Sad end

Mufti''s dream turns Mehbooba''s nightmare

Srinagar, Publish Date: Jun 23 2018 10:00PM | Updated Date: Jun 23 2018 10:00PM
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At last the BJP pulled the rug leaving its alliance partner in a state of disbelief. What happened was not a surprise, but the way it happened was. Once we de-emotionalise the issue, we understand a plain fact. Politics is one such game where nothing is unexpected and nothing impossible. Politicians make coalitions, break coalitions and that is how the show goes on. Even though the PDP resisted the little it could, but they couldn't justify their size in the partnership. Kathua case, ceasefire, FIR revocation against the youth may be some examples of resistance which might not have gone well with their partners, but see the seed which this was the fruit of. What makes this story so distasteful is the very background in which it's been historically scripted. 

Modi-Mufti affair had almost all ingredients of Nehru-Sheikh pact. As Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah pushed his nation into the lap of a `secular democratic' republic of India, Mufti Muhammad Syed dreamt of joining `North Pole' with `South Pole' for what he presumed as `greater common good'. Sheikh saw Kashmir's future safer, better and brighter with Nehru as Mufti hoped for a more fetching bargain that he could strike with Modi. The first deal sealed our doom for good and the second proved no different. Kashmir once again stands humiliated. As long as it's Kashmir, Nehru's words reverberate once again, `democracy can wait'. And yes democracy is waiting. Still.

Kashmir-Delhi story has been compulsively cobbled together. All experiments to re-stitch have failed again and again. Delhi has been treating Kashmir – and justifiably so – as the other. Since the very nature of relationship is unnatural in itself, no facade of democracy can hide the ugly fact.  Whoever in command in Delhi, with Kashmir the scene is different. Politically, militarily, morally different. BJP did the same that earlier dispensations have done. The difference – if any - was in the manner they did it. With such utter disregard they used a regional party first as a gate pass to Kashmir (which they never have had) and then chucked it for a bigger gain. Their `justification' to break the alliance speaks of the same arrogance and force that has informed Kashmir's relationship with Delhi.

Mufti had been around. He was a home-grown, home-bred, home-made politician. Trusting the devil you know is neither wisdom nor expediency. Politics sure is `the art of the possible', but possibilities are to be explored against the lesson of the past and vision of the future. In striking a deal, Mufti lost everything. His person. His party. His people. A bad deal in the end. A father's dream finally turned a daughter's nightmare. 



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