Omar is good when he tweets. His greetings, condolences, condemnations or admirations make him a master tweeter. He is even better when he shoots his words at his political rivals. His dig at Mehbooba Mufti that `she is waiting for a phone call from New Delhi' is well-timed and well-made. The only bad thing about it is the direction. The taunt applies more to the man himself, (and his lineage) than to anyone around him. You can't jibe at others on something you yourself have been scrambling to get. As a well wisher I suggest you should find something where you can score – not lose – a point. This `waiting-for-Delhi' jeer (owing to its post '47 history) is unfortunately too cliched to be renewed and reshot at anyone who aspires for power in Kashmir. The edge is too blunt to cut now.
Turn just a leaf and see what was happening when you were in the chair. We are not talking about some fate-changing decisions about Kashmir, even relaxation in curfew hours was (perceived to have been) decided from New Delhi with you being the chief minister of the state. It's infact the same call from Delhi that made your grandfather from a leader to a barterer who bartered his whole struggle against the pleasure of power. It's the same call from Delhi that made him call off his struggle with a soul-selling note of apology and a promise that he will be far more loyal to the king than the king himself. And it's the same call that made him rename his political resistance as `political waywardness'. And yes, not to forget, it's the same call from Delhi that made your father reap the dividends. And if you – as the third generation chief minister – are still fancying a chance at the chair, it's all the blessings of that door-opening call from Delhi which you owe your empire to. Call from Delhi has been decisive no matter who was in the office. In this chain of call-obeying politicians of Kashmir, we can rarely find any defiant exception. I suggest you to shoot your tweets in the reverse mode.
Presume your party in the same situation as the PDP is. If she is waiting for the call (which we believe you) she is, you wouldn't even have waited. If she takes her time to fell out the things around before taking a leap, you wouldn't have lost time and leapt. Temptation for power is human and we are not searching for power-resisting saints who could prefer a majestic isolation to the pleasures of kingship. How magnanimous you may be, that will be seen as sour-grape magnanimity. Realistically speaking, the chair that looks tantalisingly close to Mehbooba Mufti falls short of miles for you. If that distance is covered by fluke, and then a call from Delhi could make it for you, tell me won't you keep you cell switched on waiting for a midnight call from Delhi? In your shoes, I would. Have your hand on your heart and tell me, wouldn't you?