Published April 19th, 2017 by

An election without a mandate, but with a message!

Farooq Abdullah is here to represent the people of Srinagar Parliamentary constituency. The constituency with little less than thirteen lakh registered voters will be represented by a politician who managed to earn the approval of only forty-eight and half thousands of voters. Many people in Kashmir would call it a sham election and several others will invoke the element of coercion, rigging and what not. And yes a few having their own political interests at stake and would interpret it as the accomplishment of the democratic process. Obviously, in a conflicting state of affairs where the political situation is awfully fluid, every stakeholder is compelled to derive a conclusion of his liking. However, at the end of present balloting where eight young people were bulleted to death and hundreds injured the elections conveyed a clear verdict of extreme anger and a choice beyond votes. Read More Loud and Clear!

Published April 4th, 2017 by

They have made politics a dubious affair…

Srinagar and Anantnag by-elections have again set the election ball rolling in a big way. Many political pundits considered this election a referendum for PDP, BJP coalition, a coalition that raised many eyebrows from the day one. And for National Conference (NC), Congress alliance it is a tough struggle for existence. This election beyond effective alliances and party performance is more important for Farooq Abdullah and Tassaduq Mufti. Farooq Abdullah with the huge political legacy of his late father Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and his personal investment in Kashmir politics has a lot at stake that too in the backdrop of his earlier debacle in last parliamentary elections at the hands of Tariq Hamid Qarra his onetime bitter rival, now a very close supporter. Whereas for Tassaduq Mufti scion of Mufti family this maiden election will decide his political future. Read More On turncoats

Published January 11th, 2017 by

Prof. Bhat and the art of weaving yesterday into tomorrow!

True to his distinctive characteristic of habitual quietness Professor Abdul Ghani Bhat in his autobiography   ‘Beyond me’ has conveyed a lot about his personal life without making much noise. In a unique style of his trademark articulation professor has used words in a much philosophical way to relate his personal experience of transition from rustic village childhood to higher echelons of knowledge and societal order. He has been quite generous while using words and his mastery of relating things in a matchless style while describing characters and describing evolving situations around him during last five decades of his active life. Read More Beyond Me

Published December 14th, 2016 by

That sums up the whole scene of Kashmir politics.

Recently Farooq Abdullah a prominent political figure in Kashmir ruffled many political feathers by offering support to Hurriyat Conference. A strong advocate of finality of Kashmir’s integration with union of India, Farooq not only surprised, but amazed many Indian politicians.  Kashmir politics is so complicated that even Unite Nations for almost seven decades was unable to find a reasonable way-out. Pakistan and India too suffered of this complex situation and in future there seems no light at the end of long tunnel of hostilities.

Undoubtedly, Kashmir and Kashmiries are the worst victims of this intricate political scenario. After 1947 Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah then undisputed leader of Kashmiris was the only political force that could steer the Kashmir politics. However, after 1953 coup d’état several other political non-entities became compulsive stake holders in Kashmir politics. This situation lasted till Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah in 1975 (by then misunderstood by most of his detractors as irrelevant) joined back the political arena of Kashmir with several political compromises and later surprised all by sweeping 1977 assembly elections. With Sheikh’s reinvigorated political capability all premeditated political parties and politicians lost relevance before towering personality and politics of Sheikh Abdullah. Though, after his death in 1982 all irrelevant politicians again started resurging; find some space for themselves and give a tough time to Sheikh Abdullah’s political successor Farooq Abdullah. Read More The theatre of the absurd

Published October 26th, 2016 by

Whatever the situation, government employees are the ultimate victims!

Present unrest in Kashmir has now been completely overtaken by ego and stubbornness on all sides. There seems to be no breakthrough at any level and stake holders are engaged in exploring the ‘fatigue factor’. And in this experimentation of testing each other’s nerves only common-man is suffering badly. In this game of nerves state being a systematized entity with comprehensive powers has huge responsibility to safeguard the interests of its subjects in accordance to the existing laws. And in this structure of authority government can run its writ only through its vast network of employees, ranging from powerful bureaucrats to humble field workers. Collectively, all government employees are ultimate instruments of governance. So, rightly speaking no government can run without the active participation or support of employees. The police and law enforcing agencies too are integral part of government employees as a whole. Read More The employees’ unrest

Published October 9th, 2016 by

Three months unrest smeared with blood and unabated mayhem is a huge tragedy. Kashmir is bruised beyond recognition! Its beautiful scenery, economic health and its people have suffered a lot. How Kashmir and its people are sustaining this cruel situation of hardships, only Divinity can decode the secret? This despairing period of three months has taken toll of more than three decades of our pleasure. Amid turmoil, days become longer and nights more scary. Fear-psychosis overpowers sense of reasoning and logic and you become impaired—devoid of ability to make correct decisions. This mired situation of confused state of mind and body drags deep into the oblivions of miseries; minds get jammed and channels of wisdom clogged. And in such situation of despair when every Kashmiri irrespective of his position and standing is torn between sufferings and survival many people make political and materialistic hay while the proverbial sun of turmoil shines. Read More Kashmir—The over exploited paradise.