SRINAGAR: M Y Ganai, a professor at Kashmir University’s history department delivered a lecture at Punjabi University, Patiala on the occasion of 48th session of Punjab History Conference.
Prof Ganai, as per statement issued here, spoke about different voices of British Punjab that championed the cause of Kashmiris by providing moral, material and intellectual support to the Kashmir freedom struggle, especially from 1931 to 1939.
“He argued that long before the emergence of organised freedom movement in Kashmir in 1930s, the Punjab society especially the Muslim elite had launched a sustained campaign to highlight the plight of common Kashmiris,” the statement said.
Drawing comparisons between British Punjab and the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, Prof Ganai said, “If Punjab was like a prison under the British rule, Kashmir was one of its dark cells.”
He also emphasised on going through the history of a region in the context of its immediate neighbourhood.