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Hurriyat on the horns of dilemma

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By K.N. Pandit

On its positive side, the flip-flop of All Party Hurriyat Conference in the context of elections to the eleventh parliament has revealed how seriously it needs to address the question of participation or no-participation in the democratic political process of the state.

On the negative side, the bizarre situation does appear somewhat comic.  Will the leaders of “moderate” faction succeed in infusing new thinking among its followers, especially the younger generation, and yet keep the flock together is the crucial question. In a sense the APHC has come to a stage in its history where it needs harmonizing emerging political pragmatism with its standard public posturing. Perhaps Hurriyat seniors did not expect that the fallout of its first statement (of no call for boycott) would evoke a situation of law and order in Srinagar. The reaction of the people was commensurate with the anti-Indian- presence hype created by the separatist elements over past two decades.   Continue Reading…

Hurriyat’s moment of introspection

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By K.N. Pandit

Thirteen years ago, all Party Hurriyat Conference had announced boycott of State Assembly and Parliamentary elections. Ever since, it followed this policy. Today, as Kashmir like, other states of the union, is poised to cast votes for the 11th Parliament, the Hurriyat chief has said his organization would not ask the people to boycott elections. How do we interpret this change of heart if it is so?

First, did the Hurriyat always obtain consensus of opinion of its components to boycotting elections? That being the inner story, we can, at best, only speculate but not pass a verdict.

Actually the dilemma for the Hurriyat has been whether to fight the Indian presence in the State through negative means like strikes, hartals and boycotts or through available option of participating in elections and then resorting to internal subversion. Much can be said on both sides. But sine Hurriyat did not feel comfortable with exercising the latter option till now, it treaded the single path of unfailing boycott. Continue Reading…