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…