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Need to speak up on Kashmir: Roy


Need to speak up on Kashmir: Roy

Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 1

On the second day of Mela Ghadri Babeyan Da, author Arundhati Roy and Siddharth Varadarajan, Editor of The Wire, condemned the scenario in Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 and the need for intellectuals to speak up.

Speaking on the Kashmir issue, Roy said, “I’m very ashamed about Kashmir. I can’t say ‘Mera Bharat Mahaan’. The silence on Kashmir is deafening. It’s our fight too. While there should have been potent opposition, no one spoke up. Very few journalists have spoken about it. The country needs a new movement and a new media out of it.”

Roy, along with Vardarajan, was the key speaker during the second and concluding day of the mela.

Roy said, “Kashmir has been under the densest military occupation for the past 30 years. All this is being done in our name. In August, right after the abrogation of Article 370, the biggest searches on Google were ‘getting a Kashmiri girl’ and ‘getting land in Kashmir’. It is disgusting.”

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