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Need For Independent Opinion: Shabnam
|by R C Ganjoo|
Shabnam Lone, a well-known Supreme Court lawyer, has always believed that Kashmir is for all Kashmiris and none can be discriminated here on the grounds of caste, creed and religion. Daughter of the late Abdul Ghani Lone, who was chief of the Peoples Conference and earlier Congress leader and state Cabinet Minister, she did her Law from Aligarh Muslim University and has since long been practising in the apex court. She spoke to R C Ganjoo in Srinagar recently and shared her perception of the current situation in J&K.
A : It a very difficult time for Kashmir. Everyday people are dying here. These deaths signify disaster. That has made even the most apolitical person ready to join the mob . People have a sense of insecurity. I wish all parties, the separatist as well as the mainstream, come together and let an atmosphere of peace prevail in Kashmir. Omar Abdullah blaming Mufti and the latter Omar is very ridiculous. The Hurriyat (M) - Hurriyat (G) division has not helped Kashmir. I feel that Sayed Salahuddin has more important role to play. He should be brought on to the negotiating table if the government of India is serious about negotiations
Q: Will you be in active politics again ?
A: I have a political background and the legal too. I have a literature background as well. There is not much hope from our political parties today. The Peoples Conference is divided between two brothers. Neither seems to be in touch with the common people. Everyone is telling me to float a party. You know in Kashmir every second person has floated a party. But if you get involved in any party set -up, you are in a cage and have to follow its diktats. I think it is high time in Kashmir for independent political opinions. Kashmiris today need understanding. They are to be made aware that Kashmir is the problem everybody is selling around for certain petty interests but none is doing anything meaningful in the matter. This attitude has to be changed. We are the generation next. We would not accept political models thrust upon us by New Delhi.
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