Jammu And Kashmir Hurriyat Leaders To Pen 'truth' In Books

Jammu And Kashmir Hurriyat Leaders To Pen 'truth' In Books

23 February 2012
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik has just joined the long list of separatist leaders penning down 'tell-all' memoirs. Malik, who joined politics in 1984 as a student leader, claims he will make a clean breast of things in his autobiography. 'Truth has been the biggest casualty in Kashmir. My endeavour would be to relate everything that I have confronted and witnessed,' he says. But the big question is that, being the pioneer of armed insurgency in the state, will Malik write about his role in the early nineties, the role of Pakistan, migration of Kashmiri Pundits and the other more controversial issues, such as the killings of senior separatist leaders Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone. Malik, who took up arms in 1989 after a peaceful struggle of five years only to lay them down in 1994 to start another peaceful movement, says his commitment to truth is absolute. 'There will be everything in my autobiography. I will not hide anything. You only have to wait till I complete the book,' he adds. Last year, Syed Ali Shah Geelani , chairman of the Hurriyat Conference's hardline faction, had released the first volume of his autobiography, dedicated to all the 'martyrs who have fought against India's forcible occupation of Jammu and Kashmir' since 1947. The book, however, contains no sensational disclosures.The volume in Urdu - Wular Kinare (On the bank of Wular) - touches on Geelani's life up to the 1970s. He talks at length about the role of the Jamiat-e-Islami in the 'educational awakening of Kashmiri Muslims'. The book is yet to be translated. Interestingly, the army's General Officer Commanding Lt-Gen. Syed Ata Hasnain was the first person to place an order for Geelani's book the day it was released. The hardliner is currently working on the second volume, which is expected to deal with events after the 1970s, including his participation in elections, the eruption of the armed insurgency in 1989, the forming of the Hurriyat Conference and reasons behind its split into two factions. The third leader wielding the pen is Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat, who heads the J&K Muslim Conference and is a senior leader in the Hurriyat's moderate faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. He was earlier the chairman of the undivided Hurriyat Conference. The title of his book is Beyond Me. 'I am writing about myself, my educational career, my profession - all this will form part one. I will write another part which will cover politics, right from 1986 till today,' Bhat, who is a postgraduate in Persian and law from the Aligarh Muslim University and is known for his moderate views, says. On January 2, 2011, at a seminar organised by the JKLF, Bhat had become the first separatist leader who refused to blame the army and police for the killings of separatist leaders Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq, Lone and JKLF ideologue Abdul Ahad Wani. 'Lone Sahib, Mirwaiz Farooq and Wani were not killed by the army or police. They were targeted by our own people. The story is long, but we have to tell the truth,' he had said, while speaking on the 'Role of Intellectuals in Kashmir Movement'. Unidentified gunmen had assassinated Mirwaiz Farooq, the father of Mirwaiz Umar, in 1990 at his residence in Srinagar. Moderate separatist Lone, the father of Sajjad Gani Lone and Bilal Gani Lone, was killed in 2002. Wani was killed by unidentified gunmen in 1993. 'If you want to rid the people of Kashmir from sentimentalism bordering on insanity, you have to speak the truth. Pakistan's former PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had once said that sometimes the truth escapes the mouth. Here I am,' Bhat had said at the seminar. Former Hurriyat Conference chairman Moulana Abbas Ansari is also coming up with an autobiography - Khar-e-Gulistan (thorn of the garden) - and promises to tell the truth.