Sainthood in Death? – A Kashmiri Pandit remembers Mufti Mohammad Sayeed


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 10, 2016           07.45 P.M.

Two time Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir and first Muslim Home Minister of India, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died on January 07, 2016 in New Delhi of multiple organ failure. He was 79 years old at the time of his death. He was buried in his native village Bijbehara of Anantnaag district.

With due respect to the departed soul, his political journey could be termed as colourful and sheer opportunistic. From Congress to Jan Morcha, and then again to the Congress, it was without any stated principles. Finally he, along with his daughter Mehbooba Mufti, formed PDP and remained there till his death.

His two terms as Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir could also be termed as maverick and opportunistic.

2002 = Though he had resigned from the Indian National Congress but without any qualm took their support to become Chief Minister. He had only 16 MLAs in the house of 87.

2008 = His PDP won 21 seats. But this time he prefered to sit in the opposition. It again defies logic. With 16 MLAs, he chose to become Chief Minister. But with 21 MLAs, he prefered to sit in the opposition.

2014 = He formed an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party and became Chief Minister for the second time.  This time he had 28 MLAs, up 7 from the 21 last election.

From Congress to BJP, many people can frown but for him it was a smooth journey.

Here is the list of the milestones of his political journey.

Indian National Congress = 1972 to 1987

Jan Morcha = 1987 to 1990

Indian National Congress = 1990 to 1999

People’s Democratic Party = 1999 to 2016

Leader Congress Legislative Party = 1975

Union Minister of Tourism = 1986

Home Minister of India = Dec. 1989 – Nov. 1990

Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir = Nov. 2002 – Nov. 2005

Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir = March 2015 – Jan. 2016

It is in our culture to give respect to the departed soul. One is not supposed to be disparaging about the person after the he is gone. But in my opinion history is supposed to be unbiased. History should be loyal to the truth only. History is and should be cruel.

Therefore I thought to reproduce an article written by Anupama Handoo , a Kashmiri Pandit, which presents a totally different picture of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. —————————————————————————————————-

On 7 January 2016, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took his last breath. News feeds since then are full of eulogies for the supposed saint, nationalist and statesman.

Every paean takes me back to that fateful month of December in 1989 when Mufti’s youngest daughter Rubaiya Sayeed was kidnapped by (Yasin Malik’s) Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. The nation was held to ransom for the daughter of the Union Home Minister who had taken oath just a few days ago. Bypassing the elected state government led by Farooq Abdullah, Mufti misused his power and influence to engineer the release of five dreaded terrorists. Local population in the valley and friends were confident that Rubaiya was at home or at least in a safe house where she was safe and well taken care of, all the time. This drama of hostage rescue is the watershed event in Kashmir terrorism. Encouraged by weakness of the state and central administration, terrorism took hold in the valley. General population started to believe that ‘Azadi from India’ and ‘Pakistan with Pandit women and without the men’ is just around the corner. December 1989 and January 1990 was when lakhs of Kashmiri Hindus had to leave their homes to become refugees in their own country. For me and lakhs of Kashmiri Hindus that was the last time we saw home and for that we have Mufti to thank for.

1989 was not the first time when the ugly head of communal militancy reared its head in Kashmir Valley. Political experts maintain that Mufti orchestrated the infamous 1986 Anantnaag riots in which hysterical Muslim mobs took out violent processions, desecrated and destroyed more than 40 temples, and killed and looted the helpless Hindu population. In Mufti’s constituency Brijbehara alone, two temples were looted, ancient idols stolen and broken. Kashmiri Hindus should have anticipated what was to come.

One word that comes closest to describing Kashmiri politicians in general and Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in particular, is chameleon. No, it’s not a kind word. I don’t intend to be kind – the pain is still raw. I call him a chameleon because he switched loyalties like clothes, seizing opportunities to promote himself and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti. With subsequent stints in Democratic National Conference, Congress, and Jan Morcha and later on by launching his own People’s Democratic Party he bargained for more power and more influence with each stepping stone.

He first became Chief Minister in 2002, backed by Congress on a meagre strength of 16 in an 87 member strong State Assembly. In 2008 elections, he chose to stay in the opposition even with 21 seats and in 2015 he chose to form alliance with BJP on a strength of 28. Ambition is not a bad thing, manipulating masses for one’s own end is objectionable. While in opposition he engineered coups; in 1977, twice in 1986, in 1990 and in 2008; ushering the Governors’ rule every time. This marginalised the democratically elected parties and sowed seeds of discord in the electorate. He founded the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999 for which he used the electoral symbol of ‘green flag and pen-inkpot’ of the Muslim United Front (MUF) the Jamaat-e-Islami-led conglomerate of anti-India parties.

