73rd Remembrance Day of Pakistan`s brutal invasion of Jammu & Kashmir on 22 October 1947 and to observe this day as “Black Day”.
A webinar was organized by Indian Community in Oslo, Norway on 25 October 2020 from 1400hrs. to mark the 73rd Remembrance Day of Pakistan`s brutal invasion of Jammu & Kashmir on 22 October 1947 and to observe this day as “Black Day”.
During the webinar people from Indian community expressed their view on the subject. They accepted that this part of the history was removed in a planned way and not many people are aware of this tragic incident.
One of the speakers explained in details about the background of the incident. He said that – Once the US President Mr.Roovelt quotes “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” This is an opportunity to recap the history of the great princely state of Jammu & Kashmir. Before our independence, the British Crown made Standstill agreement to protect the interests of princely states. Our neighbouring Pakistan had entered into a Standstill Agreement with the Maharaja of Kashmir on August 12, 1947.
At the beginning of September 1947, Major General Akbar Khan was asked by leaders of the Muslim League to prepare a plan to take over Kashmir. Then operation Gulmag has started with inflating tribal into Kashmir with the complete support of the neighbouring army. The entire operation was described by Major General Akbar Khan in his book “Raiders in Kashmir“.
On October 22, 1947, Pakistan unilaterally broke the Agreement and launched an invasion to forcibly capture Jammu and Kashmir using tribal raiders. In the process, many people were killed and women were raped. For the past 70 years, the refugees of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir marked this as a black day in Kashmiri history and pay their respects to the people who have sacrificed their lives. For the past couple of years, the untold story is coming into mainstream media.
Even the European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), a think-tank, has said the intervening night of October 21-22, 1947, was the darkest day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. On October 26 (1947), the Pakistani forces captured Baramula where only 3,000 survived out of 14,000. The troops were now only 35 miles from Srinagar.
Then Maharaja (Hari Singh) was shaken and asked for help. Then Governor-General Mountbatten advised then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to get all the legal requirements done before sending the troops to Jammu and Kashmir. With that incident, India has rescued ¾ of Jammu & Kashmir from Tribal raids. On the other side, Pakistan marked October 27th as a black day for Jammu & Kashmir. We must not forget the sacrifices made by the people of Kashmir in the fight against the tribal groups.
During the webinar it was decided to continue the observance of 22nd October as BLACK DAY every year by the Indian community that too in large scale as this year it was not possible due to covid19 pandemic. During the webinar two videos were also played.