Politicians In Kashmir Think Public Memory Is Short

SRINAGAR — Whether public mem­ory is short in Kashmir or politi­cians here think it really is, needs an answer. It seems the politi­cians, especially those in the mainstream, believe that people don’t remember things they did or said during their tenures and what they say or do when out of power. And they think like Sufis, this too shall pass.

Most of the mainstream Kashmiri politicians think they would be remembered for what they presume are good deeds. For them, the rest is ancient his­tory, not worth remembering. For example, the opening of Sri­nagar-Muzaffarabad road by the PDP-led government in 2005 is a recent development for the party and it still sees it as a great beginning. However, the party thinks that its alliance with the BJP in 2014 is ancient history.

Similarly, Sajad Gani Lone’s Peoples Conference (PC) pre­sumes that people have forgot­ten its pre-poll alliance with the BJP ahead of the 2014 elections and now it should be remem­bered only as a “pro-change” party. In a similar way, Meh­booba Mufti remembers only 2010 when Omar Abdullah was the Chief Minister and around 112 protesters were killed. And Abdullah remembers only 2016 when nearly 100 protesters were killed and thousands of others were wounded. Depend­ing on the situation, Lone re­members either 2010 or 2016 and reminds Abdullah and Meh­booba of it. But at the same time, he presumes that people don’t remember he was an ally of the BJP in the PDP-led government.

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