So here we are. Awaiting aimlessly the popular government to take up! Last time it took the PDP and the BJP three long months to weave the Agenda of Alliance before they mounted the throne of power. Now, the very Agenda of Alliance— `the sacred document' they would call— has become contentious so much so that the common ground seems to be eluding the both.
Coalition governments have an uncanny knack: No matter how much love the partners may have, or exude, for each other, it takes quite little sometimes for the relation to break. But equally true is it that even if running on the last thread, the partners still pose to handle and manage it efficiently. The stink in the room, they believe, is no problem so long as the whiff is not allowed to go off. But can they really have the monopoly over the sneezing noses always?
True, they did it quite tactfully for about a year; but only to allow the things to go more egregious. Seemingly, one of them ambitious enough to prove the experiment of 'going against the tide' a 'success', chose quite often to be more 'docile' in the 'north pole-south pole hug!
No matter how intensively divisive politics running appallingly against the lofty ideals of Kashmir's composite culture as also against the constitutional framework of India, played by its partner, the PDP — the docile, continued yielding the space. Perhaps it was its way of announcing 'confidence building measures.'
The route charted by the coalition would soon become difficult to traverse for both— or at least for the docile one— was a foregone conclusion for quite some time now. It was only the question of when not why, particularly after the voices of dissent from within came out in the open.
The present scenario is this: The state is in a rut, the PDP in a catch 22 situation. Current spectacle is perhaps sombre than it was a year back when the PDP had almost every party other than the one it hugged finally, ready for unconditional support to help it realize its pre-poll promise of "keeping the BJP at a bay."
With quite little for the BJP to lose in the present game should the PDP decline to re-enter into the coalition, there are no more freebies for the People Democratic Party. Sorry, the boot is on the other foot. The NC patron Farooq Abdullah has rolled the dice in what can politically be called a well played stroke. His statement 'will consider tie-up if BJP offers' could not wholly be disregarded an impulsive outburst.
That is not the end of the matter either. The vibes given out by the PDP about being grumpy about the treatment given to the Agenda of Alliance by its former coalition partner has put a question mark on its partnering with the BJP for almost a year, and made its onward journey even more difficult. It would find it hard to form the government with the BJP again without getting from it any substantial assurance capable of being sellable to the people of Kashmir.
There are astute minds in the PDP who somehow feel that the party in its politics has come closer to the NC in that like the latter had ditched the people of Kashmir many a time in the past, it too shut its eyes to the "real mandate" the electorate in Kashmir had given it. Politics, even of convenience and expediency, has some principles. Deprived of such principles, it loses its force, it loses its appeal.
It would require exceptionally perceptive political minds in the PDP to explain and justify the future course of action by the party in both cases: Whether it charts or parts the ways with the BJP.
Let us see the issue from another angle. Can Kashmir, a sensitive state, be made victim of long political uncertainties. This state needs a stable government at least to deal with the plethora of post-flood problems rather than to witness the political razzmatazz. Those who don't want to burn the fingers for nothing must know that burning the fingers even for something cannot be politically a wise idea.
Traders are again on roads. People in general are clamouring for necessary political intervention to prevent loss of life and property from any possible future floods, earthquakes or any other natural or manmade calamities.
Those who claim to be the representatives of the people, it is time they sat up, rose to the occasion. Let us all play positive politics at least for the sake of people. Let us not play politics for our own loaves and fishes.