Too early to do post-mortem, says Mehbooba’s former aide Mattoo

New Delhi, Jun: Amitabh Mattoo, a former close aide to the PDP leader and outgoing Jammu and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, has announced to “go off” Facebook and social media to “meditate and reflect and write” and said it is too early to do the post-mortem of his association with Mehbooba.
“Politics, Mufti Sahib would often say, is the art of the possible and the ultimate battle is the war of ideas which has to be fought with the strength of one’s conviction. It is too early to a do a post mortem,” Mattoo wrote on Facebook.
Announcing that he would “go off Facebook and Social Media to meditate and reflect and write”, he further said, “I go back older in age and experience, recovering from the daily traumas of public life in J&K, but much richer, I hope, as a thinker with a deeper understanding of democracy, citizenship and state power”.
“I leave my position as Advisor to the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir with neither remorse nor regret,” he wrote, adding that he gave his “best, gave it all I (he) had”.
But in the same breath, he said, the “difference” – he could make was perhaps only “incremental”.
Mattoo, who joined Team Mehbooba as advisor to the outgoing Chief Minister in August 2015, also wrote, “Jammu and Kashmir is the most difficult place in the world that I have worked in , but it is not often that an academic gets a chance to actually shape policy and try and improve the real quality of life of citizens, directly and in a very tangible fashion”.
Mattoo, who has also been a visiting professor at Stanford University, USA and associated with Jawaharlal Nehru University and Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne, is now likely to focus on education and writing.
Meanwhile, another Mehbooba aide and former BBC journalist Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor – who was serving as Chairperson of State Commission for Women – has announced her resignation.
In fact, in a series of tweets in last one week especially since the killing of Editor Shujaat Bukhari, and wrote
“Wake up call…do not betray people… they r real power…”- in reference to the former Chief Minister Mehbooba.
“I have resigned from the post of chairperson, J&K State Commission for Women early morning. I am now free woman… freedom at last…..,” she wrote.
In another missive, she wrote: “Take serious note of it how politics n political decision r done for JK… lesson for mainstream…”
“Ceasefire ends.. but we will still strive for peace…and, nobody will beg for ceasefire…Manufacturing story houses- what a world to live in,” she had written on June 16.