For a few weeks I’ve been struggling over the focus of an article about Kashmir. I’m neither glib nor facile as a writer & the readers would include Kashmiris who have more to teach than learn from me.

I’ve learned in politics that asking the elementary questions & trying to answer them can sometimes bring the greatest understanding. That “devil in the details” thing is often hidden within assumptions.

So I’m up at 2 in the morning because it dawned on me at an uncongenial time that the question worth exploring is what makes the Kashmiri struggle against occupation & for self-determination so important? What makes it historic & would make a victory monumentally so?

I’m working on it now cause my mind is cooking so if anyone has ideas I’d be glad to hear them.