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Death in Kashmir

Abdul Ghani Lone, the Hurriyat leader and chairman of the People's Conference, was assassinated in Srinagar on May 21, 2002 during a gathering commemorating the death anniversary of his friend, the Kashmiri leader, Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq, also slain by assassins 12 years ago. What follows is an outspoken and detailed interview given by Lone to the writer. The interview, published here for the first time, took place at Lone's residence in Srinagar in June 2001. Lone addresses frankly the 'colonial attitudes' of India and Pakistan toward Kashmir and the ways in which the Kashmir policies of both countries have consistently failed the people of Kashmir.

Kashmir: Lone's Liberal Legacy

Abdul Gani Lone's assassination is likely to have a profound impact on the movement towards a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. For, despite the multiplicity of actors representing mainstream politics and militant organisations, there are not many who have the capacity and the dynamism to respond to the local sensitivities in the way he could

Kashmir: Putting Politics in Command

For all the opprobrium that the All Party Hurriyat Conference has earned for its lack of action on many counts, it is a valuable platform. This is why its recent announcement that it would hold three-stage elections under a people’s election commission needs to be appreciated and supported. The move is the strongest evidence of change at the ground level placing politics over the gun and selfdetermination over the moth-eaten autonomy/plebiscite paradigm.

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