There were two thoughts - one was to put together an op/ed, and the second was a longer article.
Op/Ed: Why the Kashmiris have Self-Determination
Article: Understanding Self Determination in the 21st centuryDiscuss social philosophy of self determination, practical aspects of it.
Discuss political climate in JKL, and why the citizenry has self-determination
So why is there armed violence? Discuss the real basis of violence that uses self-determination as a figleaf to promote an evil agenda.
Any references that may bolster each of these bullet points would be appreciated.1. What is self-determination? - Discuss social philosophy underlying it, discuss practical implications of self-determination (sort of the if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, walks like a duck - it must have self determination).
2. Implications of Self Determination for (a) minority groups with full rights in constitutional republican democracies - examples of Puerto Rico, Blacks in US, Southerners in US, quebecois in Canada; and (b) minority groups denied individual rights in Democracies (Palestinians in Israel, Kurds in Turkey, Chechnya in Russia); and (c) minority groups denied individual rights in dictatorships (Kashmiris in Pakistan, - any other examples?)
3. Discussion of self-determination as a political tool
4. Summarize by distinguishing what are legitimate efforts for self-determination, and which are artificial.