California congressman Brad Sherman who chaired the US House Foreign Affairs hearing on Kashmir made a dopey & iniquitous comparison between self-determination for Kashmir & diversity in the state of California. Kashmiris are not fighting for a Muslim-only state like Israel is attempting to build a Jewish-only state or India a Hindu-only state. They are fighting against Indian colonialism for cultural, economic, social, political, religious self-determination which clearly incorporates the rights & dignity of minorities. Their struggle is entirely analogous to that of Palestinians against Zionist colonialism. Any confusion on that score is simply the inflammatory deceits of Indian nationalist propaganda.