I have, by chance, come across two brief interviews with Sheikh Abdullah recorded in the 1960s. Both appear to have been BBC interviews - probably for BBC radio. They both offer real insight into his character and political outlook - and are as revealing of the man as of the movement he led.
Sheikh Abdullah: March 1965
This interview with Sheikh Abdullah, conducted by William Clark, took place in London, three days after his arrival in the UK.
What asked what Kashmiris are seeking he replies: 'They feel that the future of the Kashmir state must rest in their hands'. He insists that Kashmiris view the accession to India as provisional. He is asked whether he would like to see a plebiscite to decide whether Kashmir should be part of India or Pakistan and responds: 'Or take another course' - a clear indication of his preference for independence.
Sheikh Abdullah: January 1968
As you might expect for someone just released from jail, Sheikh Abdullah is circumspect about politics and his personal plans - but at one point he remarks of the chief Minister, G.M. Sadiq, and his government: 'I consider them quislings'.
Sheikh Abdullah on Sunil Khilnani's 'Incarnations' series