02 August, 2021

Fall Of BJP-PDP Govt In J&K: Abandoned In Lotus Time

The coalition finally gives way, removing the semblance of federal order in Kashmir. Now, in direct line of Centre.

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Fall Of BJP-PDP Govt In J&K: Abandoned In Lotus Time

Aiman (2) and Deeba (3), too young to understand the scope of the tragedy, sat by the body of their father, Aijaz Ahmad Shan, who was shot dead by security forces in this small hamlet in Kashmir’s Kulgam district. Outside, slogans against Mehbooba Mufti and her People’s Democratic Party (PDP) filled the air. The irony is not lost on the mourners—Noupora was once a PDP stronghold, the home of party vice president Sartaj Madani, Mehbooba’s uncle. In official records, Shan (25) would probably bec­ome just another casualty. But for the people of Noupura, his death reflects everything that is wrong with the manner the governments—both at the Centre and the state—mishandled a sensitive issue and ended up fanning anti-India sentiments in the Valley.

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