What is your comfort level with Kashmiri Muslim friends in and out of Kashmir?
It is great, as long as the uncomfortable chapter of Pandits doesn’t crop up.Has this book been a catharsis, an emotional release for you?
Catharsis No! My emotional wounds would only heal when I go back and live in my ancestral home in Kashmir.The book has faced severe criticism. Someone has even written an open letter to you and tried to nullify questions about the sequence of events on January 19, 1990. There is also a popular propaganda that Jagmohan engineered these situations, any comments on that?
By criticism they are only insulting the memory of my community. Truth is very hard to swallow. By falsifying the sequence of events cleverly, the fools are only playing games and everyone can see through the transparent veil of falsehood.
If Jagmohan had engineered the situation why would loudspeakers in every mosque in Kashmir, located even in far-off places and in Srinagar, blare anti-infidel anti-India and anti–Pandit slogans all at the same time? Jagmohan was placed as a scapegoat to justify our forced exit.Journalist Pradeep Magazine, too, has raised some questions about your version of the story…One of them being “Why do Hindus in the valley comprise of only Brahmins?” What would your answer to that be?
He has no understanding of Kashmir and I would not like to waste my energy in answering this question.Image: A scene from the Mishriwala refugee camp at Jammu in 1991Picture copyright: Vijay Koul. Any unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.Also see: The Mark Tully interview: 'Gandhi would be horrified at India aiming to be a superpower'