“. . . one’s impression on returning to the valley of Kashmir for the first time since Sheikh Abdullah was released is that he is still a power to be reckoned with. Alone, his principal colleagues and supporters all in gaol [sic], his every movement under police observation, his very presence is enough to deprive the present Kashmir Government of all peace of mind. Yet one cannot imprison a man indefinitely because he is admired and loved; nor presumably maintain in office a Government if it is unable to make itself either.”
1998: Ex-RAW Chief Becomes JK Governor
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government appointed former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. The appointment was resented by human rights activists and intellectuals who demanded a senior politician close to Kashmir be sent as governor.
2005: Memorial for the Missing
Mothers of missing youth in Kashmir laid the foundations at Lawaypora of a memorial for their loved-ones who were subjected to disappearance after being arrested by Indian forces. This memorial spoke of the defiance the mothers brought to their fight – their previous attempt at the Eidgah in Srinagar having been demolished by the previous government on July 18, 2001. Stricken with loss, mental agony and torment, and battling an implacable state and impervious judicial system for answers, such Kashmiri women have time and again surmounted their suffering to demand the truth.