Why is it important to know about the war in Indian administered state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the midst of so much else happening in the world? Well for one India matters. A fight between 8 million Kashmiri Muslims in a land peopled by 1.26 billion people is like a fight between David versus Goliath. But this analogy reveals something else too. Eight million Kashmiri Muslims are challenging and contesting India’s claim to be a secular liberal democracy. It also helps us understand how nation-states become their own worst enemy or rather construct enemies within the borders of nation-state to boost “national unity”.

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Kashmir and Nation-State