Mehmood ur Rashid
Politics in Kashmir is getting feverish. NC is ready to reap the harvest PDP prepared for it. PDP is busy rehearsing its original strokes. Then there are new entrants trying hard to displace the two parties, or at least bite away a significant chunk of this electoral space to strike a better deal in the end. Unlike earlier times, we now have Congress and BJP getting into the spaces that were excessively local – Muslim Kashmir. One immediate fall out of this is the weakening of the regional parties from within. We name them differently – Pro-India, Mainstream, Unionist, Traitors, Collaborators; but in the end all labels are misleading and problematic, nevertheless not without meaning. On the other side call of boycott is ready to be served, if not already on the table. The warnings from militant organisations are also a usual inclusion on this menu. This is largely the field setting as we warm up for the contest.
At an individual level, who votes for whom and why is a matter of choice and condition. For all these years no serious and sustained attempt was made to understand the participant’s mind, or his condition. We normally accuse him of treason, or if we are compassionate enough we give the concession of compulsion. The matter then comes to rest: or unrest!
The gossip strewn all over in our town today is no different than what it was in 2014, or even before. Nothing seems to have yielded its place, except the dangers that are coming closer and getting more treacherous. In 2014 PDP was geared to get the advantage of our fears. Now it’s NC. In 2014 PDP was busy welcoming new entrants. This time it’s NC. In 2014 PDP was accusing NC of surrendering before New Delhi, today this party is tasting its own preparation. And those of us outside the fold of electoral politics watch this…