20 October, 2020

Meet Ali Mohammad Kumar, A Foot Soldier Raising Slogans At NC Rallies For Decades

75-year-old Ali Mohammad Kumar says he raises slogans during the NC rallies out of "love for the party".

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Meet Ali Mohammad Kumar, A Foot Soldier Raising Slogans At NC Rallies For Decades
outlookindia.com
2019-04-05T11:52:45+05:30

At the National Conference rally held in Pattan in north Kashmir, 75-year-old Ali Mohammad Kumar stood up to raise pro-NC slogans every time a leader addressed the audience. Sitting in the front row, with only a concertina wire dividing the stage and the workers, Kumar has waited for this rally for long. “In Pattan, the NC did not have much presence but now, more and more people are joining the organisation,” he says. “We took some salt tea in the morning and left straight for Pattan. This is a big day for us,” adds Kumar, who came for the rally from his village, Telegam. He says that around 14 people have turned up for the NC rally from his village.

Kumar has been with the NC for the past several decades. “In the 1990s, when people were afraid of even taking NC’s name, I remained loyal to the party. I don’t remember any moment when I was not with the party,” he says. “The NC is our passion and this is what I have been doing throughout my life. I raise slogans during the NC rallies out of love for the...

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