A question of curiosity
Will 11 months overweigh 48?
As of today, Jammu and Kashmir is having less than 11 months to have what it should have got in the past four years of the National Conference – Congress coalition government. Instead there is a self perpetuated aura that everything has been done, what was promised by the two parties at the time of 2008 Assembly polls. Even the panchayat elections, which were seen as a flawless accomplishment by the ruling coalition, have many shortcomings. The count of the shortcomings weigh far more than the accomplishment itself. This fact is better known to the rulers and they have acknowledged it more than one way: the mid January reshuffle of the ministry when some ministers had to go and new faces had to be brought in, as if they were magicians who would change things for better in the limited time at their disposal.
From 1996 to 2002, when the National Conference had more than a two-third majority in the Assembly and it could do anything it liked, under the watch of then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, the ministers and the legislators, were behaving as if that was their last chance to make fortune. This was not the comment that the much maligned media was making, it were the responsible people within National Conference who were leveling such charges.
This one –time syndrome did not disappear during the Peoples Democratic Party's rule from November 2002 to 2005, nor did it during the tenure of Ghulam Nabi Azad, who had to step down because of the communal flames that were ignited because of the Amarnath land row. This time, he is keeping his channels open with both National Conference and PDP, to complete his unfinished agenda. His love for the chair of Chief Minister is as much as that of Omar Abdullah, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, and Saif-ud-Din Soz.
So, why blame the Omar Abdullah government for the corruption that has taken place, and is taking place and would continue to take place in future, too. Every time someone raises the issue of corruption, the rulers from Farooq Abdullah to Omar Abdullah, demand specifics. There is a day to day basis corruption, about which the rulers are having the inputs from their agencies, party workers and others, or, in some cases that are known through RTI – Right to Information – but there is no action. Supposedly, there was no corruption in the system, then why Farooq Abdullah government had to hear charges from Mufti Sayeed and Mufti Sayeed from Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah and Azad, among others from PDP. Either those allegations were baseless, or there was some merit in such accusations.
There are instances when the corruption related files were never seen. It was a well known fact that the list of the officers in the engineering departments was prepared, who were due for transfers, and those who wanted the “ prize” posting had to pay the price. The alibi that the transfers were due, so there was no discrepancy of any type. Who could dispute that, but still the money exchanged hands.
Whatever happens in 2014 elections, only soothsayers may be able to say, but the fact of the matter is that the system is corrupt and the corruption’s end is nowhere in sight. There is no need to press panic button, the results would be available after the elections, if those are held in free and fair atmosphere. No offence meant to the Election Commission of India, not a single election was fair in the state, be that 1977, 1983, 1987, 1996, 2002 or 2008. Who interfered in whose favour or against the leaders and the party, is a common knowledge. Leave alone the Assembly polls, what happened in 2011 legislative council elections, is still fresh in the memory of the people. Who did what is well known.
The grassroots democracy doesn’t come through elections alone. Even that process is incomplete- neither block development council elections have been held nor Municipal polls and the money has been wasted, schemes have lapsed, and still we cry that the Centre is guilty. How fair is this charge against the Centre? It is unfair.
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