13 April, 2021

Song In The Vale

Song In The Vale
During the past decade and a half, Jammu and Kashmir gradually turned into a political casino where elections were rigged and the bad guys won. At last the long-suffering and courageous people of the state have breathed new life into the political and electoral process in that unhappy and incomparably beautiful land. The voters defied death threats, the candidates ignored calls for their assassination. The ramifications and long-term consequences of this momentous electoral earthquake are gradually beginning to sink in. The Congress received 31 per cent of the vote and increased its tally from four to 20. The party lost at least six seats with margins ranging from 40 to 500. Party president Sonia Gandhi took a grave risk by going to Srinagar. She inspired party workers and promised good governance to the people. No other national leader visited the Valley during the election campaign.

The NC got 28 seats. Down by 29. Farooq Abdullah is wonderful company, is witty, irreverent, ebullient, courtesy personified, hospitable and a good friend. Sitting in an office and poring over...

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