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india Updated: Nov 19, 2008 01:21 IST
Ashutosh Sapru

At Sumbal in Kashmir we approached men on the street to know their views on the issues they feel for strongly. This is what they have to say:

Farooq Mustafa, 23, Student

Once I complete my graduation I want to be a teacher. I will teach kids to fight against zulum (suppression). India is troubling me, army beat me up for not casting vote. "Jammuriyat nizam hoga, tab inshalla umeed hai" (Once true democracy comes to Kashmir, then one can hope for better).

Imtiaz Ahmed Dar, 46, Govt employee

Freedom is better for all as it will bring an end to unemployment. Gun se koi masla hal nahi hoga, baatcheet se masla hal hona chaheye (Gun is no solution to any problem, dialogue will resolve problems. Everyone in India looks at us suspiciously.

"I boycotted the polls"

Did not want to be photographed

Mohamed Yakub Bhat (19) Works at an eating joint

"No election, no selection, we want freedom" is our slogan. I wanted to vote yesterday but somebody else had done it already. I was a first time voter."

Arshid Ahmed (23) BA Ist Year

We have fifteen people in our family who are educated. None of us have jobs. We cannot pay bribe. Rates have been fixed to get a job of Rs 5,000 salary. Ministers demand Rs one lakh for a job. Aazadi chahiye, bahout rojgar milega.

Tariq Abdhul Hamid Mir (12) student

"Aazadi chahiye". I don't know the meaning of it. I want to become a doctor and serve patients.