It was after the earthquake in Kashmir. There is nothing romantic because the background of the story is this: many Kashmir's had lost their farms and due to destroyed road, they could not live up in the mountains but have had to live in camps in the town of Musharscharif. Their they needed to sell their livelihoods and cattle in order to survive. After the winter was over, they could not return to the ruins of their farms to rebuilt them, - they don't have land registration in place and the rule is: who is not living for over 6 month on his land, is loosing this right....
and is often not beneficial for anyone involved...
Of course it is right to be cautious about breaking up countries, but when a region is a recognisable cultural, ethnic or linguistic entity, outright refusal to allow a vote is just stupid.But then Spain has other restless regions: if Catalonia goes, the Basque Country and Galicia would be next to demand independence, with other words Catalan independence would thus pose a serious risk to Spain’s very existence.
Catalonia can not compared with Scotland and the Spanish government under Mariano Rajoy is not pragmatic: Instead allowing the Catalan's to vote for or against independence, the Central Government in Madrid bluntly refused any referendum and even declared it illegal because under the 1978 constitution no referendum can be held at all.
With this short sightedness the guys in Madrid was helping the separatists: until late summer 2014 polls suggested that fewer than half of Catalan's wanted independence, but a huge majority believed they should have the right to choose. Now Catalan nationalism is more of a danger. It has already damaged the publishing and media industries in Barcelona.
Speaking to people I know for some years the roots of the independence movement was put into the back-burner for long but most the interesting arguments involved the self-glory of the central government in their decision making e.g; being part of the "axis of the willing" in the US invasion of Iraq, then voting against sanctions against Libya (Libya was one of Spain's largest trading partners) and the support of Madrid's corrupt banking system.
Its true, Catalonia is the economical powerhouse of Spain and unemployment is far less then in the rest of Spain. People still have jobs, even when their labour rights are rather marginal and the "hire & fire" practice is conman. Maybe this is why there is a wide unwillingness for sharing with the rest of Spain. A solution could arise for The Central government in Madrid to consider a federal structure taxation model like in Germany. This would benefit both, Catalonia and the rest of Spain.
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