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There was no physical intimidation that I faced in jail. However, I was kept in solitary confinement. Life in jail is itself a form of mental intimidation.
I was incarcerated for reasons that were not personal. And the reason there was an international campaign for my release is because there was — because I was incarcerated in a public cause.
You cannot access any privilege in jail; you are an equal in a way you can never be in the outside world. This may not always be very pleasant, but for me, it was interesting.
As a civil rights worker, never being in jail was a hole in my CV. But I thought it would be 10- 15 days. If I’d known it would last two years, I’d have been less sanguine.
Jail was a learning experience for me because I realised that there were hundreds and thousands of people who were unjustly kept in jail for long periods, their families and lives destroyed.
Baatcheet allows communication without physically crossing boundaries. It is a chance to start a new narrative, away from the fractured history shared between the two nations.
It is not that the dialogue is not happening. It is happening, but at the state level and in an atmosphere of chaos.
This sense of social justice and standing up for what you believe in started becoming a part of everyday life for me, just thinking about what, as individuals, we are supposed to do about issues that confront society.
I stand up for what I believe in, but I can’t fight guns.
Fear is just a line in your head. You can choose what side of that line you want to be on.
I am deeply interested in arts and music and technology and science.
Not a single soul questioned that these problems could not be solved. It was all a matter of selecting the right approach.
People are very disillusioned with mainstream politics right now. We wanted to come up with a way to put that energy to use.
I can't wait a month for each feedback, it'll take two decades!
It all started with my wife.
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