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    ...The ugly images of the results of crowd control measures repel sensitive Indians. The question is, what is to be done? First, we should rule out what cannot be done. A plebiscite is not possible. Of the many resolutions the UN passed on Kashmir, only two are relevant to the plebiscite: those of August 13, 1948 and January 5, 1949. A plebiscite was to follow the complete withdrawal of tribal invaders and Pakistan forces from the invaded areas of Jammu & Kashmir, after which India would draw down its forces to a number just sufficient to maintain law and order and hold a plebiscite. Pakistan never withdrew its troops, and one cannot imagine it withdrawing them now. That rules out a plebiscite permanently. Imagining what can be done in Kashmir requires suspending prejudice, and abandoning preconceived notions. ...

    TOI on Aug. 19, 2016, 2 a.m.