Is the PDP-BJP approach of ‘good governance’ pragmatic enough?
Mufti Mohammad took nearly two months to finalize a decision on the coalition. The duo had their ideologies poles apart and despite knowing their separate interests and methodology, both decided to step further to work on the ill empowered state after their futile wrestle to win majority of their own. PDP had been out of power since its unprecedented victory in 2002 and the other partner is achieving it for the first time. Both, nevertheless, chose to merge, relying on the unsteady ground of relevance in regional politics. The only common ground between the two was their want of power in the state. The coalition would have been an impossible task, had it been any other state. Kashmir was already craving for such a moment to count on and so were the regional and national parties, including the PDP and BJP and that is the major reason that the two could make it to the stage, despite their unmatched belief and ideologies.
J&K could be the only state to see such a union of secularism and communalism. One is just left to wonder what their Common Minimum Program could cater to, when there is barely anything common between the two parties. The PDP has softened its stand on AFSPA and the BJP too has abandoned some of its core demands to make the coalition work out. Mufti’s focus on ‘good governance’ is still giving hopes to people about off centric issues like empowerment of the fractured civil infrastructure of both the regions and eradication of the corrupt elements of the administration. Is it in indication that the burning issues like AFSPA and Article 370 have been submerged again? Both the parties are now facing a growing threat in their respective territories. BJP too is now standing firm in making its presence count in the partnership and Mufti too is trying to retain his image in the valley with his cleverly framed strokes. Teamed with the intelligentsia likes of economist Dr Haseeb Drabu, Mufti is up for some economical diplomacy to boost up the economic condition of the state, incorporating some robust ideas. The preaching however can’t yet be relied as pragmatic enough to heal the wounds of people of Jammu as well as Kashmir. But beside the economic conditions, more than half of the state is also waiting for rehabilitation and relief post the September floods. The fresh government should overhaul and rebuild the whole system, considering the real demands and hopes of the people.