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Why A Nation Cannot Be Reduced To A Territory

The Indian media accepts with laughable readiness the legitimacy of the phrase "anti-India slogans", as if it really referred to something meaningful. But the category itself is childish--as is demonstrated by its frequent schoolyard justification ("They are friends with our enemy"). It is not simply that debates about territorial issues should be a normal part of national conversation. It is also that the Constitution of India explicitly protects these debates and all others, so rendering meaningless the whole hysterical construction of Indians making "anti-Indian" statements.