16 May, 2021

Firdous Syed Baba

The ex-Kashmir militant on his biography Death of Dreams: A Terrorists Tale

Firdous Syed Baba
Yasin Malik didn't. What made you tell your story to your biographer, Aditya Sinha?
I wanted to share my experience with my people.

Most biographies suffer from half-truths. Have you been completely honest?
I've tried to be honest. Now I am waiting for the readers to respond. Maybe the author will be able to comment better on that.

The book doesn't explore your personal life. Why?
It wasn't the focus. I'm a private person and I didn't want to bore people.

Was your family supportive of what you were doing, especially when the whole matter of the kidnapped Swedes became a big issue?
During those days there was no link with my family. Certainly the fact that we weren't in touch was traumatic for them. They were perplexed.

What was the rationale behind your joining the National Conference?
It's a matter of doing something for your people.

Shabir Shah was one of your earliest influences. Are you still in touch?
We differ ideologically but I am still close to him on a personal level....

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