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Mehbooba – More sinned against than sinning






By B L Saraf




BJP has walked out of the Mehbboba led PDP- BJP alliance government . The Party felt that “ rise of terrorism , radicalization and sense of neglect felt by people in Jammu and Ladakh ” has made “ it untenable for it to continue with the alliance .”


Many felt that PDP – BJP alliance was doomed to fail . It was marriage of convenience based essentially on the “ Doctrine of Inevitability “ . J& K needed a popular government : Arithmetic helped the cause of alliance .
It is interesting to note that while making the withdrawal statement BJP gave impression that it has floored a government led by a opposition party, and not the one of which it was an integral part . The party seems to have glossed over the fact that if Mehbooba has failed in governing the state so has the BJP . Blame has to be equally shared . At no time did we get indication that BJP was not comfortable with the PDP . Nor did we hear BJP Ministers complaining that their say in the governmental affairs was curtailed or denied . All we heard from the BJP cadre was that their Ministers didn’t respond to them , neither did they attend to the problems faced by the people in Jammu . It was in public domain that BJP MLAs were after one another in the race to get a cabinet berth . And were grumbling for not having got a lucrative port folio .



It was only in the last month that BJP High Command bowed to the demand of its disgruntled M L A s and accommodated them in the sate cabinet after relieving some , besides having swapped posts of Assembly Speaker and the DY C M , to full fill the personal ambitions . People in Jammu complained against their own ministers who left them to fend for themselves in the blistering heat and humid weather conditions . BJP in general and its ministers in particular totally shunned the people . Today , we have MOS in the central government , MP from Udhampur ,admitting that there is resentment among Jammu people against the BJP and tried to justify it as “ sympathetic criticism .”


The knowledgable view BJP’s sudden change of heart , to ditch its own state government , as an attempt to shore up its dwindling political fortunes in the mainland . They predict BJP drumming up its “ so called ‘Masculine approach ‘ , which Central government may adopt in Kashmir to restore normalcy , as ploy to win 2019 Lok Sabha election .



It is a tragedy that Kashmir has always been seen as a political laboratory by the central political parties and exploited to have gains in the elections , elsewhere .
J &K can ill afford a rule by the Centre . It is a complex political entity . What happens in Kashmir reverberates around the globe . The dastardly murder of a noted journalist in Srinagar, on the Idd eve has brought Kashmir back in the head lines of world media . Then there is a latest Human Rights report of a world body to contend with . G OI may have debunked the report but it will throw Kashmir back on the talking table of many countries .




It is highly imperative that stream of democracy flows freely . Governor’s rule has to be short lived. . All political forces must act in that direction .In the interregnum attempt must be made to allow sanity to rerun . It is not a good news that people of the state have not reacted to the latest development . Their silence speaks volumes . Given the volatile nature of Valley’s politics and highly activated fault lines , hostility to the Central rule may appear soon from the quarters welcoming it now , negating what good may have come in-between .



Both PDP and BJP must pause a while and think why this time there were no mourners on the demise of their government . People in J& K , generally ,had a sigh of relief at the fall of Mehbboba led government . Why is it so that no section of the society is satisfied with the demised government . Pandits have lot to complain against the BJP . After exploiting their miseries to the hilt , across the country to garner votes , when time came BJP ditched the displaced community .



For Mehbooba Mufti it could be a blessing in disguise . Let her sit back and introspect what went wrong , now that BJP baggage is off her back . Same holds true for BJP . State needs Political parties .


For PM Modi , Kashmir has many lessons . It must be dealt with sensitivity , imagination , regard for history and the geography. Kashmir in its pristine glory must be showcased : not the one subdued by “ masculine approach .”


(The author is a Former Principal District & Sessions Judge. Feedback- [email protected] )



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