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The issue of whether the region of Kashmir should be an independent state, part of India, or part of Pakistan, has been a source of serious conflict ever since India and Pakistan were partitioned into two different countries in 1947. This paper explains that, when that partition occurred, the two new countries were divided along largely religious lines: Most residents of the new country of India was Hindi, while most residents of the new country of Pakistan were Muslim. The writer points out that Kashmir, however, did not have any one dominant religion that could guide its destiny. The issue of who should govern Kashmir has been a source of contention and three wars since 1947 along with persistent border disputes.
From the Paper:"Some see the recent inclusion of Kashmir leaders in peace talks as one of the events most likely to help stabilize the region (Hardgrave, 1998), as in the past the Kashmiri desires have been ignored except when one side or another has attempted to manipulate them for their own goals. Some, however, believe that it is too soon to be optimistic, that 18 months of peace does not mean the underlying issues have dissipated (Kumar M., 2005). It seems likely that the region's best chance for a lasting peace is to continue to include Kashmiri leaders as active participants in any peace negotiations (Hardgrave, 1998)."
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