Impossible is nothing

They will give everything you ask for
Impossible is nothing
File Photo of election campaign

Nazir Josh – known as comedy king of Kashmir – plays apolitician in a television serial of good old times. (This is other than hisclassic Ahad Raza character – that so far has been the deepest dig at Kashmirpolitics etched in the memory of people since late '80s).  Addressing a crowd of barbers, butchers,farmers, vendors, and cart-pullers in a remote village, he reads his electionmanifesto. With it, he justifies that he – and he alone – is the candidate whodeserves to come in power. Why? Because he can offer what his rivals can't.People demand the same old Bijli, Sadak, Pani which they don't have. But theirleader promises something far greater. Here he goes:

`If you vote me to power, I will give this small villagethree airports, ten hospitals, twelve schools, twenty colleges, and twenty fiveuniversities'.

That was a master stroke on all the usual manifestos ofpoliticians who sell promises to buy votes. He knew what he is promising is apromise only. That is why he made it as big as it gets.

Over to the pledges, promises and commitments we  come across these days. Our Josh-inspiredpolitical parties even go beyond. What Josh promised may – by some fluke – cometrue. But the fairy tales they sell are even funnier.

National Conference – to whom we owe all our pain – is goingfar too ahead while laying their roadmap. They will restore what they havethemselves sold to buy their own throne. Josh promised only three airports to avillage, they promise each village its own moon, own sun, own sky – and not toforget – its own Prime Minister.

 PDP is no way behindin scripting the edited version of the old promises. They have taken the`poison' once and they paid the price. But the father `did it for people' andthe daughter had no option but to `fulfill her late father's dream'. In thisin-house parent-child co-production people had no role – except to vote. Butnow it won't be so. They will be back with a renewed force and a promise toserve Kashmir and Kashmiris.

The BJP could swear by secular traditions for the moment.But they have a bigger fish to catch in Delhi. They may not promise imaginaryairports here as they have the same to sell elsewhere for a better bargain.Indian National Congress is a disrobed king that dreams of a crown again. Theycan even promise green against the saffron – if they know it assures them thethrone.

And then those who want the oldies to be replaced. Theythink if they take over the reins, angels will descend from heavens. All badwill be replaced with all good. Justice will be done by default as you won'thave to fight to seek it.

Everyone itches for a chance and everyone should. After allpolitics is `the art of exploring the possible'. But yes `exploring thePOSSIBLE'. The problem with our politicians is while making their electionmanifesto they leap over the line of possibility. Promising the impossible isnot smart politics. We don't want to fly in the skies, we want a walk on theground.

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