the video, Dr Pervez talks about the hatred, people of India and Pakistan have for each other. It also talks about how the now “infamous” rigged election of 1987 saw the rise of freedom movement in Kashmir.

In the second part of this documentary, it narrates how Pakistani army turned the unrest among Kashmiri people after the rigged election into its own advantage by sending out fighters to fight a proxy war against India.

Third part talks about how extreme religious venom is injected into the minds of young children in Pakistan in the name of Islam that translates as hatred towards India. This part also has some rare videos of Lord Mountbatten, Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

The fourth part recounts how both countries become a nuclear power and what forced Pakistan to invade Kargil soon after Pakistan became a nuclear state. It also has the interview with Amanullah Khan, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader, who narrates how Pakistan has hijacked the Kashmir freedom movement.

The fifth part of the documentary reminds us of the dangerous world we are living in and also gives some probable solutions to Kashmir issue that may not be acceptable to all parties. One thing I like to disagree in this part of the video is the reference to how minorities are treated in India which is totally false.

Overall a nice documentary and I will give a 7 on 10 for the effort of Dr Prevez Hoodbhoy. Hope there are more people like him in Pakistan who could analyze events in an impartial way.

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