Recent events have once again generated some curiosity and interest in the issue of Jammu & Kashmir. Basic facts pertaining to this issue are well established. However, there has been a concerted dis-information campaign that presents a distorted historical account of the developments that led to the irrevocable accession of the state of Jammu & Kashmir to India; the subsequent wars inflicted by Pakistan on India. The involvement of Pakistan in fomenting insurgency and terrorism in the border states of India, especially Jammu & Kashmir, has been well documented and accepted by all impartial observers. While the current violence and disturbances instigated and abetted by Pakistan in the Kashmir Valley, which are there for all to see, the historical perspective needs to be put in the correct, factual light. With this background, the paper tries to focus the factual background of the issue of Jammu & Kashmir and to provide the scrupulous options which will be acceptable to all the parties.
India, Pakistan, International Relations, Terrorism, Kashmir