Indias Independence Day in Held Kashmir on Monday was not marked by any eruption such as the one last year, when a policeman flung a shoe at puppet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. This time around the occupation forces, faced with a total strike in the Valley called by Kashmiri leaders and fearing public protests, asked the mobile phone service and Internet service providers to shut down their services, which they promptly did. Though the occupation forces saw fit to shut down the Valley, they kept the Working Boundary alive by engaging in unprovoked firing on villages in Sialkot sector the same day. Yet while the Indian forces in Kashmir were engaged in this celebration of Independence Day, the BSF at Wahga gave sweets to Pakistani Rangers, who had given sweets on Sunday to celebrate Pakistans Independence Day. This display of bonhomie was not reflected in Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs address to the nation on the occasion, who chose this as his first speech since 2004 not to mention either the disturbances in Kashmir, or relations with Pakistan. It appears almost as if India is as satisfied as the USA, with which it is in cahoots, that Pakistan has accepted Indian hegemony, and will not raise the issue with any vigour. This would reflect a failure of Pakistani foreign policy, which should rest four-square upon India obeying the solemn commitment it had itself made to the international community in the shape of the UN, to allow the Kashmiri people to exercise their inherent right of self-determination in a UN-supervised plebiscite. The adamant refusal of the Kashmiri people to celebrate either Independence Day, or Republic Day, should convince the Indian occupiers that they are not wanted there, because the Kashmiri people want to determine their own fate. However, the Indian motive of holding on to Kashmir does not seem to have gone down. Originally to do with the Nehruvian desire to hold on to their ancestral homeland, with the dynasty entering the fourth generation, and with Dr Singh a sort of placeholder until a family member is both willing and old enough to hold his office, it appears the Indian establishment continues to have the same motives. And it is refusing to bow to the inevitable and accept the reality of the situation, which is that the Kashmiri people are resisting at the cost of their lives.