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The Kashmiri people face long odds in their struggle for self-determination.

Kashmir has long been at the center of a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan. Since 1947, the region has been under Indian authority. Since then, Kashmiris have fought for their right to self-determination and independence.

The conflict over Kashmir has its origins in the region’s historical and political environment. Kashmir was divided between India and Pakistan as a result of India’s split in 1947. This partition, however, was not peaceful, and the two countries have been in conflict for regional authority ever since. The conflict has resulted in three wars and skirmishes, the most recent being over the decision of the Indian government to revoke Kashmir’s special status.

Kashmir’s struggle for self-determination and independence has lasted for decades. Kashmiris have been in the vanguard of this battle, advocating for their rights and opposing Indian authority via peaceful protests and acts of resistance. Despite the difficulties they have experienced, the Kashmiri people have stayed persistent in their goal of independence and justice.

The Kashmiri people’s resistance to Indian control demonstrates their tenacity, power, and resolve. Despite significant obstacles, they continue to struggle for their rights, demonstrating that they are unwilling to give up on their ultimate goal of self-determination.

Kashmiris have been fighting Indian authority in a variety of ways, including peaceful marches, civil disobedience, and armed resistance. Peaceful protests have been a regular form of resistance, with Kashmiris going out onto the streets to oppose the Indian government’s policies over Kashmir.

Civil society and human rights groups have played an important part in the struggle for self-determination. These groups have been critical in recording human rights violations, campaigning for Kashmiri people’s rights, and offering support and help to individuals impacted by the struggle.

In their battle against Indian governance, the Kashmiri people have faced several hurdles. To crush any opposition, the Indian government has utilized military force and enforced curfews, restricting the Kashmiri people’s capacity to freely express themselves and engage in peaceful political protest.

Furthermore, the Kashmiri people have endured economic and social difficulties, such as unemployment, poverty, and a lack of access to healthcare and education. Despite these obstacles, the Kashmiri people have maintained their resistance to Indian rule, exhibiting their enduring spirit and desire to protect their land and their rights.

In several documented cases, Indian soldiers have committed human rights abuses in Kashmir throughout their draconian military rule. Extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and incarceration, and widespread use of torture are all regular occurrences.

The international community must play a critical role in resolving the situation in Kashmir. The international community must hold the Indian government accountable for its actions and campaign for Kashmiris’ rights and freedoms. Furthermore, the international community can play a role in finding a political settlement. Nonetheless, despite demands from the Kashmiri people and human rights organizations, the international community has mostly failed to take effective action to improve the situation in Kashmir.

The international community must demonstrate empathy and support for the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination. The Kashmiri people can only expect to accomplish their aim of independence and self-determination through collective action.

Muhammad Wasama Khalid is a Correspondent and Researcher at Global Affairs. He is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in International Relations at National Defense University. His interests include history, politics, and current affairs. He has been published in Global Village Space, Global Defense Insight, Global Affairs, and Modern Diplomacy.