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11/28/08

Stop Omar Abdullah


Of all the politicians in Kashmir, Omar Abdullah scares me the most. [self censor by author] He went to Haridwar to seek the blessings of his Godfather and Guru "Shri" Dayanand Pandey (his photo to the right), who incidentally has been implicated in bombings in malegaon. [self censor by author]. 

As Kashmiris, we have to leave no stone unturned to reach our goal. In my opinion, we have to strategically seek out what our move should be now that the elections are being held. Even though nothing can replace our right of self-determination, here are some strategic actions we can take and think about:
1. Boycotting the elections will result in the few hundred supporters of the big pro-India parties going to the polls and therefore these parties will end up in the assembly anyways.

My suggestion is that we seek out independent candidates from each constituency and vote for them just to defeat NC, PDP and Congress from forming the next government. This is a strategy to throw off the current parties.
Ofcourse boycotting will also work and send out the message, but it hasn't worked till now and will probably not work yet again. It will end up sending either the useless PDP or the worthless NC back to power for six years , however, voting for independent candidates will punish these parties for selling off Kashmir time and again.
On this blog it has been my intention to think about alternative strategies for seeking our goal of gaining Independence, this has been one of those suggestions.

3 comments:

  1. Dear Koshur,

    Welcome back.

    It is good to seek out alternative strategies if you speak from the point of view of Kashmiri separatists but your argument isn't supported by the facts on the ground--at least from what the early phases of the elections have shown. For example, you say "Boycotting the elections will result in the few hundred supporters of the big pro-India parties going to the polls and therefore these parties will end up in the assembly anyways." You go on to say "Of course boycotting will also work and send out the message, but it hasn't worked till now and will probably not work yet again."

    It seems to me that your first statement is incorrect-- it seems that more than a few hundred supporters of mainstream parties have voted so far. Your second statement is correct--the boycott has failed. In fact, I would submit that just as we sometimes blame the military forces for coercing Kashmiris to vote, there is a degree of coercion when anti-election campaigners ask people not to vote. They may not use guns (although that has happened in the past) but there is an undercurrent of violence and imposition of ideas that the supporters of separatists engage in.

    One final thought--the two Hurriyats may be facing a shrinking base not an expanding one. The Amarnath Yatra controversy resurrected them from oblivion but that cannot be sustained. They have no real vision, strategy, or implementation plan. They have never had anything like that and they won't in the future. They are just petty politicians who talk big but they are for the most part small people...just like most of the mainstream politicians.

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  2. Koshur

    Omar Abdullah is one of the most gifted leaders, not just of Kashmir, but in the entire sub-continent.

    I will be glad if he becomes the Prime minister of India.

    And about his conversion to Hinduism or not getting his kids circumscribed, I care a pittance, but these are outright lies.

    If you think these issues are important for Kashmiri leadership, you can keep publicizing them on your blogs.

    And about Indians not able to hike mountains in extreme cold climates, I respectfully disagree. I can show you some pictures of the hikes I did in the Alps around here :)

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  3. I am an Indian who used feel that Kashmir should be allowed to separate if Kashmiris wished so . But the fact that nearly 60% of the population has cast their votes in the current election so far , despite the call from the separatist to boycot the election , is making me rethink . Is the freedome fighters only a minority? Since most of the separatist are not clear as to what they will do when and if they get freedome , is not the talk of separation and freedome misplaced/premature.

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