Decades have passed and Kashmir still remains a bone of contention between India and Pakistan. Or, one can argue the conflict is between India and the people of Kahsmir. Unfortunately, it is more than a question of two major powers since divisions within the state of Kashmir have caused Hindus and Muslims to continually have conflict. During the past few weeks, Indian occupation forces have engaged in conflict with demonstrators which resulted in the death of several teen agers. Earlier this month, a seventeen year old died when hit by a tear gas shell. Over the weekend, more teenagers died as people marched in the streets shouting “we want freedom.”
The Kashmir dispute requires compromise and trust. It is time for Indian troops to leave, but they cannot go until assured the Hindus in Kashmir and their religious places of worship are protected. Is there a role for UN forces in this dispute?