NEW YORK - The man who plays a central role in organising anti-India across Indian Occupied Kashmir says that his campaign would continue until New Delhi agrees that the Himalayan State is an international dispute and it holds a plebiscite over the future of the territory. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal which took place in his hideout in Srinagar, Masarat Alam Bhat, 39, said these protests would intensify after Eid-ul-Fitr unless India offers major concessions to appease protesters who want Kashmir to be its own nation or part of Pakistan. Demonstrations seeking an end to Indias rule erupted this summer in Kashmir and, in the words of WSJ dispatch, the Indian security forces countered violently, with more than 60 civilians killed since mid-June. WSJ correspondent Tom Wright says the Indian Government claims the protests are backed by Pakistan. But Bhat conveys a picture of a movement that is homegrown and highly organised. We are hopeful and sure we will win this war, says Bhat, who rarely speaks to media, according to the dispatch. He said he changes location after every few hours to avoid arrest on charges of inciting violence. He said he isnt backed by Pakistan. Bhat uses the internet to spread his call to rise up for secession; in July, he made an impassioned video appeal, posted on YouTube, for Indian troops to leave the valley, the dispatch said. Perhaps his most significant innovation has been a 'protest calendar published in the local media that stipulates days for protests and closures of schools and shops. The calendar, which has largely been adhered to by both rural and urban Kashmiris, has brought the valley to a virtual economic standstill. People are all against India now. They will do anything, Bhat told WSJ. They will sacrifice anything. The protests have largely been low-tech, with mostly young people turning out and throwing stones at Indian forces, the dispatch said. No Indian security personnel have died, marking something of a public-relations victory for the protesters. Mass mobilisation has happened before but never so systematic, never for so long and never so widespread. Hes strategised it, Sheikh Showkat Hussain, a law professor at the University of Kashmir, was quoted as saying. The new inspector general of police, SM Sahai, confirmed authorities are seeking Bhat for playing a central role in the protests. He says he believes Bhats core supporters, unemployed youths aged under 25 years, have intimidated other Kashmiris to shut down schools and shops but that many are now tired of the closures. A senior Indian Home Ministry official was cited as saying that Bhat was more radical- and has a larger support base- than other separatist leaders. He represents the extreme form of Islamism in Kashmir, the official said, adding that his tactics will be fruitless: Were not giving in to threats. Theres no chance. Bhat - a science graduate who speaks fluent English and wears a long and unkempt beard - is the leader of a separatist party called the Muslim League, WSJ said. He is also the deputy of the hardline faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a separatist group with conservative, Islamist leanings that rejects talks with India on Kashmirs status. His group split off years ago from more moderate members, who back talks with India. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the leader of the more moderate splinter group, says the conservative movement has broad influence. Hes become an icon, a Robin Hood-type figure, Farooq was quoted as saying. But Farooq says Bhats nonstop strikes and other methods have filled young people with unrealistic expectations for independence. He also says Bhat has attempted to portray Kashmir as a religious battle between the local Muslim-majority population and Hindu-majority India. He took a radical line in terms of Kashmir being an Islamic issue, he says. We see it as a political problem. The issue of Kashmir is crucial to regional peace and even the US-led war in Afghanistan, correspondent Wright wrote. During the 1990s, more than 60,000 people died in a struggle between fighters trained and funded by Pakistan, and security forces. India largely stamped out the rebellion using hundreds of thousands of troops. India maintains more than half a million-security forces in its part of Kashmir, creating a sense of military occupation, the dispatch said. The US believes the tensions are a major reason that forces Pakistan not to deploy more troops to fight Taliban on its Afghanistan border. Bhat came to the fore just before the 'elections in 2008 as a spokesman for separatist parties during mass protests in mid-2008 against the transfer of Kashmiri land for use by Hindu pilgrims. Police fired on those protests, killing scores of people. Bhat became active in student politics in the late 1980s, after graduating from Srinagars top Protestant missionary school. He said he has spent 17 years of the past two decades in jail for separatist activities but never fought as an armed fighter. Police and Indian state officials confirm that account, saying he has been arrested only for spreading unrest. He acknowledges that he favours Kashmir ceding to Pakistan, and believes the Holy Quran should serve as the basis for law in the territory. Sahai, the police chief, claims he has evidence Bhats Muslim League receives funding and support from Pakistan-based Islamist groups. Bhat denies he has ties to Pakistani-based militant organisations or other global Islamist groups. He says he respects non-Muslims. We are not having an international agenda. We are not against America. We are against Indian occupation, says Bhat, sitting on the floor of a sparse room in a two-story brick house in Srinagars old town, a warren of narrow lanes overlooked by a Mughal-era fort. Bhat says he has been able to evade capture for three months because Indias intelligence apparatus has broken down amid the protests. If Im at large its because of the people, he says. Bhat says that for the current violence to stop, India must first agree that Kashmir is an international dispute and hold a plebiscite over the future of the territory. It must also take measures such as withdrawing troops and reforming a law that shields Indian security forces from prosecution for human-rights abuses. The Government has intimated in recent weeks it is willing to offer limited compromises, such as revisions to army-impunity laws and some troop draw-downs, but only after the current round of violence is quelled, according to the dispatch.