Crazy Quilt's peace globe from the November 2007 BlogBlast. Her name is Julia Scissor and she lives in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. She says she's a "dreamer and an incurable romantic." I believe her. She's been blogging for peace since the first BlogBlast in 2006 along with my friend, Prometheus and Crazy King Of Clowns from New Delhi. Those three taught me a lot about their part of the world. I wish we had a peace globe from Pakistan!
They would look so nice together. Don't ya think?
WHERE? Kashmir is the northernmost state of India. In 1947, Britain gave up its control of the area and the countries of India and Pakistan were created. Kashmir is not part of either country, but the state is divided into Indian and Pakistan controlled regions by a "line of control."
Three wars have been fought over already between India and Pakistan over Kashmir: 1947, 1965, and 1999. Widespread armed insurgency began in 1989 which continues to this day. Since 1947, both India and Pakistan have staked their claim to the region of Kashmir. The reasons behind the dispute are many, with complicated divides and interpretations of how the conflict escalated. One thing that is not disputed is the issue of water. Kashmir is the central origin for many rivers and tributaries flowing into Pakistan and India. Neither side believes that the other would refrain from withholding the precious commodity for political and/or economic gain.
*** In December 2006, Pakistani President Musharraf stated that his country would relinquish its claim on Kashmir if India accepted some of his peace proposals, which included a phased withdrawal of troops.
It is interesting to note that the 2005 Kashmir earthquake which killed over 80,000 people, was responsible for India and Pakistan finalizing peace negotiations, as a road for disaster relief was needed through Kashmir. Left pic: relief efforts by Pakistani troops
As of March 2008, the battle for territorial rule in the region of Kashmir carries on.
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