Omar Abdullah’s life and beginnings
Omar Abdullah was born in the political family of Abdullahs who have ruled Jammu and Kashmir for long periods. Omar was born on March 10, 1970, and he went on to become the youngest CM of Jammu and Kashmir in 2009. He was also the member of the 14th Lok Sabha from Srinagar constituency, and went on to become Union Minister of State for external affairs in Vajpayee government. Omar took on the mantle of politics in 1998 from his father Farooq Abdullah who has had a great influence on shaping the political career of Omar. Lately, there have been differences between the father-son duo but senior Abdullah has termed these as generation gap.
Omar was born in Rochford, Essex. His mother an English woman, a nurse by profession was not happy when he joined politics but in India, politics is the automatic choice of scions of political families. Omar studied at Burn Hall school in Srinagar, and then at Lawrence School in Sanawar. Later he joined Sydenham College for graduation. Omar married Payal Nath, daughter of a senior army officer but in 2011 they separated. His younger sister Sara is married to Sachin Pilot son of former Congress leader Rajesh Pilot. Prior to his stint in politics, Omar worked in the hotel industry and worked in Hyderbad, and Mumbai. In 1998, he was elected to Lok Sabha from Srinagar constituency, and he went on to become the youngest minister at centre. He was also made the member of the committee on transport and tourism, and ministry of tourism’s consultative committee. In 1999, he was elected to the 13th Lok Sabha and was again made the minister in union cabinet. He resigned from the cabinet on December 23, to concentrate on party work and was made the president of National Conference in 2002 replacing his father Farooq Abdullah. In a setback, Omar was defeated from Ganderbal in 2002 assembly election which hurt the image of the party, and also put a question mark on his leadership. He was however re-elected as party president in 2006.
In March 2006, stamping his imprint on politics of Kashmir the junior Abdullah much to the disapproval of Union government held a one to one meeting with President Musharraf. This was first such meeting between a mainstream politician, and Pakistan government and it was expected that this could bring about a positive change in the relations. It was in 2008 that under his leadership National Conference won a large number of seats, and formed the coalition government with the Congress. Omar was sworn in as the 11th CM at General Zorawar Singh auditorium in Jammu University. This also gave hope to the people of J&K that a young and dynamic leader in the state will bring about changes in the system. Omar however has not been able to deliver the goods as expected of him, and the recent floods in which his government disappeared have also cast a blur on NC rule. The loss in the Lok Sabha polls recently has also dented his image as a politician, and a Chief Minister as it has proved a setback for the ruling NC. The coalition with Congress has also been undone, and the party workers have been scampering for cover, and demanding his father’s return.
An astrologer who has done a deep study of his chart opines that Omar could have done well in a country where politics situation is less turbulent. He has week mercurian qualities as a result of which he falls short when it comes to judging human nature, and shrewdness. His father on the other hand is complete opposite and he is as astute as a politician can be. The junior Abdullah has good communication skills, and but being trusting and straightforward he has a big handicap in the Indian scheme of things. Like Rajiv Gandhi he has a shy, diffident nature but has a high self esteem and a very strong belief system which shows in his day to day work. He also has weakness for wealth and fame but being a shy person he can’t seek it unabashedly. The J&K CM has a very good imagination, is adaptable and likes change. He also has strong willpower, ability to direct others and self control. But he lacks boldness and inner self-confidence which affects his leadership qualities. His hand, and his astro-chart shows that he is a decent and honest person, who likes people. He however is not suited for the cunning, and guile of politics where backstabbing is routine, and the young Omar Abdullah does not have a hang of these machinations.