POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 01, 2010 AT 15:04 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 01, 2010 15:04 IST

B.G. Verghese, writing in the Tribune, explains how political and historical illiteracy, masquerading as patriotism, is dangerous 

It is just as well that the absurd pursuit of laying sedition charges against Arundhati Roy and Syed Ali Shah Geelani for saying in Delhi what they and a lot of others have been saying for a long time in J&K and elsewhere has been abandoned. To ask for azadi — if by that is meant independence — is not treason. And asking for it is not going to make it happen. Muzzling free speech, one of the cardinal pillars of an open and democratic society, would be to jeopardise our own freedom. Rather, the foolish agitation of the BJP and its ilk, if anything, gives salience to the separatist’s fatuous parrot-cry that ignores history and ground realities. J&K was, in fact, independent from August 15 until October 22, 1947. Who cut short its independence and who remains in occupation of half the state to this day? ...

The other thing to remember is that for more than a few people, including some in the establishment, the J&K agitation is a sound business proposition that sustains their hearths and ego. Should the matter be resolved, whatever would they do? Like some of their counterparts in the Northeast, they fear peace in J&K. So does Pakistan. Its governing ideology could unravel without an object of obsessive hate while its Army and jihadi ideologues, who hold a hapless people in thrall, would lose their very raison d’etre.

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 01, 2010 AT 15:04 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 01, 2010 15:04 IST
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11/D-122
Nov 17, 2010
09:44 PM

UN has taken out J&K from the list of disputes... So, its no issue for world and for us. Its an issue for Pakistan and their sympathiser across world but who cares.. They need to hand over POK, get their acts right in rural areas being controlled by Al-Qaida & Taliban.

Lalit Jha
Houston, United States
9/D-96
Nov 10, 2010
10:52 PM
Srinivas,

>> they (the BJP) dont have any role to play here (J&K).

that's a silly comment!

>> There is not much difference between people with your mindset and people who unleashed 26/11 ghory in Mumbai.

That comment is not only idiotic but it reveals your hateful mindset.
Anwaar
Dallas, United States
8/D-91
Nov 10, 2010
10:29 PM
Anwaar - Its not a surprise to see you tagging BJP unwantedly in J&K issue - they dont have any role to play here. Now everyone knows who is biased and who is fundamentalist. There is not much difference between people with your mindset and people who unleashed 26/11 ghory in Mumbai.
Vasanth Srinivas
Chennai, India
7/D-26
Nov 07, 2010
05:37 AM
stupid blog
vibhaas
Doha, qatar
6/D-10
Nov 03, 2010
01:00 AM
The BJP and the separatists need each other! Each derives strength from the other.
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Remember, you said something about honest and open discussion. Now who is toeing what line.. (I correctly pointed this out at that time).

Chhatisggarh, Himachal, Karnatka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujrat, Bihar, Punjab, Jharkhand.... ruled by BJP/ allies and haven't seen them sharing stage and having dinner with the separatists.
Lalit Jha
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