The following extract – translated by poet and writer Huzaifa Pandit – is from the booklet – Main Kaun Huun (Who am I). Written while on trial for the Ganga Plane Hijacking case from the ramparts of Lahore fort prison, the booklet is an important declaration of the Kashmiri right to self-determination and a rebuttal of the two-nation theory that allows Kashmir little role and agency.
Maqbool Bhat delivered this famous speech during the 1969 Muzaffarabad Convention of the Plebiscite Front. Mohammad Tahir translated this speech into English for Wande special issue on Maqbool Bhat. The speech is featured in JKLF publication Roshni Ka Shaheed Awal (First Martyr of the Light).
Basharat Ali explains the origins of love and hate many Indian’s have expressed for the people of Kashmir recently and locates both in the continuum of a desire which demands control over Kashmir and its people. The author demonstrates how a Kashmiri life in India is an insect life.