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India Finds Fault In 14-Year Old Comments : Modi Rivals Decry Arundhati Prosecution On Kashmir Remarks

Sharad Pawar, a Senior Indian Opposition Leader, has denounced the abuse of power by the Indian authorities to prosecute the prize winning Novelist Arundhati Roy for supporting freedom of held Kashmir from India in comments she made 14 years ago.

The top official in the Delhi Administration, VK Saxena, gave the go-ahead for legal action against Roy, whose novel the god of small things won the Booker Prize in 1997.

Alongside Roy, a Former University Professor in held Kashmir, Sheikh Showkat Hussain, were to be also prosecuted under the notorious Anti-Terrorism legislation .

Saxena, who is serving as the lieutenant governor, is a politician from Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP.

While Roy, 62, is one of India's most famous living authors, her activism and outspoken criticism of Modi’s Government, including over laws targeting minorities, have made her a thorn in the eyes of extremist Hidus.

The complaint concerned Roy's comment that the disputed Kashmir Region not an “integral” part of India, and accused her and others of giving speeches supporting freedom of Kashmir from India.

Roy’s home in Delhi was besieged by protesters in 2010 when her comments from the panel discussion were published, when about 150 members of the BJP women’s organisation demanded that she retract her statement or leave the country.

The decision to prosecute was denounced by the communist party of India(marxist), saying the action against Roy and Sakhawar Hussain under the draconian unlawful activities (prevention) act] defies LPGIC and is a kind of fascism.