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It has become all too easy for RSS and BJP votaries to label anyone who disagrees with the current regime as "anti-national."

A Kashmiri, particularly a Kashmiri Muslim, who is critical of the clampdown in Kashmir has not faltered from the ideals of democracy, secularism, and humanity.

A Kashmiri who reminds the current regime that the Constitution of India seeks to guarantee respect for rule of law and independence of the judiciary is not anti-national.

A Kashmiri who reminds the powers-that-be that provisions of the Constitution of India have been breached in Kashmir has not sworn allegiance to Pakistan.

A Kashmiri who points out that the revocation of our special status, without consultation with the State Legislative Assembly, is an erosion of parliamentary democracy in India does not hate the people of India.

A Kashmiri who asserts that the lives of our people cannot be torn asunder by paramilitary forces is neither ethnocentric nor communal.

A Kashmiri who takes pride in diversity and pluralism is not insincere.

A Kashmiri who believes that in a federal set-up power must be restored in the hands of federating units is not anti-Hindu.

A Kashmiri doesn't have to unequivocally hate one country and unequivocally love the other to prove her/ his credentials.

I take pride in my identity just as I am---Kashmiri.

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Nyla Ali Khan

Nyla Ali Khan is the author of Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between India and...

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