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By Shahnaz Bashir When Muslims from Punjab in 1930’s had begun to shape public opinion in Kashmiri Muslims under “Kashmir Committee” (the name hijacked by some members of Indian National Congress a few years ago to initiate a diplomatic intervention in Kashmir) shrewd ministers of Maharaja Hari Singh organized a tour of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (real name Mohiuddin Ahmad) and Tej Bahadur Sapru into the valley. The duo tried to dissuade Muslims of Kashmir from their struggle. They, like the current interlocutors, campaigned throughout Kashmir and asked people to cooperate with the Maharaja’s government. This resulted in pacifying some

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By Saima Bhat It was a speech and what followed it that made him a hero of the 1931 uprising in Kashmir. His identity, however, still remains a mystery. Abdul Qadeer Khan left the political scene of Kashmir as dramatically as he entered it.  His speech against the Dogra rule in the state at Khanqah-i-Moulla shrine, asking people to revolt against the cruel policies of the Maharaja, gave a vent to the perpetual yet dormant anger among the civilians who suffered under different autocratic rules of Sikhs, Afghans and then the Dogras. Although much has been written about Khan by

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By Hilal Ahmad The roots of July 13, 1931 mutiny against occupation can be found in the restive Kashmiri psyche that has been reeling under the shackles of oppression for centuries and needed a trigger to erupt. Ironically, one of the triggers was an expose of Sir Albion Banerji, a Bengali Brahman who was a senior minister of Maharaja’s executive council. Explaining the reasons of his resignation before the media, he exposed the sectarian and autocratic character of the Dogra rule. His statement was published in English Press on March 16, 1929 creating a furore. The fearless criticism of Dogra

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