SRINAGAR, Sept. 17 -- "Home minister is lying on the floor of parliament that I am free. I remain under house arrest. A big lock has been put on my gate," former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah told the media from the balcony of his house on August 7, two days into the revocation of the Article 370 which granted the state special status within Indian Union. He said his son Omar Abdullah, also the former Chief Minister, was in jail.

And then Abdullah's eyes welled up, his voice choked.

"This is not the India we know. We pray for the return of democracy and secularism in the country," he said,

Abdullah continued: "I may die because of my health. But we will fight (for the restoration of our autonomy). We will fight in c...