Ask your family members/elders/parents/grand parents why they have been voting for Congress for large part of last 70 years (there was no credible opposition/alternative for Congress then ... why?). BJP is a recent phenomenon (80s). Take ownership of collective failure ... KPs have been suffering for last 70 years ... so who let them down?
Somdev Ji, I left Desh a long time ago and the history we were taught in my time was best forgotten. Like so many of my contemporaries, I too was brainwashed at the time, but living in England for several years opened my eyes, especially when I saw the loot everywhere, most of it from India. And to top it all, the attitude.
So on my frequent trips back to Desh I made it a point to pick up books on our own history, not from the usual Commie writers, but from the Brits themselves, how they felt as they lorded it over my ancestors. I read as much as I could get, those were the pre-internet days and I had to do the rounds of Galgotia and Sons, Bookworm and similar places to find the books on the 'Days of The Raj' that I was interested in reading.
My quest was to find the answer to this very question you are asking - who let us down? How did a pissant country of a few million manage to rule over a huge and powerful nation like India? Were my great-grandparents and their parents complicit somehow, where they cowards to let this happen?
In the end this led me down other avenues, including the Islamic conquest of India, which is yet another tragic tale. Suffice it to say, in almost every era, there have been our own collaborators, quislings, Mir Jafars and Jaichands. As the old saying goes, the axe can never cut down the mighty oak until it acquires a wooden handle
. So it was with the history of India.
And so it has been with the history of Kashmir. Our own government, our own politicians have let us down. I dare say that were it not for the antics of the Congress and its progeny, starting with the Rose Man himself, India and Kashmir would have had a different trajectory.
And FWIW, my family never voted Congress, it was always Jan Sangh. I, however, used to vote Congress, but then did I say I too was brain-washed?