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Space for liberals is fast shrinking in today’s Kashmir and to curb dissension, bullets seem the favoured answer
 


Prof. Bhat

Srinagar: One of most abiding mysteries of Kashmiri politics is the love state’s Separatist (and without exception conservative Muslim) politicians have for the Indian right-wing politicians. From the weaver of fantastical and expansive Kashmiri narrative, Professor Abdul Ghani Bhat to reticent and forever hedging his bets, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the common refrain is that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government is more likely to resolve the Kashmir issue than the Congress-led.

Nasir Sogami and MirwaizRecently, the president of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohammed Sayeed (whose only stint as the state chief minister was in an alliance with the Congress party a few years back) lent his voice to the chorus. In a media interaction in Srinagar, Sayeed said that BJP-led NDA government had a better understanding of the Kashmir issue than the Congress and that it took greater steps towards resolution, quickly fanning speculations that the party is seeking some sort of an agreement with the BJP before the General Elections. Interestingly, till autumn 2013, Sayeed (a former Congressman himself and Union home minister) has consistently refuted any truck with the BJP, calling Congress his ‘natural ally’. But with Congress deciding to go along with the current political partner and PDP rival, National Conference, apparently Sayeed was forced to find virtue where earlier he saw none.
 
 
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