To my amazement, the very next night when I got some access to news channels, there wasn’t even a hint of the news. The controversy had disappeared like a flash in the pan.
There are two major areas of concerns, first the statement it self. Mufti Mohammad Syed is better known as a former CM of the state with the most media-covered point of his life being the kidnapping incident of his daughter Rubiya Syed and she getting freed in return of few terrorists getting released. I don’t comment if bowing down the demands of terrorists was correct that too by a leader who is supposed to lead by examples. Most of us would have done what he did. But as soon as the nation bowed down, Mufti owed a lot to the nation – irrespective of even if his loyalties are not with us assuming the conspiracy theories don’t prove that it was all a well staged drama. Assuming it was not, one expects better responsibilities form such a person. But the expectations were belied when I heard him demanding “common currency” for the state of J&K which we so proudly have been announcing over the years to be integral part of the nation. At least we believe in it, others and ground reality might be otherwise. Mufti’s statement blatantly exposes a scary truth – presence of pro Pakistani population in J&K. Because in this age if you want to gauge the real trends of demographics of a particular region, see what politicians are promising. Which is why OBC quota has suddenly become the bigger tool for the social reforms after Raja Ram Mohan Rai’s or Mahatma Gandhi’s efforts in their days for the betterment of the society? Common currency demand clearly showcases that our politicians believe it’s perennially important to woo the existing pro-Pakistani public in J&K because it’s a sizable chunk and it’s not at all an integral part of
The second area of concern was the speed at which the issue died down. Here was someone demanding the acceptance of currency (which is the lifeline of any nation’s economy, of
Hail the politics and its coverage, to hell with the rest!!!