Who Owns Kashmir

An ingenious example of speech and politics occurred recently in the United Nations Assembly that made the world community smile. A representative from India began:

 ‘Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Rishi(sage) Kashyap of Kashmir, after whom Kashmir is named. When Rishi Kashyap struck a rock and it brought forth water, he thought,’What a good opportunity to have a bath.’ He took off his clothes, put them aside on the rock and  entered the water. When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished. A Pakistani had stolen them.  

 The Pakistani representative jumped up furiously and in support of Pakistan, he shouted, ‘What are you talking about? The Pakistanis weren’t there then.’

The Indian representative smiled and said, ‘And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech saying that Kashmir has been an integral part of India all along.’

A brief history of Kashmir – Way before 1947 

 Legends have it that Rishi Kashyapa, reclaimed the land of the Kashmir valley from a vast lake, known as “Satisar”, after goddess Sati, the consort of Lord Shiva. In ancient times, this land was called “Kashyapamar” (after Kashyapa) that later became Kashmir. The ancient Greeks called it “Kasperia,” and the Chinese pilgrim Hiun-Tsang who visited the valley in the 7th century AD, called it “Kashi -mi -lo.”

Kashmir was always ruled by Hindu’s until 1346, the year of the advent of muslim invaders.The Mughals ruled Kashmir from 1587 to 1752 — a period of peace and order. This was followed by a dark period (1752-1819), when Afghan despots ruled Kashmir. The Muslim period, which lasted for about 500 years, came to an end with the annexation of Kashmir to the Sikh kingdom of Punjab in 1819. The Kashmir region, in its present form, became a part of the Hindu Dogra kingdom at the end of the First Sikh War in 1846, when, by the treaties of Lahore and Amritsar, Maharaja Gulab Singh, the Dogra ruler of Jammu, was made the ruler of Kashmir “to the eastward of the River Indus and westward of the River Ravi.” The Dogra rulers — Maharaja Gulab Singh (1846 to 1857), Maharaja Ranbir Singh (1857 to 1885), Maharaja Pratap Singh (1885 to 1925), and Maharaja Hari Singh (1925 to 1950) — laid the foundations of the modern Jammu & Kashmir state.

– (Source: About.com)

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4 responses to “Who Owns Kashmir

  1. Sarbani Bhaduri

    Kashyap rishi was a very busy guy. First history tells us there was his association with the Caspian sea, then the creation of Kashmir. Kashmir was created by Kashyap rishi from a great lake. In present day India many descendants of Kashyap rishi are alive ( folks who are descendants belong to the Kashyap gotra)..,
    Perhaps we the descendants, and friends of Kashyap should convene and take over the place, since our great great great grandad created the place. I think it really is silly that in current history that anyone thinks they have rights more than others to Kashmir. Hands off people! That includes the Indians and Pakistanis
    Make it a place of love as it was originally intended by our great great great great great g dad!

  2. @ Sarbani Bhaduri : Sarbani Bhaduri – a Bangali I presume… from the same great Bengali race who invited the English to come over, copulate and populate Waste Bengal… we dont need your “love”… you are octroons and better go serve your old masters and fathers

  3. Ambrish Tewari

    Sarbani you are very correct and it has been proven by history that Kashmir was a creation of our Great great grand Sage Rishi Kashyap and we all Kashyap gotra are from this lineage only.
    It is heartening to learn that we the members of this lineage are proud to be of this origin.
    Let us try to make Kashmir a real Heaven on earth as it used to be known for. — Ambrish Tewari,Lucknow.

  4. absurd, needless and time wasting discussion which will create only bad humor and confusion,
    better it should be stopped if good sense prevailed.
    A.K.Gurtu, a kashmiri whose forefathers had to leave kashmir at the time of king Aurangzeb to save honour and life. Later ninth Sikh guru laid his life for us. Shishganj gurudwara of Delhi is testimony of it.

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