Don't Look for the Moss on a Rolling Stone
Why is Mehbooba Mufti nowadays visiting the militant families and apologizing the people for her past deeds and remarks? Why is she terming the slain militants as martyrs? Is it that she wanted the support of people to repeat her previous activities or the fulfillment of leftover dreams of her father?
As the assembly elections of 2019 are around the corner, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti has once again started to use her old tactics to gain the sympathy of the people. Just wondering aren't these tactics included in the dreams of her father which Miss Mufti is trying to fulfill! She has started to visit the families of militants and shed some tears with them. It should not be taken as a surprise because she has done this in past also.
She used the same strategy before 2014 assembly elections for gaining the ground which was slowly and stealthily loosening from the grip of National Conference. She used to visit the militant families in the far off places and condole the demise of their wards. In the mass agitation of 2010, when over 120 civilians were killed in the N.C lead government, she used to wail in the assembly and threw his torso anywhere on the road in Srinagar city where there would be a good media vigil to make the people believe that she is their true savior.
She hasn't left the home of anyone unvisited among the victims of the gory year of 2010 but what happened in 2016 when her party was in power is not that important for her. Because they were killed while fulfilling the dream of late Mufti Muhammad Sayed.
In 2009, she was seen on the roads holding the pictures of Asiya and Nelofer and many times broken in the assembly while demanding justice for the duo. All this appeared to be a drama which subdued subsequently after they came to power in 2014. The killing cycle which was left incomplete by N.C was carried forward by her government and her tear springs slowly dried down.
The governor of the state S.P Malik rightly termed her recent visits to the deceased families in Pulwama and Shopian as her political compulsion where she demanded the action against the harassment of the militant families. There is not an iota of sympathy and generosity visible in her visits but malice and deceit. Because her regime not only saw the consumption of militants but civilians, policemen and non state subjects as well. If she term one as martyr, then what should other be called?
One wonders about the fickle nature of Miss Mufti which changes faster than the weather in Kashmir. She is synonymous to the rolling stone which scarcely gets a moss over it. The sympathy for the militants and their families evoked in her should not be taken as a surprise because the long history of inscrutable politics with the trail of betrayals is before the people.
BJP on the other hand is not glorified in the valley, but unlike N.C and P.D.P, they are not double minded hypocrites. They are straight forward with a clear strategy. Now when Mehbooba Mufti again started showing sympathy towards the pellet victims and militants terming them as the collective loss of nation, BJP reminds her of the toffee remark she made in the mass uprising of 2016, when a minor was pierced by bullets who had gone to an army camp with a stone in his hand. Amid exposing her, BJP has shown Miss Mufti her real place.
Miss Mufti claims that all this was done for the care of children who were pushed towards the army camps and police stations by some people for their vested interests. But when a child does something wrong, he should be rebuked and refrained from repeating the same activity. Moreover some concrete steps and initiatives should be taken to halt his extreme destructive steps. This is called care. Not an arrogant remark of "Has he gone to fetch the toffee!" Where is care in this remark for the children who are consumed on the daily basis?
The care was never visible in the five years of their regime. They started their government by ditching the people when they allied with BJP in 2014. They took the mandate of people to keep BJP out of the state and later on joined hand with the same party to form the government. All they cared about was the chair and scarcely gave a hoot about the people who voted them to power.
The condition of the local populace during their regime remained the same as in N.C lead government, rather worsened a bit. They drastically fail to emancipate the people out of this conundrum. Their only concern now is to regain the faith of the people in their party. Apologies, visits and martyr remarks are nothing. There is lot more to come.
Author is the student of English Literature at Aligarh Muslim University. He hails from Frisal Kulgam and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org