SHOPIAN, Jammu & Kashmir —Two days after the Union government revoked the special constitutional provision governing the relationship between Jammu & Kashmir and the rest of India, it released a video showing National Security Advisor Ajit Doval speaking to Kashmiris in the volatile Shopian district in south Kashmir.
The video, released on August 7, also showed Doval sharing “biryani” with the locals. With Kashmir still under an unprecedented crackdown and information blockade, the video received wide publicity from television channels and social media to portray ‘peace’ and ‘normalcy’ in the region following government’s decision to nullify Article 370.
HuffPost India tracked down one of the men who was part of the conversation with Doval in the video. A resident of Shopian’s Aliyalpora, Mohammad Mansoor Magray, 62, is a retired government officer and a social activist who said that he wouldn’t have gone along if he had been told it was to meet Doval, whom he didn’t recognise.
“I had never seen him (Doval) before in my life. I thought maybe he’s the personal secretary of DGP Sahab,” said Magray, adding that his family was scared when the video went viral.
Magray also said he would file a defamation suit against Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for putting his life in danger by calling him a “paid agent”.
Had I known it was Doval, I wouldn’t have gone. Even if they dragged me."
Excerpts from the interview
Can you please tell us something about yourself?
I have been into social activism since last three decades. During my employment, I was very vocal in raising the issues of employees and I also served as the leader of a trade union.
I have also protested against the sentencing of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in New Delhi. More recently, I also protested against the challenge to the special status of Jammu and Kashmir...