When PDP and National Conference exchange words over some issue, more than politics, what Kashmiris are offered, is an awfully boring game. A long term effect of this game was witnessed during the governor’s rule when nobody seemed to miss either of the two, who we are told every second day have been elected by about 70% of voters. When the NC pulled up its rival over the killing of five people in the aftermath of Handwara episode, the PDP and its supporters dug up the NC’s murderous past, especially the killing of 120 protesters during street protests in the uprising of 2010. When you produce as the alibi for your murderous present the enormity of the murderous past of your rival, you are already acknowledging the hollowness of your present and the precariousness of your future. When the long, treacherous history of your predecessor is your only strength, what really have you achieved? A more shameful aspect of this dependency on the rival’s failures was education minister Naeem Akhtar’s even more shameful U-turn on the issue of the Sainik Colony in the Valley. Rather than admitting to the nakedness of the hard facts that had been reported in detail by the media, Akhtar first dismissed the reports as some diabolical plan and later, when he probably cared to go through records for the first time, blamed it on Omar Abdullah.
Thus, it appears to an unending fight in the arena strewn with treacheries and failures of these two parties. Despair is the only condition that emerges out of this futile exchange. And since it appears to be the fate of Kashmiris to be represented by these two parties in the foreseeable future, one can only hope for the resistance to change the conditions. What has rendered the politics of these parties meaningless is the complete self-destruction of their own ideological foundations (National Conference) and the propensity to keep the ideology so flexible that one ceases to see any guiding principle but only pure expediency (PDP).
What about the others, Congress or BJP for example, one might ask. These parties are driven by national interest when it comes to Kashmir. We have seen that they have been complementing each others’ efforts since 1947, even though a Shyama Prasad Mukherjee might be jailed by a Nehru once in a while. For all their treacheries, they come out as noble entities when compared to NC and PDP.