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 dont 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 Lones 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 dont remember he was an ally of the BJP in the PDP-led government.
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