Huzaifa Pandit was born and raised in Indian administered Kashmir. He is pursuing a PhD on “Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Agha Shahid Ali and Mahmoud Darwish – Loss, Lyricism and Resistance” at University of Kashmir. His poems, translations, essays and papers have been published in various journals like Indian Literature, PaperCuts, CLRI, Punch and Muse India. He is fond of Urdu poetry, Urdu and old Bollywood music and hopes to publish a book of his translations soon.
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.