when Scotland wins freedom Can Kashmir be far away?

                A nation determined to free herself from the shackles of slavery cannot reconcile to subjugation howsoever polished it may have the glitter of law-making capability and autonomous character. The first and last bastion of occupation is the army. Till a population is tethered to the tanks and armed vehicle of a power-drunk country, even empowerment go the kind of a “parliament” or having its own currency cannot rub it off from the black stains of slavery. The footprints of a soldier are negation of sovereignty. It is a reminder that interpreting the lot to the demands and comforts of aggressor exclusively wrest in him.

                Some months ago, Omar Abdullah, the errand of New Delhi, has suggested that devolution of power on Scotland pattern, where a Scottishparliament was given powers to make laws on range of issues, can inspire a future settlement of Kashmir. He said this system does not threaten sovereignty of the British and so cannot threaten Indian sovereignty.

                Hardly a month or two has passed since Omar advocated his formula that Scottish people have walked ahead of the devolution to shape their own destiny themselves. On September 18, 2014 they are going to votein a historic referendum to end 306-year union with United Kingdom. On this day Scotts will be asked the yesno question: “should Scotland be independent country?”

                It is in place to mention that Scotland was united with England in 1707, laying the foundation for today’s UK. The decision to hold a referendum was made after negotiations with a string pro-independence government that has been in power in Scotland since 2007.

                First minister Alex Salmond at the launch of the 670-page ‘whitepaper’ in Glasgow said: ‘Independence will put the people of Scotland in charge of our own destiny. Scotland’s future is now in Scotland’s hands. We’d become independent in more promising circumstances than virtually any other nation in history’. The document set out detailed plans for currency, taxation and a range of other issues facing an independent country. ‘This is the most comprehensive blueprint for an independent country ever published, not just for Scotland but for any prospective independent nation’, Salmond, the head of Scottish National party said. Optimistic of his country’s all-round development, Salmond said: ‘Independence would allow Scotland to harness its vast potential as a country’. Urging his fellow countrymen to pool all their efforts in to build their nation in a glorified manner, Salmond said: ‘Ultimately at the heart this debate there is only one question-do we the people who live and work in Scotland believe that we are the best people to take the big decisions about our future’?

                How one wish our ruling class and opposition – National Conference and PDP – betray the same sincerity and honesty as exhibited by Mr. Salmond. Our march to independence, despite the colossal sufferings on our part in life, limb, property and honor is hampered because of these power-lust political groups. They provide political face to the plain military bandobast put in place by Delhi and concealed in democratic robes. However, one thing is crystal clear, nothing can dampen the resolve of as nation that has risen to break the chains of slavery. Over three hundred years Scotland remained in the bind of Great Britain but the flame of Azadi never got extinguished. It kept smouldering. And finally British has to cave in. though Scotland agreed to retain the British monarch and the pound (currency of Britain) but that has just symbolic importance. What is all important is Scotland would have its own defence force.

                Creation of a new Independent country ons the map of free nations is encouraging. India and its henchmen in Kashmir should read the writing on the wall. It should give up its illegitimate claim on Kashmir. It cannot enslave a nation that is up against its forcible occupation right from the day its troops landed in Srinagar on 27 October, 1947. Merely calling Kashmir its “Taaj” (crown) and repeating rhetoric of ‘integral part’ cannot make Kashmir part of India. Just as Great Britain could not claim the Scotts on the basis of union of Scotland with Britain. Freedom is inalienable right of a nation. Aggressor has only one duty, to evacuate its aggression. Same emphasized and demanded by United Nations through its various resolutions.