I did not find Mehdi Hasan’s statement on Twitter about Kashmir to be impressive. He said: “I don’t have a view whether Kashmir should be part of India, Pakistan, or independent. That should be left to the Kashmiris.

“I do have a view on Kashmiris being shot, blinded, sexually assaulted, illegally detained, & cut off from the world – it’s an outrage.”

The equivocation in his statement is confusing since he is not usually one to mince words. Kashmiris have been fighting over 70 years to be independent from India so it is not going out on a limb or overstepping bounds to say you support their struggle for independence from India. On that issue, Kashmiris have long spoken loud & clear.