This post is in response to an article I read on Kashmir
I am glad a few commentators (Arundhati Roy, Vir Sanghvi, Swami Iyer etc) had the guts these past few weeks to discuss Kashmir's giveaway. Might generally be thought seditious. I salute them.
Your very much nationalist view doesn't work. Tried and tested (look at Xinjiang). Will never work. Kashmir has been a liability and will always be a liability. A stronger leadership and revoking article 370 will only spur further anti-national activities.
Read your history. The Maharaja signed the accession under duress after the Pakistani tribals attacked. Were the Kashmiris asked what they wanted? And we hypocritic Indians annex Junagadh and Hyderabad despite their rulers not wanting to be with us. India has never agreed to put a UN plebiscite. Why? If we are democratic, why is there a problem in having one. Are we afraid in losing it? You want to try them for anti-national activities... good luck. For every trial, we will create an Osama!
With respect to Kashmir, we are similar to:
1. The US' imperialism in Iraq.
2. Georgia holding South Ossetia despite its civilians wanting to be with Russia.
3. China in the Xinjiang province committing mass religious atrocities.
I hope we learn something from Indonesia in giving up East Timor (through the UN).
These remaining strains of Partition can be erased by giving away the Kashmir valley. Will lead to stronger India without any anti-nationals. Borders will stay secure. All the grant money can be diverted to Jammu and Ladakh which have suffered terribly in this great game.
No, I am a Hindu who just believes in the true spirit of democracy and human rights. I also hate our politicians for this mess-up and their pseudo-secularism. Jai Hind!