Farooq talks tough, wants Delhi to safeguard India’s secular fabric

Farooq talks tough, wants Delhi to safeguard India’s secular fabric

 

Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Dec 12: The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah has taken a centre stage off late and has time and again expressed concern over the polarization of the politics across the country.
Dr Farooq recently asked the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to safeguard the secular fabric of India. “The country of Mahatma Gandhi cannot afford to get fragmented into bits and pieces on the basis of religion to satiate the political agendas of a few political outfits,” Dr Farooq said.
He said, “Nothing better can be expected from the reactionary forces, who were now taking pride in decorating the killer of the father of nation.”
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said that since the day Dr Farooq Abdullah has won the by-elections from Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency he has infused new life into the National Conference. “Dr Farooq is the most experienced politicians in Jammu and Kashmir. He has been taking New Delhi head on and is trying to make the people at the helm aware about the ground realities,” he added.
He said that Dr Farooq’s statement about Pakistan administered Kashmir belongs to Pakistan and J&K belongs to India had stirred the Hornet’s nest as the extremist elements in the country had taken a strong note of it. “Despite facing pressure from all the quarters Dr Farooq did not budge and stuck to his statement. After becoming the MP the senior Abdullah seems to have regained the confidence and has emerged as the lone voice from Kashmir which is taking on all the extremist elements,” the analyst added.
A Kashmir watcher said that people sitting in New Delhi know it very well that they cannot write off Dr Farooq. “When NC president (Dr Farooq) took over the reins of J&K in 1996 that time Kashmir was burning. He played a pivotal role in restoring the electoral process in J&K at that point of time and helped New Delhi to once again regain the control in the Valley,” he added.
He said, “They know it very well that in case of crisis Dr Farooq is still Delhi’s best bet in Jammu and Kashmir as he has seen lots of ups and downs during his political career. He knows the dynamics of J&K politics and is aware about the fact that changing political scenario in the country can push Kashmir further away from India.”
A politician said, “All the mainstream politicians know it very well that if polarization of politics continues in India it can create lot of problems for them in Kashmir. Even the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had said on the floor of the house that if Article 370 is revoked there would be no one in Kashmir who can hold tri-colour in his hand.”