Kashmir: A willing suspension of reason

Kashmir is the main excuse that India and Pakistan use to justify the high cost of their militarisation. It is not merely the peoples of Jammu and Kashmir who suffer from this rivalry—peace in the Subcontinent is held hostage by this dispute. Peace in Kashmir is not an option. It is imperative for South Asia's survival.

The 1950s witnessed the revival of nationalism in India. Like most Indians of that decade, I grew up believing in the great destiny of India. We looked to the future and saw India as a prosperous, peace-loving and powerful country, a leader among the community of nations. We were proud that despite the partition of the Subcontinent on religious grounds, India remained committed to secularism.

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