At the inaugural ceremony of a medical college in Anantnag on Sunday, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti exhibited the traits of a colonized mind. Her speech was a demonstration of the behavior riven with the contradictions of a comprador politician, who is attempting to assert independence in front of the colonizer, but ultimately ends up reinforcing the slavishness. The CM addressed India’s health minister JP Nadda and complained that Indian media outlets have been highlighting only what she sees as the negative aspects of contemporary Kashmir: protesters waving IS flags, etc, not the achievements of Kashmiri boys and girls in education and other fields. This is a half-truth. Actually, it is the Indian media that celebrate a Kashmiri youth’s success in IAS examination, like assembly elections, as the ultimate sign of Kashmiri consent for Indian rule. It is the Indian media, which ensure that a slight increase in the number of tourists in Kashmir is broadcast as the end of the anti-India rebellion and ‘return of normalcy’. What they don’t show is — and what Mehbooba at one time championed — are the stories of brutality inflicted on Kashmiris and how the dissent is muzzled brutally. They do not show thousands of people attending the funerals of militants or helping them during gunfights with government forces.