Kashmir’s Enthusiasm on Accession Day
The Subcontinent had seen political changes and movements in the early 20th century, notably the fight for independence from British colonial authority. Following the partition, the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, along with other princely states, was given the option of joining either India or Pakistan. In light of this, the All–Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference became a well-known political party promoting the rights and aspirations of Kashmiri Muslims. Under this backdrop and considering the turmoil faced by Muslims of the region, at a meeting of the All–Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference in Srinagar at residence of Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan on July 19, 1947, representatives of the Kashmiris overwhelmingly approved the resolution of Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan. Therefore, the people of Kashmir with full enthusiasm celebrate this Day on July 19, a landmark that represents their ambitions, identity, and resiliency. This day holds special meaning in their hearts. The entire Kashmiri community comes together at this time to remember their common history and to recommit to their cultural heritage. The anniversary of their accession serves as a moving reminder of their journey, their sacrifices, and their undying dedication to justice, freedom, and self-determination.
The day starts off with jubilant gatherings where Kashmiris come together to raise the Pakistani flag, a representation of their unwavering devotion to their country and unflinching spirit. Kashmiris from all walks of life congregate to honour their ancestors’ decision to join Pakistan in 1947, these events foster a sense of pride and solidarity among them. Accession Day is day to recall the desires of Kashmiris to join Pakistan. It also serves as a sharp reminder of the difficulties the Kashmiri people face. The event clarifies the protracted dispute over the area and highlights the pressing need for a fair and peaceful conclusion. It gives the people of Kashmir a platform from which to reaffirm their appeals for worldwide support and attention, pleading with the world to maintain the values of human rights and self-determination for the Kashmiri people.
Given the debate, we conclude that along with serving as a poignant reminder of their goals, resiliency, and steadfast dedication to their identity, Accession Day maintains a special place in the hearts of Kashmiris. People in Kashmir exhibit their ardent patriotism and pay tribute to the sacrifices made by their forefathers throughout the day’s celebratory festivities. A monument to the Kashmiri people’s ongoing fight for justice, freedom, and self-determination is the spirit of cooperation and resolve that permeates the community on this day. The problems that the Kashmiri people endure are not ignored. With a focus on the need for a fair and peaceful resolution to the Kashmir dispute, Accession Day serves as a forum for them to reaffirm their appeals for worldwide support and attention. It is critical to acknowledge the resiliency, aspirations, and steadfast spirit of the Kashmiri people as the world remembers Accession Day with them and supports their fight for justice and freedom in the hope of a peaceful and prosperous future and fulfilment of the promise of right to self-determination.
The writer Esha Maroof is an Intern at YFK- International Kashmir Lobby Group, and a student of International Relation at UAJK.
- Human Right Violations - October 4, 2023
- University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Joins YFK- International Kashmir Lobby Group in Honouring Syed Ali Gilani’s Freedom Leadership - September 7, 2023
- 5th August, A Doom’s Day for the Desolate Kashmiris - August 7, 2023