National Conference patron, Dr Farooq Abdullah Sunday said that freedom struggle started by some disgruntled youth brought misery to the people of Kashmir. He castigated India and Pakistan for playing with the emotions of Kashmiri people.
Faroooq Abdullah was addressing a gathering at SKICC where an Autobiography of NC founder Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah ‘The Blazing Chinar’ was released on Sunday. He said that the personality of Shiekh Abdullah was very complex and a common Kashmiri could not understand it. “There is diversion of opinions about the personality of Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah. It is my firm belief that people of Kashmir would never understand the ideology that was pursued by my father,” he said.
“People of India wanted him to be their leader, but he chose Kashmir as he wished to serve people of Kashmir day in and day out. Shiekh was an epitome who showed the right path to the people of Kashmir. People of Kashmir were living miserably and it was Shiekh Abdullah who showed them light and helped them to lead a respectable life,” Abdullah said.
He said Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah once predicted that people in Kashmir would one day suffer heavily. “When Shiekh started his Movement, it were people of Kashmir who suffered heavily. Shiekh was aware about the shortcomings and his only motive was to provide Kashmir people a respectable status,” he said.
He said Kashmir was a paradise but the Freedom Struggle started here by some disgruntled persons brought misery to the people of Kashmir. “My father had once aptly remarked that one day this nation would suffer and today I think he was correct,” he said.
He said that Kashmiri people are unpredictable who never follow the same path. “These people are not reliable. They change their seats like clothes. They never stick to one principle and stand,” he said adding that time is changing and now communalism has becoming a threat to peace.
“I foresee that communalism would engulf this nation one day. We have to come forward to make sure that people don’t get divided on religious lines. There is need for unity and we all have to work for it,” he said.
Historian Fida Mohammad Hasnain and Prof Mohammad Amin Wani also paid rich tributes to late Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah.
Hasnain appreciated the contribution of Gulshan Books and said that the Publication House should strive for the upliftment of Kashmiri art and culture.
Those who were present on this occasion included, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Abdul Rahim Rather, Muzafar Ahmed Shah, Khalida Shah, Dr Shiekh Mustafa Kamal and others.
Chairman Gulshan Books, Shiekh Aijaz presented Vote of Thanks. On this occasion, Commodore, Dalbir Singh’s book, ‘Historical Sikh Shrines of Jammu and Kashmir was also released.