To the rebuttal of Dr Nitasha Kaul Presentation before US House Representative sub-committee on Asia, the Pacific and Non-Proliferation on 22nd Oct 2014.

[Today I tweeted about the hopeless presentation made by journalist Aarti Tikoo Singh as follows: How could Aarti call the bluff of Democratic Congress Woman Ilhan Omar?  ………………                          Sample this!

In the late 80s the Taliban were being armed to fight USSR in Afghanistan and a part of war material was diverted to Kashmir to start an insurrection. This resulted in Killing of Kashmiri Pandit community to which I belong. We stand uprooted now. In villages of Kashmir armed men violate privacy of the nearest house to seek food and shelter. This is a case of perpetual violation of the Human Rights. When the committee will finalize its report, my observations should be included. This will serve the cause of humanity and her Rights]

Treaty of Amritsar 1846, brought Kashmir- a dying, debilitated, pugnacious place under the rule of able Dogra King. That changed the luck of Kashmiris. Slowly but steadily, courtesy able administrative acumen of the Dogra Kings, the place improved, progressed till it became so powerful that it challenged the very authority which uplifted the locals from the well of abject poverty.

In 1846, Srinagar city was depopulated. Only 90,000 souls were trying to survive somehow. The first reform cum aid came in the form of state procurement of Shali- the unshelled form of rice & supplying to people at fixed rates. Shali Stores are still functioning even after 173 years of its inception. So, hunger was controlled. This is what New-Delhi rechristened it as Public Distribution System-Socialism post 1947!

Ranbir Singh took over from Gulab Singh in 1856. He started modification of provincial administration. He himself administered Jammu. Kashmir was put under the control of a Governor. In 1860 he abolished tax collection in kind in Jammu Province.

In 1887, High Court was inaugurated. The Ranbir Penal Code was enacted.

In 1885, Maharaja Pratap Singh became the king. Immediately Brits appointed T C Plowden as resident of Kashmir. Maharaja protested but to no avail. This intervention was in clear violation of the solemn promise made by the Queen Empress on her assumption of direct rule over India that whatever treaties and engagements the East India Company had made will be binding. Respect, the rights dignity and honour of the local Princes stand secured.

“Treaties are kept as long as they serve a purpose. Do you think Russia will honour the agreement when it doesn’t suit her? Therefore, before Soviets complete their Navvy Z-Plan, let us attack them!” This was the reply Hitler proffered in the War Room to a query from Field Marshal and C-in-C, Her Von Brauschitsch, when he made the generals privy to the plan.

Maharaja Pratap Singh abolished Begar- unpaid labour, a part of Kashmir culture. Any time people would be called to help in government work without remuneration.

He started and completed Land Settlement through Walter R Lawrence.

Flood control channel was dug to divert flood water of the Jhelum river which saved Srinagar from annual tyranny of floods. He imported silk worms from Italy and France to kick start Silk Industry. Employment opportunities improved. The Forest department was started to harvest wood from jungles which provided employment to people. It also enriched the Treasury.

There were no tar paved roads in Kashmir. He invested in the construction of JV road, besides Banihal Cart road. His contribution to providing free medical care is immense. The hospitals came up. But the greatest contribution he made was in the field of education. The Schools and colleges were already started by him. But in order to improve the standard of their functioning he invited Henry Sharp, the then Director of Education of British government. He accepted all his recommendations, chief among them was imparting religious education in schools. This had a salutary effect on the society. Once Maulvis were appointed their nuisance value was put under check.

This resulted in cultivating acceptability among young students, Hindus and Muslims to accept each other sans religious affiliation. It paved way for much touted Kashmiriyat.  When Gandhi visited Kashmir in the dark days of civil war, he appreciated the culture of tolerance, seeds of which were sowed in 1916.

Sri Pratap Singh also initiated construction of a dam in Harwan area, which was filtered and piped water was made available free of cost.

The Historians of India are so blind that they see nothing but evil in every person who have made contributions towards furthering the cause of humanity.

In 1947, after much delay dallying Maharaja Hari Singh acceded to India under coercion unleashed by Pakistan.

The present misery of Kashmiris is direct result of being ungrateful to past Mercies. Where the invited Miseries will carry the Kashmir society, is a guess anybody can make?