Gurcharan Das, The Times of India | September 8, 2008
The former colony India is now confronted with separatists who call for an independent Kashmir. ++ India's governance of the region was dreadful at times, but it is still a legitimate democracy. ++ Nobody should oppose an independent Kashmir, but instead they should ask for a consensual secession by taking a vote in Kashmir and in India. ++ The "Idea of India" would not be wounded if it let Kashmir go. ++ The state should improve the daily life of its citizens to convince them that India is worth defending.