‘Indian authors distorted facts about Kashmir’
Srinagar, June 02: The galaxy of columnists, writers and academicians Sunday said that the most of the Indian authors have distorted the facts in their books about Kashmir saga. They said such an episode happened recently at the banks of Nigeen Lake when noted Indian lawyer and historian grossly distorted the facts about Kashmir in his book.
They were speaking at a book release function, “Flashback-Kashmir Story Since 1846”, a book written by a Kashmiri journalist Zahiruddin.
Speaking at the occasion, Zahiruddin said the idea was to give a background of various events. “As long as memories of Kunanposhpora are with me I will continue to fight for justice,” he said and added that he hoped that this book would also invoke a discussion on various issues.
Writer and columnist, Dr Altaf rapped A G Noorani of “distorting facts” about Kashmir. Altaf said that the saddest part of the Kashmir saga is that most about it is written by their oppressors. “Now, Kashmiris have started to write their own account. Our voice has been muzzled but it is important to rectify the distortion. Noorani accused Ali Muhammad Jinnah of something that never happened,” he said.
Dr Altaf in his speech said that he was widely impressed by the work of A G Noorani, but his recent book released at the banks of Nigeen Lake has saddened him. “Only to appease some people, a writer like Noorani distorted facts about Kashmir,” he said.
Citing the book, Altaf said that Noorani accuses Ali Muhammad Jinnah of being an obstacle in Kashmir resolution, which is wrong. “If as per Noorani, we assume Jinnah was an obstacle then India must hold plebiscite in Kashmir,” Altaf said.
Congratulating the author of the book, noted political analyst, Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain said that there are two types of writers one who stand for a cause and others are those who are in cultural academy talking about the status quo. “But we will overshadow them though we don’t have resources like them,” he said.
Dr Showkat also said that it is possible in universities like JNU to do research even on Hizbul Mujahidin, but in Kashmir University, students are not allowed to do so. “We have to break this mindset. Nobody in JNU has been punished for this, then why professors in Kashmir have fears of losing their job,” he said and added that their precious material is being destroyed.
“Resistance literature needs to come out and distributed among common people because it doesn’t have any place in government libraries and offices,” he said.
A galaxy of scholars, writers, journalists and students were present at the occasion including Z G Muhammad, Hameeda Nayeem, Dr Javid Iqbal, Anwar Ashai, Abdul Majeed, Shakeel Qalandar, Zamrooda Habib and several others.
Courtesy: Rising Kashmir