This is Akshay Azad, Correspondent Kashmir Times Jammu and Kashmir. I met you on 1stof November in the Gadar Party Annual Fair at Jalandhar. I had conducted your interviewfor Kashmir Times which was published on the OP-ED page of Kashmir Times of 27th ofNovember. I am sending you the Interview which has been published in Kashmir Times.
I am highly thankful to you for giving me your precious time and replied my questions.
If there will be any mistake in interview I will be felt sorry for that.
****************A man with a mission: Himanshu Kumar
‘Democracy doesn’t come from barrel of gun’
Exclusive Interview : Himanshu KumarInterviewed By : Akshay Azad
For the last 18 years, Gandhian, Himanshu Kumar has been trudging through the jungles of ruralChhattisgarh, empowering tribals, teaching them how to vote and bringing them access to foodand healthcare through his Vanvasi Chetna Ashram (VCA). Despite living in this Maoist-dominated conflict zone for nearly two decades, despite its many intimidations, Kumar has neverfelt the urge to flee. Until now that is when the might of the State is upon him.Trouble first began to escalate in 2005 when the infamous Salwa Judum was launched. The VCAfiled at least 600 complaints against human rights violations by the State and fake encounters by
the police. Himanshu Kumar was transformed in the State’s eyes from tr
usted aide to adversary.In May 2009, his ashram was brutally demolished by the police. Now he is visiting the villages,colleges, universities all over the country for the implementation of real democracy in India.Kashmir Times correspondent Akshay Azad met Himanshu and spoke to him about his strugglesand his take on Kashmir. Excerpts from the interview.AA: Is Kashmir struggle genuine or not?HK: In a democratic country all the demands of people are genuine and should be addressedpeacefully.AA: Consi
dering that Kashmir’s struggle legitimate, are you advocating for disintegration of
country?HK: It is the Indian government which is disintegrating the country. Instead of resolving the issuesdemocratically it has been resolving all issues militarily. There are many other ways to redressthe voices of dissent instead of using guns to hush up the voices for demanding their democraticrights.Using gun to suppress the voices of resentment should be condemned at all level and from allquarters. By using gun over the peaceful protesters the image of Indian forces and Indiagovernment is worsening with each passing day in Kashmir so it should be stopped. But it istoday reality of democratic India that all the voices of dissent are being suppressed by forces, beit the tribals voice in Chattisgarh, Bastar, in Kashmir or in north eastern states.For a true Gandhian it is not primary whether Kashmiris want freedom or disintegration of countrybut main question is how Indian government has been behaving with Kashmiris in last twentyyears which was totally undemocratic.AA: What will be the outcome of suppressing the voices of dissent?HK: If the voices of dissent will not be addressed in democratic manner then the prevailingsystem will be totally crippled. People opined that there is Pakistan interference in Kashmir so theissue cannot be solved until Pakistan assistance will be stopped, but my question is why theissues of Dalits, Tribals, farmers and the poor, besides other sections in entire India other thanJammu and Kashmir, are not addressed peacefully?. The outcome will be disastrous which was