New Delhi: CPM Kashmiri leader Yousuf Tarigami on Tuesday\nsaid that the silence of Kashmir should not be mistaken as \u201cacceptance\u201d of the\nhumiliation unleashed on August 5. He told this to media persons in New Delhi. Although\nthe Supreme Court had said in the habeas corpus case that Tarigami was not\nunder detention and could move around after informing the district\nadministration, the four-time CPM legislator had not been allowed to do so. He\nvisited Delhi for a check-up at AIIMS on what he called his \u201cmedical visa\u201d. \n\n\n\nThe CPM central committee member revealed to the media that\nthe Valley had been turned into a prison with most hotels and guesthouses being\nused to lodge detainees. When he was asked how long the \u201ccivil disobedience\u201d\nwould continue? He retorted: \u201cDo you ask a person who has met with a tragedy\nhow long the tears will flow?\u201d\n\n\n\nTelegraph India quoted Tarigami as saying, \u201cWe have seen\nturmoil earlier as well as a lot of violence and destruction. But this is\ndifferent. Irrespective of the earlier divide, everyone feels humiliated. Those\nwho have stood by unity despite the bullets, those who kept away from the\nmainstream, and the common people, all feel betrayed as one.\u201d\n\n\n\nTarigami warned of serious implication if the issue is not\naddressed by the democratic opinion in the rest of India. \u201cThe constitution of\nJammu and Kashmir has been dismantled and the state has been dismembered\u2019\u2019 he\nasserted.\n\n\n\nTarigami questioned that if Jammu and Kashmir is now fully\nintegrated with India as claimed by the government, why the provisions of the\nIndian Constitution are not being applied to the state and people don\u2019t enjoy\nfundamental right to freedom of expression in their own state?\n\n\n\nExpressing disappointment over Opposition practically\nabandoning the Kashmiris in what he described as the most terrible period in\ntheir recent history, Tarigami urged the Opposition to raise their voices\nagainst the atrocities being committed on Kashmiris and to \u201ccome out of their\nslumber before it is too late\u2019\u2019.\n\n\n\nTarigami also urged media to visit Kashmir and see for\nthemselves the ground reality as opposed to the claims made by the Centre.\n\n\n\nIn an interview with BusinessLine, the four-time\nMLA disclosed that despite a Supreme Court order, political leaders in the\nKashmir Valley are still under arrest and the situation is far from normal\nafter 80 days of blockade in Jammu and Kashmir.\n\n\n\nDescribing the present situation of Kashmir, Tarigami revealed\n\u2018life is paralysed. Schools, colleges and universities are open, but without\nteachers and students. We have seen violence and bloodbath since 1989, but the\nshock and distress our population is facing now is unprecedented.\u2019\n\n\n\nRefuting the government claims that there are no major\nprotests and people have accepted the Centre\u2019s decision, Tarigami asks, \u2018Have\nyou ever heard of protests in Tihar jail? The entire valley is like a jail now.\nMany of my colleagues are in detention camps or under house arrest. Young boys\nare languishing in jails and their parents do not know their whereabouts. There\nis something called fundamental rights. Shouldn\u2019t I have the rights to express\nmy pain? The Constitution is being violated in its entirety in Kashmir. Leading\nnewspapers have become government gazettes. Only one political party can\nfunction and the rest of the parties will have to sit silently.\u2019\n\n\n\nYousuf Tarigami further claimed that the people of the state are in acute financial crisis; their fruit crops have rotten and the carpet industry has stopped functioning leaving weavers jobless. A number of people\u2019s livelihood is dependent on tourism but the tourists were scared away by the administration and were dragged out of hotels. Tourism and handicraft industry has become defunct due to non-availability of the internet as it was solely based on the internet.