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From Shashtri to Sharma, how Central govts have tried to bring peace to Kashmir

DNDEL11573 | 11/12/2017 | Author : Iftikhar Gilani | WC :914

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had believed that there was not much resistance and opposition in the streets to the dismissal of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah from the prime ministership of J&K in August 1953. Nehru had assumed that Kashmir had returned to normal and the general public had compromised with the status quo. But when Prophet’s holy relic was stolen from Srinagar’s Hazratbal shrine in the intervening night of December 26 and 27 in 1963, the news spread like wildfire and consumed Kashmir’s streets, sparking large-scale arson and violence. In the words of veteran journalist late Sanaullah Bhat, a volcano had erupted, which had been held back under pressure. India’s former envoy in Pakistan TCA Raghavan
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