Senior Congressman P Chidambaram on Friday denounced the invoking Public Safety Act (PSA) against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and son Omar as well as Mehbooba Mufti who are already under house arrest since the scrapping of Art 370 and consequent trifurcation of the State on Aug 5 last year.
The controversial PSA allows detention without charges up to two years. Chidambaram said detention without trial “is the worst abomination of democracy". In a series of tweets, Chidambaram contested the contention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that protests against laws passed by Parliament like scrapping Art 370 and Citizenship Amendment Act would lead to anarchy.
When "unjust laws" are passed without consulting the concerned people, what else could they do except resort to satyagraha as Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela did, he asked.
The Prime Minister also cited the remark of Farooq Abdullah that division of the State would lead to separation from India. What Farooq meant was that this leads to further alienation of the Kashmiris from New Delhi and strengthens the hands of separatists. Modi selectively quoted the 84 year old National Conference leader. Chidambaram did not touch upon this in his tweets.