Anna Evokes Separatist Ire Over K Remarks

Anna Evokes Separatist Ire Over K Remarks

15 October 2011
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Separatists have reacted sharply to the statement of social activist, Anna Hazare wherein he had termed Kashmir as an integral part of India while distancing himself from the remarks of close aide, Prashant Bhushan supporting plebiscite in J&K. JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik termed Anna’s statement as indication of “intellectual bankruptcy”. “Those who have been fighting corruption in India should understand that it was because of the corruption and military might that India has been holding Kashmir forcibly,” Malik said. “Kashmir is not the integral part of country. Those who claim that are followers of Nathu Ram Godse and are hoodwinking the whole world.” In 1997, when Anna had come to Kashmir, he had met Malik. “Then he talked about Indian oppression and repression on Kashmiri people but his yesterday’s statement on Kashmir was surprising.” “In reality Anna Hazare is wearing a Gandhian Khadi over RSS underwear. He pretends to be the follower of Gandhi but in reality he is the follower of the killer of Gandhi, Nathu Ram Godse,” he alleged. Malik said Anna knows reality about Kashmir issue. “Terming Kashmir as India’s integral part exposes his double standards. The person who speaks about non-violence is actually advocating it on Kashmiri people,” he said. Hurriyat (G) termed Anna’s statement as “unrealistic and a joke”. “It is not only Anna but many other Indian leaders who consider their so-called national interest more important than justice when it comes to Kashmir,” Hurriyat (G) spokesman, Ayaz Akbar said. “This man who lectures about non-violence kept mum when lakhs of Muslims were killed in Jammu in 1947,” he said. Akbar said Anna’s statement cannot change historical realities about Kashmir. “It will only dent his own credibility. By saying that Kashmir is an integral part of India, Anna has proved he is a Dongi Baba (fraudulent sage) who is working to build up his political career,” he alleged. Acting chairman of JKLF (R), Javaid Ahmad Mir alleged that Anna was a member of RSS and Shiv Sena in the garb of being a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. “He should understand that oppressing the aspirations of people is a bigger sin than corruption. In reality, anna is using the agenda of corruption to help BJP reclaim power in Delhi,” Mir alleged. “He doesn’t have the guts to utter a word against the hooligans of Ram Sena, Shiv Sena and Hanuman Sena who ruthlessly beat his aide Prashant Bhushan. He was however quick to say Kashmir is an integral part of India. This is mere politicking.”


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