Events : International Relations

Book Discussion of "Unravelling the Kashmir Knot" by Dr. Aman M Hingorani

Held on Friday, 19th May, 2017 at 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre had organised the Book Discussion of “Unravelling the KASHMIR KNOT” authored by Dr. Aman M Hingorani, Advocate on Record & Mediator, Supreme Court of India on Friday, 19th May, 2017 at 6.30 PM at its auditorium. Ms. Neena Gopal, Resident Editor, Deccan Chronicle, Bengaluru was in conversation. The event was chaired and moderated by Justice M N Venkatachalaiah, Former Chief Justice of India.

This discussion examined the role that international law can play in helping to resolve the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. Dating from the partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947, the conflict has been driven by Indian bungling, Pakistani intervention and the political expediency of the major powers.

The talk was based on the book, Unravelling the Kashmir Knot, which relies primarily on British archives to show that the Kashmir issue was the end product of Britain’s ruthless policies to satisfy its geo-political, defence and strategic interests in the Indian subcontinent. In this context, it may be noted that the result of the British colonial politics was the creation of modern day India and Pakistan within a constitutional framework contemplated by British statutes - namely, the Indian Independence Act of 1947 and the modified Government of India Act of 1935. While both India and Pakistan accepted these statutes, their stands on the Kashmir issue remain inconsistent with such constitutional law that gave them birth.

The book argues that the way forward on the Kashmir issue is to first depoliticize it. And a convenient way of depoliticizing any issue is by subjecting it to a legal analysis. While Kashmir is certainly a political issue, it is imperative to separate the legal from the political aspect of the issue, so as to test the legality of the stand of India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue before an international adjudicatory body like the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

The audience participated in the Q & A session with much enthusiasm.