By Victoria Schofield
How has the valley of Kashmir, famed for its good looks and calmness, turn into the focal point of a dispute with the possibility of nuclear clash? How does the Kashmir separatist flow problem the integrity of the Indian kingdom and threaten the soundness of a quarter of super strategic importance?В As Pakistan and India sq. up for what may well develop into an important local clash, Victoria SchofieldвЂ™s publication examines the Kashmir query, from the interval while the valley used to be an self sufficient nation to its present prestige as a battleground for 2 of the worldвЂ™s most recent nuclear powers: India and Pakistan. Schofield lines the origins of the clash within the nineteenth century and explains the problems that divide India and Pakistan, assessesing the army positions of either states as their troops mass alongside the border.
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Hindu shops were broken into and looted. The government retaliated with further arrests. 37 Under pressure from the British resident, Hari Singh appointed a commission, headed by Sir Bertrand Glancy, a senior officer in the political department of the Government of India, to inquire into the complaints of the people. In April Glancy presented his report which recommended reforms for the development of education, the appointment of government servants and the establishment of industries to create employment opportunities.
They have shown that our quarrel is their quarrel . . ’28 Throughout the war, Pratap Singh placed all the forces of the state of Jammu and Kashmir at the disposal of the British. Contingents of Kashmiri forces fought in East Africa, Egypt, Mesopotamia and France. They also took part in operations which led to the defeat of the Turks in Palestine. While the Indians fought on behalf of the British Empire overseas, within British India, the Indian politicians were exerting pressure to increase the pace of change.
64 The transfer of power by the British to the new Dominions of Pakistan and India on ‒ August brought no respite to the troubled situation which the maharaja now faced as an independent ruler. Unrest in Poonch had turned into an organised revolt against the Dogras, which was reminiscent of the rebellion led by Shams-ud Din, governor of Poonch, in . Amongst the activists was Sardar Abdul Qayum Khan, a landowner from Rawalakot: Unlike many other people who believed that the partition plan would be implemented with all sincerity of purpose, I thought that perhaps India would like to obtain Kashmir and that is why the armed revolt took place.