The Indian occupation authorities have planned to murder the Kashmiri leadership, and according to a report in the Daily Excelsior, a Jammu newspaper, the plan is to silence the leadership of 300 organisations, to avert them committing acts of protest during the coming state elections, due by the end of next year. This shows both the absence of scruples of the Indian occupation authorities, as well as their desperation to avoid dissension, not to mention their conviction that if they do not act, the organisations will disrupt the polls. This should convince them, if nothing else does, that the Indian attempt to hang on to the Held Valley, by the application of the force of its occupying troops has failed. The Indian occupiers could end this bloodshed by allowing the Kashmiri people what it has denied them, and what they have been fighting for all these decades: their right of self-determination. The irony is that India conceded as much to the international community, when agreeing to a UN-supervised plebiscite.The steely determination of generations of Kashmiris has shown that they will not be intimidated by Indian high handedness. Taking notes from the best in violent intimidation, India appears to have been inspired by the Israeli strategy in wiping out the Palestinian leadership in the hopes of crushing the intifada. Both states will come to know that repressing a population will not encourage any acceptance of their respective illegal occupations, but will instead feed the hunger to continue the fight. Just as the Palestinian people have not ceased their independence struggle, the Kashmiris will not give the Indians that satisfaction either.India originally occupied Jammu and Kashmir State to slake the irrational wish of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to rule over his ancestral homeland. While his Congress Party does lead the ruling coalition, that incentive is no longer there. India has only one way out of the situation: fulfilling its own commitments to the international community. This would have the added advantage of allowing it to demonstrate to all that it is willing to be a good neighbour, and ready to solve its disputes with its neighbours. This is an essential requirement if it is to achieve its ambition of becoming a world power. Pakistan would welcome such a development, for it would allow the solving of a dispute with India which involves an issue over which it has fought three wars with India, and over which it stands committed to extend moral and diplomatic support.