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Peace, Not Partition

by Madhu Purnima Kishwar, Time of India, 23 April 2010.

The core issue for secular India is protecting pluralist democracy. Kashmir is not mere territory to be kept under Indian jurisdiction at all costs. But we cannot accept Pakistan's agenda because that would mean accepting the logic of partition, that within the territory of each arbitrarily carved out nation state, every ethenic majority of its region is entitled to subjugate eliminate or push out a minority.Muslim politics in the subcontinent moved through distinct phases in the 20th century.


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