Please allow me to dispel a misconception that Mr. Gulzar Bhat (18 December) has allowed to enter his mind regarding my article on the political impotence of the National Conference.
In fact, my book entitled "Perspectives on Kashmir: Historical Dimensions" (1983) is perhaps the first book on Kashmir which reflects the sullen as well as growing resentment of Kashmiri Muslims against the Indira-Sheikh Accord. Of course, in the same book as well as in the columns of this paper, I have not failed to highlight the contribution of Sheikh Abdullah to Kashmir vis-a-vis radical land reforms and Kashmiri nationalism, or what I have constantly described as Muslim Kashmiriyat. But I have never failed in my academic endeavours to show that Sheikh Abdullah was dubbed a traitor by a great majority of Kashmiri Muslims for signing Accord of 1975. Even my recent autobiographical reflections titled "Evolution of my Identity vis-a-vis Islam and Kashmir", published in the latest compilation of Sheikh Sahib's granddaughter (Dr. Nyla Khan, ed. The Parchment of Kashmir, Palgrave Macmillan, U.S. August, 2012) contain this objective truth.
Given the above facts, as well as Prof. E.H. Carr's view that history is an unending dialogue between the historian and his facts, my scholarly efforts will continue to assess and reassess the role of Sheikh Abdullah in our modern history.
Professor Muhammad Ishaq Khan
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