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Kashmir and Balochistan are a study in contrasts – separatism in the first is fuelled by Islamism while the second is a victim of it

Kashmir and Balochistan are a study in contrasts – separatism in the first is fuelled by Islamism while the second is a victim of itMay 11, 2019, 2:00 AM IST Carl Clemens in TOIIf there ever was a contrast in ideology and circumstance fit to be highlighted, it would be Baloch and Kashmiri separatism. From time to time, one hears talking heads on Indian TV juxtapose the Baloch independence struggle with Kashmiri separatism in the clumsiest way possible – by suggesting that Pakistan has no right to talk of anti-terrorism operations in Jammu & Kashmir while it conducts counterinsurgency operations with far greater brutality in its own restive province. Or that India could support the Baloch struggle as payback for Pakistani-sponsored terrorism in J&K. To say that this is a false equivalence would be an understatement.First, consider that separatism in J&K is a case of Islamic radicalisation and an invidious exploitation of multicultural democracy. Islamists in Kashmir have et…