On 7 December, veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is out on bail after spending more than three months in prison, spoke about the lack of freedom in Kashmir and said, “In this country, a right wing, retrograde (government) is moving towards a fascist type of government that usurped freedom... we have to be very vigilant.”
- China termed the bifurcation “void,” saying that it included some of their territories
- GC Murmu was sworn-in as the first LG of J&K and Radha Krishna Mathur as LG of Ladakh
- 23 members of European Parliament, mostly belonging to right-wing parties, who flew to J&K for a two-day official visit, termed the dilution of Article 370 an internal issue of India
NRI Businessman, Charged After Aug 5 Under PSA, Released for Three Months
Dr Mubeen Shah, a Non Resident Indian businessman detained in the aftermath of the August 5 crackdown on political leaders and businessmen in Jammu and Kashmir, was "temporarily released" on Saturday.
Shah, who is based out of Malaysia, walked out of the Agra Central Jail and was received by his brother Niyaz, who had been fighting in the Supreme Court to seek his release.
Refusing to talk to the media citing that the case was sub-judice, Niyaz drove away with his brother, Mubeen, who was detained on August 7 and immediately shifted to the central jail in Agra.
Chidambaram Dubs Centre "Retrograde," Alleges Freedom Denied to Kashmir People
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday alleged freedom was being denied to 75 lakh people in the Kashmir valley and dubbed the Central government "retrograde."
The former Union minister, who is currently out on bail, said “In several parts of the nation, freedom is being snatched away and voices of freedom are being choked, and you should not forget it at all." He also added that if freedom of one person was denied, it meant denying it for all the people.
"In this country, a right wing, retrograde (government) is moving towards a fascist type of government that usurped freedom... we have to be very vigilant,” he said.
Not a Single Bullet Fired in J&K Since Abrogation of Special Status: Satya Pal Malik
Satya Pal Malik, the last governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday said no untoward incident has happened there ever since the abrogation of provisions of Article 370.
He claimed that since the abrogation of special status, there has been no casualty in the Valley.
"If there used to be a minor incident, thousands would die. There was unrest in 2010, 50 men died. When the Burhan Wani issue happened, 110 died. Every week, there used to be a casualty. People used to die, people were incited. They used to attack police and stations.”
"And today after the abrogation of Article 370, the Indian forces have not fired even a single bullet... A day after its removal, a boy even said to me 'Let me take you to Laal Chowk to have tea',” Malik said.
SC Reserves Order On Pleas Challenging Restrictions in J&K
The Supreme Court on Wednesday, 27 November, reserved its judgment on a batch of petitions filed by Kashmir Times Editor Anuradha Bhasin and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad challenging the restrictions on communication and other restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 in July.