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Victoria Schofield

Victoria Schofield is a historian and commentator on international affairs, with specialist knowledge of South Asia. Her books include Kashmir in Conflict: India, Pakistan and the Unending War and Afghan Frontier: at the Crossroads of Conflict. She is a frequent contributor to BBC World TV, BBV World Service and other news outlets. She has also written for the Sunday Telegraph, The Times, Independent, Asian Affairs and The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs. She read Modern History at the University of Oxford and was President of the Oxford Union in 1977. In 2004-05 she was the Visiting Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford.

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Speaking at the Kashmir Peace Conference 2015, held in New York on 7 December, human rights activist, Khurram Parvez, convenor of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society,  focused on the context in which human rights abuses in the state of Jammu and Kashmir were perceived. ‘You cannot understand human rights if you don’t understand the context. Human rights abuses are taking place all around the world, in many places, including in India,’ he stated. ‘But the difference is these are happening because of aberrations, deficiencies in governance, and because people transgress the law. What is happening in Kashmir is

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It is impossible to discuss the dispute between India and Pakistan over the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, without mentioning ‘the plebiscite’: the pledge made by both leaders of recently independent India and Pakistan – Prime Minister Jawaharhal Nehru and Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah – to hold a plebiscite to confirm (or reject) Maharajah Hari Singh’s accession to India in October 1947. Given the hurried nature of the accession, carried out in the face of mounting unrest in the state and a tribal invasion from neighbouring Pakistan, it was Mountbatten – in his capacity as Governor-General of India

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The then Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru addressing a rally in Lal Chowk, Srinagar in November 1947. Photograph by The Hindu. I spoke again about Kashmir the other day at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, in London. I have lost count how many times I have spoken about Kashmir. I am not Kashmiri but for over thirty years I have been involved in trying to understand the complexities of an issue which affects the lives of all the inhabitants of the once Princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and the region. My audience was the