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But, from the perspective of the average Indian citizen living in Kashmir, how different is India in terms of tolerance? It is not just that the rhetoric of various powerful politicians sounds like hate speech against minorities. It is also that, for decades, the people of Kashmir have not been allowed to feel safe in their own homes.

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How can we expect people to swear fealty to a government on whose watch their children are being blinded for no greater fault than walking home from school?

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