Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Now seize the opportunity of successful JK elections to sideline separatists, Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
Many of Kashmir’s politicians and intellectuals — who for years maintained that India could never hold a credible democratic exercise in the Valley — are now active on two fronts. Some have contested assembly elections. Others are telling the world that no elections (even when turnout is 70-80%) can substitute for a plebiscite. The latter may be right for the sake of a courtroom argument but the way they seek to discredit this unprecedented dance of democracy perhaps betrays their level of frustration and a sense of defeat.