New Delhi, Sept. 12 -- The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has convinced an overwhelming majority of Indians that it has reclaimed Kashmir. Journalists are getting goosebumps watching the official Independence celebration as if it was done for the first time. That it has been conducted for the last 70 years, in the same place and in the same fashion, is seemingly a matter of trivial detail. What matters is that Kashmir is seen to have been conquered and Kashmiris "vanquished".

While this in itself is significant, it feeds into the meta-narrative of undoing Jawaharlal Nehru's "historical blunder". This, despite the fact that it was under Nehru's watch that the seed of Article 370 had been taken out. The BJP has now blown the husk away. What is...