“It takes lies to become a politician but it takes life to become a statesman”.
The perception of the common people in the highly jeopardized political entity of Jammu and Kashmir in general and Kashmir division in particular regarding politics has not seen many changes as it is the same which was developed by the post Accession socio-economic scenario.
The term politics here has been associated with the profession of treachery and deceit and the credit directly goes to its architects who have destroyed the false belief of political solution and reconciliation by playing the all famous games of political deception. The continuous political slaughter in kashmir has created an ever widening gap between a social and a political being, as the former is considered a fellow and later an alien. This has also dismantled the ideological base of the political parties which keeps changing with the change in time and space. This is evident in the fact that every party and politician in the state comes with a different theory to mould the people by giving them the Utopian prisms of Autonomy, Healing Touch, Separation and the so called development.
People too are seen in an extremely astonishing behavior on this land of confusions as it is difficult to figure out the difference in the mood of masses who turn up for a political rally and a militants funeral in the same stretch. This approach has acted as a booster in providing the more wider spaces for the political stooges to propagate the cult of political conundrum.
The all new episodes of the political stage here are so new that their actors are suffering from the initiation phobia, as they are in a fix of “how to manifest their power cum political interests in the colors of rights, rehabilitation and the Utopian freedom by be-fooling the already be-fooled” and this is something like mixing the Dubai with Delhi while keeping the distance aside.
They are on the toes for making the emotional Aam Admi (common man) of the land confused to believe that they are fighting for the rights, liberty and property of the disputed territory which is an irony in itself. Most interesting is that this is being presented in an all different way to make it a different one by using the phrases like “Protest against Coercion” and the “power of trade union” which also on the side-lines has created new game as well.
This drama has created a stage here, where only a few can express their well scripted “Man Ki Baat” others are made to give a patient listening as they are enlisted as vocal cord failures which is the most unfortunate part of the story.
Dr Khan Tawseef in a research scholor and has worked on international relations with special focus on Afganistan.
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