In his unpublished memoir, Pandit Rughonath Vaishnavi writes that it was clear that Kashmiris had been “relegated to the position of slaves” after India gained its independence. “Kashmiri freedom fighters were lifted during the darkness of the night and kicked into dark cells without knowing the grounds of their imprisonment.” Pt. Vaishnavi was himself jailed seven times for his steadfast commitment to the Kashmiri right of self-determination. Along with some of his supporters he was jailed under the most brutal conditions and ordered several times to cease his political activities.
Author: Mona Bhan
Mona Bhan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at DePauw University in Indiana and the author of 'Counterinsurgency, Democracy, and the Politics of Identity in India: From Warfare to Welfare?