He kept everyone happy … happily in the dark. To the central government he played the role of a ‘Nationalist’ who was trying to bring ‘healing touch’ to the battered communities through peace and dignity. But the modus operandi of this healing touch was far from nationalist. He was a firm believer in Kashmiris’ right to ‘self-rule’. Ceasefire on the Pakistan border, disbanding of instruments like Special Task Force and Special Operation Group of Police, scrapping of The Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA) and release of political prisoners was all part of his arsenal. He facilitated bringing the separatists leaders (read Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front) to a tripartite political dialogue with India and Pakistan. He recommended free trade and travel between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Occupied J&K. His latest preposterous proposal was that the people of Kashmir should be allowed to transact their business in the Indian as well as the Pakistani currency. Looking at these steps in totality – these were ploys to weaken the State influence in Law and Order issues and dilute the army control on borders. Making borders with Pakistan porous, Mufti’s strategy was to pave the way for uninterrupted smuggling of currency, arms and drugs as well as infiltration of terrorists.

Kind obituaries are flooding in about the greatness of the man now dead. People are calling him a statesman and a visionary. He surrounded himself with wise people and those wise people (often Kashmiri Pandits) must undoubtedly believe in his secular and nationalist credentials. As a common person who never broke bread with him, I am entitled to judge his greatness by his impact and legacy. I will remember the man as someone who stepped on corpses for his political ambition. For this I cannot wish him peace in afterlife.

Cse Khoda rut karun, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, magar kari na zaahn.

[ May the almighty look after you Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but I seriously doubt He will. ]

– See more at: https://www.myind.net/sainthood-death-kashmiri-pandit-remembers-mufti-sayeed#.VpFMysSkQaw.gmail

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As stated above, I have taken this article from http://www.myind.net . They have printed this disclaimer towards the end of the article. I fail to understand the logic. Everyone has freedom of expression. And if a Kashmiri Pandit feels this way, she has every right to express her opinion.

WHY THIS DISCLAIMER ?

“Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. MyIndMakers is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of MyindMakers and it does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.”

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[ I express my gratitude to http://www.myind.net & the writer Anupama Handoo for this article. ]

 

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BJP Victories in 2015 : From Andaman to Ladakh & Goa


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 28, 2015           12.40 P.M.

May 2014 is the date India, Indians and the world wont be able to forget for a long time. It is permanently etched in the memory of the nationalists, seculars, Left-Liberals of India and the people of the world at large. Result of Indian general elections were declared in May and Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party won absolute majority on its own in LOK SABHA.

Almost 5 months later in October 2014 MAHARASHTRA and HARYANA, 2 states went to polls. BJP won the elections and formed governments in both the states for the first time.

Two months later in November / December 2014 JHARKHAND and JAMMU & KASHMIR state assemblies went to polls. BJP again won Jharkhand on its own and formed the government. BJP swept Jammu but fell short of majority in Jammu & Kashmir assembly. It formed the government with the help of PDP of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. It got post of Speaker and Dy. Chief Minister and heads several important ministries. Both the state governments are the first for BJP. JHARKHAND on its own and JAMMU & KASHMIR in coalition.

So the year 2014 ended with unprecedented success for BJP. First Lok Sabha, then in the assemblies of MAHARASHTRA, HARYANA , JHARKHAND and JAMMU & KASHMIR, BJP scored impressive victory in all the 4 states.

2015 started with a sour note. In February 2015, BJP lost DELHI to Aam Aadmi Party. Its BJP’s only defeat till date. Its only defeat of indefatigable Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister and modern-day Chanakya and bellicose Amit Shah, the BJP President.

August 2015 came as the month of victory in Local Body elections. BJP made impressive gains in the municipal boards and municipal corporations in MADHYA PRADESH, RAJASTHAN and BRUHAT BENGALURU MAHANAGARA PALIKE. BJP made clean sweep in the Local Body elections of the 3 states.

But the real game changer came a month later.

Came month of September 2015 and it brought unexpected and unprecedented victory of BJP in Panchayat and Municipal elections of ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS. Andaman & Nicobar Islands are the remote area and was not considered as stronghold of BJP.

All the other above mentioned national, provincial and local body elections were widely reported and discussed in the national print and electronic media. But Local Body elections of ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS were not even prominently and properly reported. Media almost ignored it. Therefore I am chronicling results of these election.

October 2015 brought another BJP victory to our notice. BJP swept LADAKH AUTONOMOUS HILL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL. It won 2/3rd majority in LAHDC for the first time.

In the same month, i.e. October 2015, while I was about to post this blog, last night came the news of BJP victory in the GOA Local Body Elections. Out of 11 Municipal Councils, BJP won 6, Congress won 4 and 1 got hung verdict.

But let me first start with Andaman & Nicobar Island results.

