She said, “There is so much to say. I do visit Kashmir and interact with the Kashmiri boys. My first interest in Kashmir happened because of the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits. Ashok Pandit took me and Mahesh Bhatt to the Jammu and Pandit camp. There we saw their plight and it was very saddening.”
She continued, “Over the next decade, I happened to visit Kashmir a lot because I am attached to it. The militants do something to hurt the tourist and the local people really get disturbed. The common people in Srinagar are nice, I have met them. It’s not that Kashmiri people are bad…I have a little house boat on the Dal lake. There is so much going on. You don’t have to wait to grow old and die. Now anything can happen anywhere. Life is so insecure today.”
When asked about the JNU crisis, she shared, “The university thing is a matter of big concern. But I am not well versed with day to day happenings so I am not in a position to comment. But there are misconceptions everywhere. In our childhood, during the India-Pakistan partition, we were told that Muslims did a lot of atrocities on Hindu women. Later, when we grew up, we learnt that Hindus had done the same atrocities on the Muslim. They ill-treated the Muslim women in identical manner.”
“I just encourage the Kashmiri boys and girls in Srinagar that if they have their stories then they should write. Let their voices be heard. It’s such a bad state in the camp. Government is not doing anything. The floods happen but government didn’t do anything. So many people died. But the government could have come up with something,” added Deepti.
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