Does PUF echo MUF?

Can we call it an alliance of hope?
Does PUF echo MUF?

The Jammu   and  Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM ) headed byShah Feisal  and  Er. Rashid's Awami Ittehad  Party have    made  an alliance to fight election for the next Assembly in the State  and named it  as   Peoples United Front    – PUF.   The leaders told the media that the alliance has been   necessitated by the " ongoing political uncertainty in the state, apprehension about the assault on its special status andabsence of any credible political alternative in the state that could addressboth political vacuum and lack of good governance." These are standard wordsuttered by every politician who deserts  the   ship, or wants to create    his ownpolitical outfit.

PUF reminds us of MUF of 1987. The agenda of    PUF outlined  by the  leaders alleys  fears  that, except for  the rhyme, PUF  won't  match with the MUF of 1987, in as much as  the mew alliance  has  an inclusive character. We     hope the   government agencies  will not deal with this  politicalcombination  the  way   they   dealt with the MUF  in Assembly  elections of   1987, whose  disastrous side effects we are   still   reeling under.

 The  political actors   in the state  have behaved in such a manner  as to make people  really  cynical and weary about their intentions. The two leaders, therefore,must  convince  a common man  about genuineness of the move.  ErRashid has been in the business for a while now, Shah Faisal   being new entrant to the game of politics,  may have to face some odd questions. Questions which in normalcourse   won't   be asked. But we live in  abnormalworld.  People say  why  there is mushrooming of  politicaloutfits in the Valley, only. True to our habit of finding 'conspiracy ' everywhere,    the theory is making  circles about emergence of  JKPM and  PUF.  People asking questions can't be faulted.   Apprehensions are not  misplaced. GoI   did   try   to introduce  so many ' stake holders 'and extraneous   factors    to the  K  problem, only to deflect the real  issue.Attempt is  still  on.

  Despite     the  relentless military action,   security situation in Kashmir has  shown  no signs of the improvement. Violence   continues to devour young and old.  Somedaydialogue process will have to start. It is becoming  problematic; who will  hold dialogue  on behalf of Kashmiris. True, PM  Modi  has  so far  betrayed no sign of beingin urgency to have a dialogue   but,given the  rising  death toll of civilians and the security forces, it can't be   the usual business for long. Other  option  must be exercised.  Someone will have to be  located  to start talking   with, soonerthan later, to find a  way ahead.  To be fair,  many a ' stake holder ' have ruled themselves out   for their  espousal of a  blatant one  sided view.  Having let loose NIA  after  some prominent   Separatists, Modi  can't be seen talking  to them, so soon. 

It is heartening to note that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq      has   urged Centre  to holddialogue,  to which   he  will respond    positively.Governor  Malik has  appreciated the stand.

Hurriyat  never  conceded a right to the NC and PDP   to  speak for Kashmiris.  In turn,  later    denied  former     the sole agency torepresent the people in the Valley – for not having  a verifiable  mandate from them.    Centre  has same argument to  exclude the separatist from the scene. Thoughnone can deny   that both Syed AliShah  Geelani and Mirwaiz  Umar Farooq command a huge  following  in Kashmir and some  places beyond the Valley.  For sure, no peace effort  will succeed in absence of their Ashirwaad  –explicit or  implicit.

It is a good omen that young and educated  are joining  politics. It is naturalthat old and entrenched political  forces feel threatened. The  threat isreal for those who treat political  partyas  a propertied     concern, managed bythe family   that  shows  utter disregard  for theaspirations and sensitivities of a common man. While  there is no denying that NC, PDP   and other Valley  specific political parties have a role toplay,  space has to be made forothers  to bring in fresh ideas   and to jolt those  who claim it their  hereditary right to   rule us. They must be thrown  out of the comfort zone.

 PM   Modi and Amit Shah are galloping in thepolitical   landscape of the country.Well, none can deny them a right to spread political wings  across India    – J & K   included. We have  only to tell them that    their political march to the  Valley   must be   conditioned  with due regard for  the Constitutional  provisions that   underline   Centre – State relations. This   must betold to them in    one voice, keepingaside egos and petty political interests.

We trust    Er   Rashid and Shah Faisal won't    drive us   to North  Pole  – South  Pole  convergence   in the aftermath of  Assembly   elections.  

(B  L Saraf is theformer Principal  District & SessionsJudge)


It is a good omen that young and educated  are joining  politics. It is naturalthat old and entrenched political forces  feel threatened.

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