July-September 2002 Issue
Fusion of multi
tiny specks of Pranav which pervades the Universe in the shape of OM. A
drawing by Late Radha Krishen Kaul (Kotha), retired Asstt. Engineer of
Bal Garden, Srinagar (Originally of Rainawari). Shri Kotha passed away
in September 1994 at Delhi
The glaring result of the recent election in Jammu & Kashmir was that
Abdullah family was shown the door after 27 years of rule or call it misrule
in the State. Unfortunately, 'Kaun Banega Mukhyamantri', tussle between
the Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, evaporated even the chance
of coalition government coming to power in the State. Dr. Abdullah from
day one said that his party having lost the trust of the people, would
sit in opposition and let the new government function without any hassle.
Meanwhile the power-hungry parties demonstrated that they neither have
any concern for the sanctity of the mandate nor for the enormous sacrifice
made by the people braving bullets in the election. The people who wanted
an alternate government and had voted for it, though in a fractured manner,
felt betrayed and deceived.
The astute politician, Dr. Farooq
gleefully was watching the situation and he played his, though constitutionally
correct, card at 11.00 PM in the night of 17th October by declining to
continue as the care-taker Chief Minister, which left the Governor with
no choice but to invoke Governor's Rule in the State. Taken aback by Dr.
Farooq's role, both the Congress and the PDP started showering all the
possible invectives on the spoil-sport Dr. Farooq, forgetting their uncompromising
attitude for the ascendancy to the power chair, which brought situation
to this mess.
Whatever would be the fate of J&K
in the coming weeks vis-a-vis Government formation, the recent elections
garnered a goodwill for both the State and the Centre for holding and conducting
elections in free and fair manner. This notwithstanding the threat of militancy,
the boycott call given by Hurriyat and Panun Kashmir.
As far we Kashmiri Pandits
are concerned, Shri Raman Mattoo who was kept in humour by the National
Conference by assuring him a mandate from Habba Kadal constituency, which
for domestic squabbles, we are told, was later dropped, forcing him to
stand as an independent candidate. There were as many as half a dozen more
Kashmiri Pandit candidates who had accepted mandate from one or the other
party demonstrating amply our 'crab mentality'. The Delhi migrants, defying
the boycott call of Panun Kashmir exercised their franchise through postal
ballot. If there were not six other candidates between whom the Delhi votes
got divided, Shri Mattoo would have won with a better margin.
It is sad that our leaders could
not come on one platform even in the pre-election period to chalk out their
strategy. Some of them, though very late in the day, toyed with the idea
of representation in exile, while some fell to the bait of Dr. Farooq,
who assured them three seats in the State Vidhan Sabha. Yet some thought
it prudent to meet the President Dr. Kalaam to apprise him about the plight
of the community, although these leaders are fully aware that President
in no manner can influence the Executive in such extraneous matters. While
Panun Kashmir met the President with one brief, the President of Kashmiri
Samiti, Delhi had met him with a brief totally at variance with Panun Kashmir.
Between ourselves, I think even the
scientist turned President must be having a last laugh on the 'Fusion Problems'
of our miniscule community.