They lecture us that the dream of self-determination is unachievable. Another example of fear-mongering; but look around the world. The world is full of examples of similar small countries who according to nay-sayers should never have attained their freedom or right of self-determination or referedum - whatever name you want to call this basic of democratic principles. East Timur, Kosovo, Quebec, Ireland, and yes, the ironic case of India's own independence from Britain.
What does it take to keep the flame of freedom burning in a Kashmiri's heart? A willingness to suffer the consequences rather than surrendering our basic right of freedom. A profound sense of obligation toward the 200, 000 brothers and sisters who sacrificed their lives for Kashmir. And when the challenge is hardest, when the Indian barbarians imprison the entire population of Kashmir for straight eight days, when they lock down the Jamia Masjid for four weeks , when they arrest, torture, and murder innocent freedom fighters just to break our will, and when the pro-India parties are shaking their heads and hoping we will finally cower and join them - to say, "No - India can go to hell".
Join your fellow countrymen and women in observing Self-determination Day on January 5th.