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India and the notion of freedom of speech

Kashmir is a weak pulse for India.  Anything related to Kashmir evokes dramatic emotions among the politicians and the countrymen alike.  It's natural, for we have been hardwired, through education and propaganda, that Kashmir is a matter of pride and honor for us.  True, it is.  But the forced innateness has caused us to be dogmatic and intolerant towards any opinion voiced in favor of separatism. 
I personally am against a separate Kashmir as it is an integral part of India, but at that same time I want to make the point that any opinion in favor of a separate Kashmir should be dealt with politically, rather than emotionally and provocatively. Right winged nationalists, befitting their nature, threaten violence in such cases. 

Such a case is the recent comments by rights activist Arundhati Roy.  She said that Kashmir was never a part of India historically.  These comments were received very critically by the media and the government.  No harm, as a democratic society gives its …