There is no dearth of ignorant pseudo-scholars in India who, in order to survive and to earn name and fame, always try hard to remain in controversy. Because it is the only source that can help them in proving themselves a scholar. Such scholars go to the extent of speaking against the unity, fraternity and security of their own country without understanding the seriousness of the topic picked by them to earn their livelihood. Often I doubt their intentions and source of their earning. It may also be possible that they are paid by anti-national powers to do so.
Recently, I came through an article written by one such controversial author. I shall not take her name since such authors are in plethora in our country. The author said “Kashmir was never an integral part of India”.
I agree because there was never a country named India prior to British rule on the land named as Aryavrat, Hindustan or Bhaarat and Kashmir had been always an intgral part of Bhaarat. However, while talking about this issue and discussing history of Kashmir, I’ll call our country only “India”. Our nation was named India by British and after Independence, it got it’s name India forever.
Now, let us talk a little about our country. Our country had always been under the rule of numerous kings. However, it was always recognized as one nation by foreigners because of the unity in diversity of its culture. All the states and provinces of this land have always been connected with an invisible thread of culture and civilization. This Civilization existed in a particular area since Vedic times and on this basis British had tried to draw a border line and create a country named India. However, Hindustan or Bhaarat had always existed. Now, when you go to Emperor Ashok’s time, you can surely easily understand what I mean to say. Punjab, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnatka – or I say each and every state that joined India after Independence on the same basis of unity. Now let us talk about Kashmir.
The entire geography that is known as Kashmir and must be part of United States of India/Bhaarat–
Kashmir-an integral part of India- is the northern most geographical region of South Asia. It includes the Indian-administered territory of Jammu and Kashmir (subdivided into Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh divisions), Pakistani-administered territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, and Chinese-administered territories of Aksai Chin and the Trans-Karakoram Tract
Facts about history of Kashmir-
- The Sanskrit word for Kashmir was कश्मीर (káśmīra). The Nilamata Purana describes the Valley’s origin from the waters, a lake called Sati-saras. A popular local etymology of Kashmira is that it is land desiccated from water.
- During ancient and medieval period, Kashmir has been an important centre for the development of a Hindu-Buddhist syncretism, in which Madhyamaka and Yogacara were blended with Saivism and Advaita Vedanta.
- Buddhist Mauryan emperor Ashoka is often credited with having founded the old capital of Kashmir, Shrinagari, now ruins on the outskirts of modern Srinagar. Kashmir was long to be a stronghold of Buddhism. (This particular point here proves that Kashmir was always an integral part of India).
- Karkota Empire (625 CE – 885 CE) was a powerful Hindu empire, which originated in the region of Kashmir. It was founded by Durlabhvardhana during the lifetime of Harshavardhan. The dynasty marked the rise of Kashmir as a power in South Asia. Avanti Varman ascended the throne of Kashmir on 855 A.D., establishing the Utpala dynasty and ending the rule of Karkota dynasty.
- Abhinavagupta (c. 950–1020 CE) was one of India’s greatest philosophers, mystics and aestheticians. He was also considered an important musician, poet, dramatist, exeget, theologian, and logician– a polymathic personality who exercised strong influences on Indian culture.
- Shams-ud-Din Shah Mir (reigned 1339–42) was a ruler of Kashmir and the founder of the Shah Miri dynasty named after him. He was the first Muslim ruler of Kashmir and founder of the Shah Mir Dynasty. Kashmiri historian Jonaraja, in his Dvitīyā Rājataraṅginī mentioned Shah Mir was from Swat, and his ancestors were Kshatriya, who converted to Islam.
- In 1819, the Kashmir valley passed from the control of the Durrani Empire of Afghanistan, and four centuries of Muslim rule under the Mughals and the Afghans, to the conquering armies of the Sikhs under Ranjit Singh of the Punjab.
Hence, it is clearly proved that Kashmir has always been an important and integral part of India. But to understand and accept this fact, one must have a great sense of history and value of traditions, culture and civilization. It can not be viewed by pseudo scholars with a mindset of earning name and fame any way. Whenever, we talk about history of any Indian province and call it part of our nation, we always must keep in mind that in ancient or medieval times, most of Indian states were ruled by different kings. Still these rulers always believed in the theory of one nation that existed from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. If your read Chanakya, you will come to know that he had suggested a map for a nation named as Aryavrat or Bharat and all the territories which were included in this map were important for the security and unity of this nation.
Kashmir has always played an important rule in our mythology and religion. There were and are numerous ancient temples built by Hindu kings which show that it has always been considered as an integral part of India. Several mythological and religious stories of our civilization took place in Kashmir.
Kashmir is important for India because of security reasons as well. From strategic point of view, the mountains of Kashmir act as natural barriers to any invading army. Keeping control of those peaks is crucial to India’s national safety on a whole.
If India allows Kashmir to be a free nation, it would be like a death sentence to our brothers living in Kashmir. Because we all know that extremist Pakistan and China have their eyes on Kashmir and they both will ruin this state. However, the separatists about whom we talk a lot are none but paid workers of Pakistan. If India leaves Kashmir, it will be a wrong decision for India from political and security point of view.
It must also be understood that if one has earned some sort of fame and is a celebrated author or person and that person makes such stupid statement, it will surely go against India because numerous readers can consider it true. Such statements will also help terrorists and separatists to prove their point and incite hatred in public.
Thus I think that ignorant and dull witted author actually tried to help such separatists and did an anti-Indian act.
Sources: (Wikipedia, Rajtarangini and other History books)