Kashmir ignites a thousand passions. Ever since the British left India in 1947 and communal passions divided the country into two—Pakistan fought three full-blown wars and one half-war in 1947-48, 1965,  1971 and 1999, respectively, in failed attempts to settle the fate of Kashmir by force. In February 1962, in a secret note, Colonel Deewan Singh, defence attaché at the High Commission of India in Kabul wrote to the home government that “Afghanistan was the only country to vote a