An open letter to Mufti Muhammad Syed
It's quite pathetic to know that the civilian killings have taken place in your own constituency. This is in utter disregard of human rights.
Being a senior politician of the state don’t you know about the responsibilities of an M.L.A. towards his people? There is no denying the fact that your party rose on the political scene of the valley only by using the card of human rights violations that had taken place during the tenure of National Conference. But, why today you have maintained a conspicuous silence when three young men in Islamabad town were dragged out and brutally put to death. You should not remain under this impression that the people do not understand the reality behind this kind of politics. However, they had no choice while reacting to the alienation against National Conference and consequently they opted for your PDP. By maintaining the silence you are basically keeping your masters at New Delhi in good humor because as an experienced politician you are fully conscious about the fact that it is only New Delhi’s blessings which finally determine the fate of power politics in the border State of Jammu and Kashmir.
For several reasons our state is passing through an era of political degeneration. The politicians have turned merchants and political values are fast eroding. This kind of politics evolved since 1953 again for several reasons. We need empowerment, but what we are getting is a sense of defeat on all counts.
It is saddening that still you do a good lip service to democracy and democratic values where as you have not come out of feudal and autocratic approach to politics. A common man had pinned high hope with your leadership, but he feels badly let down. The human rights violations in your home constituency and your silence as an MLA. is a shock. We expect you to stand up and fight. After all it's the question of human life. We need politicians who plead the case of their people, not those who resort to political and emotional blackmail. We know your party has taken up the issue of human rights with the Centre. We know that you as an opposition leader are playing your role, but we want you play a role as MLA which is your fundamental mandate.
Dr. M.Y. Ganai
Department of History
University of Kashmir
Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Jul 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Jul 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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