It would be prudent for Mehbooba Mufti to not build a theology around her party’s imminent alliance with the BJP. The past 68 years have demonstrated that it is theoretically impossible for any pro-India party to formulate and implement any coherent agenda vis-a—vis relations with New Delhi. Her late father, as she confessed, learnt it very late in his life. Before she plunges into the time-tested cesspool of pro-India politics, two statements of India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley—one he made as opposition member and the other a few days ago in the backdrop of the JNU crackdown, which has a strong Kashmir connection—can serve as important lessons for her. During the 2010 anti-India uprising in J&K, many parliamentarians had suggested that offering restoration of semi-sovereignty that Kashmir once enjoyed could pave way for a lasting solution to Kashmir dispute. And some prominent journalists even went to the extent of asking India to set Kashmir free. However, in the spirit of his ideological forefather Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Jaitley said in Indian parliament that the Indian state’s energies have been expended in integrating Kashmir into India for the past 60 years. Even making such statements that call for reversing those efforts, he said, was ‘poor statecraft’. Given the current rightwing fervor, he would have dismissed such calls as ‘anti-national’.