From Ranjit Singh's Lahore to British India to India & Pakistan's Kartaarpur. Confederacies to centralised suzerainty to nation states constantly at war. So we began each of the last 3 centuries in the region below Jammu and Kashmir.
I'm also exploring the terms thesis, anti-thesis and synthesis, first quoted in the context of Indo-Pak relations at a discussion in Islamabad between an Indian diplomat, a Pakistani journalist (who had technically also inherited state subject status) and me in 2010.
The following 3 features have dominated governance in the region since the power transfer from the departing British Empire in 1947:
1) Religious identity
2) Majoritarian rule
3) Jingoistic nationalism
On a historical note, this wonderful programme by the BBC explaining: Why Switzerland exists is packed with invaluable information for the aspiring citizens of an aspiring soverereign Jammu & Kashmir,
For the historical record:
A few days after crossing over to Azad Kashmir, Maqbool Bhat, Mir Ahmed and Ghulam Yasin were taken to the Black Fort (Muzaffarabad) and handed over to the 611 Field Investigation Unit. Here, Maqbool and his friends spent 3 more months under torture. pic.twitter.com/l7ubM0EOMJ— Maqbool Reborn (@MaqboolReborn) December 4, 2018