In a recent interview on the Wire, conducted by journalist Karan Thapar, NCP supremo Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, people of Kashmir would rather have Chinese come in than continue to be part of India. Abdullah, who is also a member of the parliament, claimed that “at this moment the Kashmiri people do not feel and do not want to be Indian.”
“To be honest, I wonder whether they (Modi govt) will find somebody who will call himself an Indian today. What they did on 5th August last year, was the last nail in the coffin of India. And that’s what they did. You go and talk to anybody; they don’t want to be known as Indians,” the three-time Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah said.
Further, Abdullah claimed that people in Kashmir have become disillusioned with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the current government. “The trust that once bound Kashmir to the rest of the country has completely snapped,” he added.
Speaking on politics, Abdullah said that the National Conference along with several other parties has signed “gupkar declaration”, which seeks to reinstate the special constitutional position of Jammu and Kashmir. He said, he will last forever for reinstating articles 370 and 35A.
Reflecting on his son, Omar’s decision to not fight election till Jammu and Kashmir remains an Union Territory, Abdullah said that it is a personal choice and not that of the entire National Conference as an organization.
The articles, 370 and 35A which allowed a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked last year through a notification by the President.