Kashmir: South Asia's Palestine?

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The former Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir, is seen by many as
South Asia's Palestinian counterpart. Bordered by Pakistan, India,
China and Afghanistan, each country has laid claim to the territory
that lies in the foothills of the Himalayas. It has been caught
between continuous contestation of borders and autonomy since the
partition of British India. With India unwilling to acknowledge the
demands of the people for freedom, and therefore avoiding debate on
resolution, Kashmir's future looks like it will remain in limbo for
years to come. But with the recent Jan Lokpal protests and the Arab
Spring, will India take note and give the people of Kashmir the
right to self autonomy? Or will it continue to arm itself with
Israeli weapons and training in the name of counter-terrorism? The
Jan Lokpal protests were carried out in support of social activist
Anna Hazare and his continuing pressure on the Indian government to
push forward an anti corruption bill that would see the
establishment and enforcement of legislation against endemic
corruption. Recently discovered unmarked graves of over 2000
bodies, of insurgents and local Kashmiris, have brought to the
surface the horrific extent of the conflict that has left thousands
of women widowed and subsequently abandoned by the Indian state
with no knowledge of the fate of their husbands. An often forgotten
and unreported conflict, in the name of diplomacy, Kashmir is
slowly voicing itself onto the international agenda. But will
Western powers support Kasmiri freedom, or will Indian diplomatic
relations be put first? Join us at the Frontline Club with an
expert panel to discuss where Kashmir stands in its fight for
freedom and the options that lay before it. Chaired by Victoria
Schofield, journalist and author of Kashmir in Conflict. She is an
independent analyst and commentator on the Kashmir conflict for
news agencies such as BBC World, Al Jazeera, CBS and CBC. She was
also an independent rapporteur for the

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