Map of Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Map of Andaman & Nicobar Islands

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Andaman & Nicobar Islands : Results of Panchayat & Municipal Elections 2015

 

BJP Emerged Single Largest Party with 11 Seats in Municipal Elections, Port Blair.

Port Blair Municipal Corporation Elections :

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Total Seats – 24 : BJP 11 / Congress 6 / Telugu Desam Party 2 / DMK  1 / AIADMK  1 / Independents 3

 

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2 – Elected Zila Parishad Members : Panchayat Election 2015

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A – Zila Parishad North & Middle Andaman

 

Total Seats – 17 : BJP 12 / Congress 4 / Independent 1

 

B – Zila Parishad South Andaman

 

Total Seats – 18 : BJP 10 / Congress 8

 

Grand Total of Zila Parishad Members :

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Total Seats – 35 : BJP 22 / Congress 12 / Independent 1

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3 – Elected Pradhans : Panchayat Elections 2015

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1 – DIGLIPUR : BJP 14 / Congress 1

2 – MAYABUNDER : BJP 4 / Congress 4

3 – RANGAT : BJP 7 / Congress 5 / Independent 1

4 – PORT BLAIR : BJP 3 / Congress 3

5 – FERRARGUNJ : BJP 11 / Congress 6 / Independents 2

6 – LITTLE ANDAMAN : BJP 2 / Congress 1

7 – CAMPBELL WAY : BJP 2 / Congress 1

 

Grand Total of Pradhans :

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Total Seats – 68 : BJP 43 / Congress 21 / Independents 4

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4 – Elected Panchayat Samiti Members : Panchayat Elections 2015

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1 – DIGLIPUR : BJP 12 / Congress 2 / Independent 1

2 – MAYABUNDER : BJP 4 / Congress 4

3 – RANGAT : BJP 10 / Congress 3 / Independent 1

4 – PORT BLAIR : BJP 3 / Congress 3

5 – FERRARGANJ : BJP 11 / Congress 4 / AIADMK 1 / Independent 3

6 – LITTLE ANDAMAN : BJP 3 / Congress 2

7 – CAMPBELL WAY : BJP 2 / Congress 1

 

Grand Total of Samiti Members :

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Total Seats – 70 : BJP 45 / Congress 19 / AIADMK 1 / Independents 5

 

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5 – Elected Members Gram Panchayat : Panchayat Elections 2015

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Grand Total of 68 Gram Panchayat Members :

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Total Seats – 665 : BJP 307 / Congress 270 / CPM 8 / NCP 6 / TDP 2 / AIADMK 1 / Independents 71

 

Out of 68 Gram Panchayats, BJP has an impressive presence in all the Gram Panchayats barring 6. They are 42, 46, 47, 48, 56 & 58 number Gram Panchayat.

Thus out of 68 Gram Panchayats, BJP has members in the rest 62.

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BJP Wins Ladakh

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3287932/Development-plank-swings-votes-Modi-prompts-saffron-sweep-Ladakh.html#ixzz3pc5rUKDr

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Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) elections

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A complete rejection of the Congress, acceptance of RSS programmes and attraction for Narendra Modi’s development plank seem to have worked in favour of the BJP, which registered a landslide victory in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) elections in October 2015. 

Coming at a time when the BJP has conquered an area that has a mixed demography comprising Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Christians.

 Total Seats – 26 : BJP 18 / Congress 5 / National Conference 2 / Independent 1

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Goa Municipal Council Results

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Candidates backed by BJP won majority of seats in 6 municipal councils in Goa in the local body elections, while Congress-backed candidates won majority in 4 towns.

Total Municipal Councils – 11 : BJP 6 / Congress 4 / Hung 1

BJP won majority of seats in Mapusa, Mormugao (Vasco-da-Gama), Sanguem, Pernem, Curchorem and Bicholim.

Congress won majority in Valpoi, Quepem, Margao, and Cuncolim.

Canacona saw the candidates from two sides winning five seats each.

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Thus apart from DELHI assembly elections, BJP, after winning Lok Sabha, won 4 assembly elections of MAHARASHTRA, HARYANA, JHARKHAND and JAMMU & KASHMIR.

BJP also won Local Body Elections in 6 states of MADHYA PRADESH, RAJASTHAN, BENGALURU, ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS, LADAKH and GOA.

Battle of BIHAR is going on. Election of 3rd phase is going to be held today. 2 phases are still left. Results will be out on November 8, 2015. But about Bihar, I will write later.

[ I have taken data of ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS elections from http://www.andamanchronicle.net and from the website of Election Commission.

Data of LADAKH election is taken from http://www.dailymail.co.uk.

Data of GOA election is taken from Indian Express newspaper.

I express my gratitude to all of them. ]

 

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