KO-Archives-April,3,2005: Did Maharaja Cede Kashmir To US?

SRINAGAR — Are India and Pakistan engaged in a futile tussle over Kashmir, when in reality neither of them has any claim over the state? And, is the far-fetched theorising that it i is the U.S. that is shaping developments in the subcontinent to claim what it regards as its own correct after all?

These and other questions come tumbling, one after another, because of the startling revelation made by Dan Brown, the interna­tionally best-selling Author of the The Da Vinci Code, in a shortly to be released non-fictional work, The Secret of the K-word.

The author says that in this book lie has revealed “one of the best-hidden secrets of (lie ‘ modern world” and acknowledges that his book would “create a global furore” and open many cans of worms.” A report published in the Times of India said that using spectroscopic analysis (a technique described in detail in The Da Vinci Code1 the au­thor claims to have discovered the original document over which the Instrument of Accession,signed by Kashmir Maharaja Had Singh and preserved in the National Archives. New Delhi was later superimposed.

The secret document reveals that Hari Singh, equally ap­prehensive of joining either India or Pakistan, covertly ceded Kashmir to the US. According to Brown, when the map of Kash­mir is reversed it becomes, uncannily, congruent with the hilly state of Kentucky in the southern US. In a telephonic interview with the Times of India, the Houston-based author said… he had employed the ancient Kabbalistic form of numerological interpretation to discover “amazing co-relatives between Kash­mir and Kentucky which by no stretch of the imagination can be put down to pure coincidence”.

For instance, when the longitude of Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky, is divided by the latitude of Srinagar, the Kashmiri capital, the prime number so obtained has the same numeric valency as Article 170 of the Indian Constitution which accords a special Status to Kashmir Describing it as “one of the best-hidden secrets of the modern world”. Brown acknowledged that his book would “create a global furore” and “open many cans of worms”. Disclaiming that America’s Central Intelligence Agency had any role in these developments, the author said, “The truth can no longer be suppressed. We owe this much at least to the long-suffering people of Kashmir. May the truth set them free, at long last?”

(Kashmir Observer, 03 April, 2005)

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