27 November, 2020

Setting Free The Bugbears

The new government starts by meeting one of its pre-poll promises. Can it deliver on the rest? More Coverage

Setting Free The Bugbears
Closer up, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has stepped into the shoes of his guru and political mentor, the late CM Gulam Mohammed Sadiq. The Mufti was introduced to state politics by Sadiq in the '60s when he held the reins of the troubled state in the aftermath of the Hazratbal agitation. It was in 1964 that Sadiq had coined his classic political doctrine of the 'healing touch'. Four decades on, Sadiq's protege intends to pay gurudakshina and hopefully realise the agenda set up by his former boss.

Last week, the Mufti took the first step in that direction. In keeping with his pre-poll promise, the new chief minister announced the release of a few political prisoners, some incarcerated without trial for over a decade and others frequent 'guests of the state'. The most prominent among them was Yasin Malik, enfant terrible of Kashmir's azadi brigade and JKLF chairman. And while the cases of the Jamaat-e-Islami's Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Sheikh Abdul Aziz of the People's League were kept pending, those who tasted freedom included several others held as hardcore terrorists during...


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