Chennai: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said that while he’s “happy to breath the air of freedom” after being in prison for more than three months, the people of Kashmir are being denied freedom.
The former Union Minister is visiting Chennai days after he was granted bail in the INX Media case. “In several parts of the nation, freedom is being snatched away and voices of freedom are being choked. You should not forget it at all. I’m happy to breathe the air of freedom but 75 lakh people are being denied freedom in Kashmir valley as I speak,” he told reporters at the Chennai airport. “Freedom cannot be separated, yours is mine and mine is yours and if I do not protect your freedom, you cannot protect mine,” he said.
“This retrograde government is heading towards fascism that denies freedom. We’ve got to be cautious,” he said on Saturday. Praising his home state Tamil Nadu for its traditional opposition to the BJP, he said: “The entire country ought to be cautious like Tamil Nadu. The day the entire country displays the caution of South India is the day we would have freedom.” With the exception of Karnataka, the BJP has struggled to make inroad in South India.
The Supreme Court, while granting bail to Mr Chidambaram, restrained him from speaking to the press or making public statements on the alleged money laundering case. “I cannot comment on the case. I am going to obey the Supreme Court’s order,” Mr Chidambaram had said soon after walking out of prison. The BJP, however, has accused the Congress leader of violating his bail condition by claiming that his “conscience and record as a minister” were clear.
Source By NDTV