This refers to Omar Abdullah's twitter message on the PDP protest. “Well done PDP. If your “protests” were meant to scare us then brrrrrr we are terrified”.
Protests, in a liberal democracy are not meant to terrify the ruling party but to highlight basic issues concerning the people. Protesters are not terrorists out to terrify, but citizens participating in the political process. Omar Abdullah and his party National Conference no longer make this distinction now. Which is why even the thousands of grieving devotees of Dastgeer sahib were put under curfew for five
days. When such legitimate peaceful protests are repressed like National Conference did in 1989, people are left with no option but to take recourse to violence as in the 1990s.
If the Shopian double murder, 120 killings of youth, Haji Yusuf murder, cricket scam, and the burning of Dastgeer Sahib’s shrine doesn’t terrify Omar Abdullah, the protest by people on basic issues of bijli, sadak, pani hardly ever will.
Since this is the juvenile manner in which the Chief Minister of the most sensitive state and the icon of a political family scoffs at round level issues and non violent protests on basic issues. It is the people of Kashmir who have reason to be terrified about their future and the future of their state.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 5 Jul 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 5 Jul 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 6 Jul 2012 00:00:00 IST
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