• Short Summary

    SHEIKH ABDULLAH, THE FORMER KASHMIR PREMIER WAS GIVEN A TUMULTOUS WELCOME HE RETURNED TO SRINAGAR, ON MONDAY.

  • Description

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    GV BANNER "OUR DEMAND PLEBISCITE"
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    2.
    SV CROWD
    0.08

    3.
    SV ABDULLAH BEING GARLANDED (3 SHOTS)
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    4.
    GV CROWDS
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    5.
    GV ABDULLAH TALKING TO CROWD (2 SHOTS)
    0.29

    6.
    GV CROWD
    0.32

    7.
    SV ABDULLAH TALKING
    0.39

    8.
    GV CROWD
    0.41

    9.
    GV ABDULLAH IN TRUCK PAST CROWD
    0.49

    10.
    GV BANNER "OUR LEADER SHERIKA"
    0.53

    11.
    SV PEOPLE SITTING ON TOP OF TELEGRAPH POLES
    0.57

    12.
    GV ABDULLAH IN TRUCK
    1.00

    13.
    LV DITTO
    1.07

    14.
    GV BANNER "OUR DEMAND PLEBISCITE"
    1.11

    15.
    GV ABDULLAH IN TRUCK PASSING CROWD (3 SHOTS)
    1.20

    17.
    SV CROWD
    1.22

    18.
    GV CROWD SURROUND TRUCK
    1.36



    Initials GEM/VS/CR/ES



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    Background: SHEIKH ABDULLAH, THE FORMER KASHMIR PREMIER WAS GIVEN A TUMULTOUS WELCOME HE RETURNED TO SRINAGAR, ON MONDAY. IT WAS HIS RETURN HOME AFTER NEARLY THREE YEARS OF DETENTION BY THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT.

    MILLING CROWDS CHANTING SLOGANS AND WAVING BANNERS DEMANDING AN IMMEDIATE PLEBISCITE FOR KASHMIR GREETED THE SKEIKH, KNOWN AS THE LION OF KASHMIR, AS HE DROVE IN A DECORATED TRUCK FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE CITY.

    IN A SPEECH HE TOLD THE CHEERING CROWDS THAT KASHMIR BELONGED TO THE KASHMIRIS, AND THEY ALONE COULD DECIDE ITS FUTURE. THE SHEIKH HAS SPENT MUCH OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON.

    HE WAS FIRST DETAINED BEFORE INDEPENDENCE BY THE MAHARAJAH WHO RULED KASHMIR BECAUSE HE BACKED THE INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT IN INDIA. EVENTUALLY HE BECAME THE FIRST PREMIER OF KASHMIR, BUT BY 1953 HE'D BEGUN TO FAVOUR SOME SORT OF INDEPENDENCE FOR THE STATE AND WAS GAOLED BY THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT. SINCE THEN, HE'S HAD ONLY ONE YEAR OF FREEDOM.

    WHEN HE WAS RELEASED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR MRS. INDIRA GANDHI SAID THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT HAD FREED HIM "AS AN EXPERIMENT". IN A SPEECH UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN INDIA AND KASHMIR, HE SAID THE STRENGTH OF KASHMIR DEPENDED ON THEIR STRENGTH.

    SYNOPSIS: BIG CROWDS... AND DEMANDS FOR AN IMMEDIATE PLEBISCITE FOR KASHMIR...WERE WAITING AT THE AIRPORT TO WE COME SHEIKH ABDULLAH BACK FROM THREE YEARS OF DETENTION IN INDIA.

    THE PEOPLE HAD TURNED OUT TO WELCOME THE MAN WHO WAS THE FIRST PREMIER OF KASHMIR... HE'S KNOWN AS THE LION OF KASHMIR.

    IT WAS HIS RETURN HOME AFTER HIS RELEASE IN JANUARY THIS YEAR... MRS INDIRA GANDHI SAID THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT HAD SET HIM FREE "AS AN EXPERIMENT". HE DROVE INTO SRINAGAR IN A DECORATED TRUCK, THOUSANDS MORE PEOPLE LINING THE ROUTE.

    KASHMIRIS WERE DETERMINED TO GLIMPSE THE MAN WHO HAS LONG BEEN THEIR HERO... AND SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON AS A RESULT. HE WAS FIRST DETAINED BEFORE INDIAN INDEPENDENCE BY THE MAHARAOAH WHO THEN RULED KASHMIR. AFTER INDEPENDENCE HE WAS THE FIRST PREMIER OF THE STATE, BUT IN 1953 HE BEGAN TO FAVOUR SOME SORT OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MOSLEM KASHMIRIS. THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT GAOLED HIM THEN, AND HE'S HAD ONLY ONE YEAR OF FREEDOM SINCE. IN A SPEECH YESTERDAY HE SAID THE STRENGTH OF KASHMIR LAY IN THE STRENGTH OF ITS NEIGHBOURS, INDIA AND PAKISTAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA40EL6ELO1PTF3S2YC57WUY17O
    Media URN:
    VLVA40EL6ELO1PTF3S2YC57WUY17O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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