Srinagar, Sep 23: In his first interview since the abrogation of the special status of Jammu & Kashmir and his release from detention, Sajad Lone, President, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference, and former Cabinet Minister of erstwhile state of J&K, speaks about a range of issues from the BJP government’s 5 August 2019 decision to revoke Articles 370, 35A and bifurcating J&K state into two union territories, his days as a detainee, the significance of the Gupkar Declaration, the future of mainstream politics in J&K, the current face of governance in J&K and much more:
On August 5 – If 1947 marked the transition of the Kashmiri from ruled to the ruler, August 5 relegated it back to the ruled entity, in the ruler- ruled equation.
on future of mainstream – I feel a restructured mainstream will evolve and reinvent to brand itself as a face of Kashmir in Kashmir instead of face of Delhi in Kashmir.
On Gupkar – we will not allow our differences to facilitate non Kashmiris coming to rule us, to slander us, to humiliate our people.
On the diplomatic fallout of August 5 decisions, the department of external affairs has almost been relegated to the department of Kashmir affairs.
on why people did not come out to protest – People who rushed lakhs of troops and converted the whole city into an armed garrison are now taunting unarmed civilians that they didn’t come out to fight.