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NEW DELHI(PTI): Kashmir is an inalienable part of India because it is Muslim and giving it up will amount to surrendering the right of Muslims, BJP MP and veteran journalist M J Akbar said on Saturday.
“We had already surrendered in the two-nation theory (partition). We can’t be permanently subject to it,” he said delivering R N Kao memorial lecture on “The Romance of Regression: Caliphate Versus Modernity” against the backdrop of rising global threat of terror outfit Islamic State.
The annual lecture commemorates the memory of Ram Nath Kao, the founder of India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Akbar said the conflict between India and Pakistan has now become, without anyone quite realising it, the longest continual war in history.
“What is the conflict about? This is not about geography, but about ideology. Kashmir is an inalienable part of India precisely because it is Muslim, for the Indian Constitution does not discriminate on the basis of religion,” he said.
Akbar said surrendering Kashmir would be surrendering my right as Indian Muslim. Raising a question whether India is condemned to a 1,000 year of war as late Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had promised, the eminent author said “we might, just now, be witnessing the consequences of the altered situation.
“There are Pakistanis who are beginning to appreciate the meaning of a ‘near enemy’, unrecognised that they are it. A common enemy is the best reason for creating a common front, although I would always add that the past shows that any engagement with Pakistan is a walk on egg shells”.
On the emerging threat of Islamic State (Daesh), Akbar said, “where modernity has failed, or failed to reach, the vacuum is being increasingly filled by the romance of regression”.
“Every soldier is a suicide missionary; and those who choose life on the battle field face punishment, including death, on return. A suicide missionary is fearless; how do you frighten a man who is not afraid of death?,” he said.