Leaders, have a heart!
Will our politicians ever grow up and step beyond pettiness and personal vendetta and
work towards the State’s development and people’s good.
Big risks have big rewards. One has to take risks, though calculated, to make an imprint on
one’s landscape in whatever capacity. Also, one has to step beyond one’s small-mindedness to bring bigger evolution.
A majority of the political leadership in jammu & Kashmir could not walk the talk yet again, which is unfortunate. Hypocrites as they are, the leaders conspicuously stayed away from the flag-hoisting ceremony, marking the culmination of the Bharat Jodo Yatra at the historical Lal Chowk in Srinagar. It was the only event within the geographical limits of jammu & Kashmir which the National Conference and PDP leadership missed deliberately. But the next day, they were readily available at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium to hand out advice to the government on a host of issues. How would they explain their absence from the flag-hoisting ceremony, when a day before and after, they were rubbing shoulders with Rahul Gandhi?
Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, as elaborated in the last edition of Kashmir Central, should be seen from an entirely different and a new perspective. From the moment it entered Kashmir, it carried a meaning. And the political leadership should have been conscious of its far-reaching impact. Staying away from the flag-hoisting ceremony only reflects on their duplicity and dubious credentials. It would have been in the fitness of things if Sayed Altaf Bukhari of Apni Party and Sajad Gani Lone of People’s Conference too had joined the flag hoisting ceremony at Lal Chowk. As for Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, it was petty on their part to stay away.