Quit Kashmir speech of Sheikh
May, 26, 1946
Legal Document No 100
The tyranny of the Dogras has lacerated our souls. The Kashmiris are
the most handsome people, yet the most wretched looking. It is time for
action. To end your poverty, you must fight slavery and enter the field
of Jehad as soldiers. The fight slogan of our struggle is not only for
our State but for the whole of India. India is fighting against Imperialism.
The slogan was given on the banks of River Ravi ... Then came the slogan
of 'Quit India.' The British gained hold of India by the force of arms
and by treachery.
The rulers of the Indian States who possess one-fourth of India, have
always played traitors to the cause of Indian freedom. The demand that
the Princely Order should quit is a logical extension of the policy of
'Quit India.' When the Indian freedom movement demands the complete withdrawal
of British power, logically enough the stooges of British Imperialism also
should go and restore sovereignty to its real owners - the people. When
we raise the slogan of 'Quit Kashmir,' we naturally visualise that the
Princes and Swabs should quit all the States. I am sure this demand applies
similarly to a State like Hyderabad where the people will, I am sure, raise
their voice, 'Quit Hyderabad.'
Those Hindus who think along with Mr. R.C. Kak that the Dogra rule should
remain, should never forget that we are treated in Kashmir as a bought-up
race without distinction of religion.
Handcuffs jingle. They do not make us afraid. God will dive us faith
in victory. The voice of truth will prevail. Prophets have spoken for the
truth, which has always triumphed finally.
Sovereignty is not the birthright of a ruler. Every man, woman and child
will shout 'Quit Kashmir'. The Kashmiri nation has expressed its will.
I ask for a plebiscite on this question.