Afzal Guru letter in Haksar’s book on Kashmiri Nationalism

Noted Human rights lawyer Nandita Haksar today said she has quoted Afzal Guru on Kashmiri Nationalism in her book.
Afzal Guru letter in Haksar’s book on Kashmiri Nationalism
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Noted Human rights lawyer Nandita Haksar today said she has quoted Afzal Guru on Kashmiri Nationalism in her book.

Quoting a passage on the release of her book, The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism: From the Cold War to the Present Day, which was released at a function here, Haksar quoted Afzal as saying "How could I support Kashmiri nationalism if I didn't believe in my own."

"In the letter Afzal wrote to me and which I have published in the book, he said, "I understand your nationalism but I don't understand Modi's nationalism. This led me to understand various nationalisms," Haksar said.

She was Afzal defence counsel in the Parliament attack case and was instrumental in the release of SAR Geelani, Showkat Guru and Navjot Sandhu.

"The need to look at what has created the gap between "Kashmir and India, Hindus and Muslims, Kashmir and Jammu and India and Pakistan".

"This  book will unite all and which made it possible for Indians like me to get together in seeking justice for Afzal and made the release of SAR Geelani possible."

One such politics, she said, tried to emerge in the state in the form of trade unionism, as practiced by trade union leaders like Sampat Prakash.  The book, released by noted lawyer ND Pancholi who also represented Afzal. A panel comprising columnists ZG Mohammad, Abdul Majid Zargar, Dr Altaf and Dr Javaid Iqbal discussed the book after the release.

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