A year after abrogation of Articles 370, Omar Abdullah begins to be 'true to himself' | WeForNews | Latest News, Blogs A year after abrogation of Articles 370, Omar Abdullah begins to be ‘true to himself’ – WeForNews | Latest News, Blogs
Connect with us

Blog

A year after abrogation of Articles 370, Omar Abdullah begins to be ‘true to himself’

Omar has said that his 232-day detention period had made him “bitter, resentful and angry” but not changed his time-tested stand on J&K’s fate and future.

Published

on

Omar Abdullah

New Delhi, Sep 5 : Contrary to the crux of his articles, newspaper and television interviews and tweets over the last about two months, the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) leader and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said in a book interview what few from Srinagar to New Delhi were expecting from him at this point of time. He has asserted without a shred of equivocation that Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was an integral part of the Union of India and it had no future outside.

“I have reconciled myself to the fact that I will never be Indian enough for extreme right-wing nationalist politicians. But then I’ll also not be Kashmiri enough for those who don’t see Kashmir’s future as part of India. And, therefore, it is best to be true to oneself,” Omar has told the authors of a new book on India’s contemporary politics. His interview carried in the book titled ‘India Tomorrow: Conversations with the Next Generation of Political Leaders’ has rightly ruffled feathers in the Valley’s pseudo-separatist camp. Reactions are understandably virulent in social media.

A cross-section of the vocal naysayers, which has been obsessed with a deep separatist sentiment and never respected India’s democratic institutions or exercises in Kashmir, wanted Omar to carry the mantle that had been grounded with New Delhi’s crackdown on sections of the ‘amphibian politicians’ after Mehbooba Mufti’s dismissal as Chief Minister in June 2018 followed by the killing of 40 CRPF personnel in a suicide attack in February 2019.

This section of the influence managers lives on the unbridled Facebook and Twitter and never casts a vote. Previously, for about 18 years, it enjoyed enough space in the system while legitimising secession and promoting the separatist narratives on one hand and sailing comfortably in the mainstream on the other. This domain was conveniently named ‘grey space’ or the ‘middle ground’.

The elite were its beneficiaries and the ordinary Kashmiri its victim. Without ever asserting a structured dialogue for conflict resolution, this section of the political and intellectual elite harped on ‘dialogue’ and ‘reconciliation’. It over arched to even theatrical slogans of plebiscite by one-odd legislator in the Assembly.

After the transformation introduced in August 2019, and apparently a political vacuum created by scrapping of J&K’s special status, these people had been telling the world that there was no more “an Indian in Kashmir” and that no political party would participate in any elections until total withdrawal of the August 2019 changes. There was remarkable applause when a National Conference leader thundered on Twitter that he would not contest any elections until “everything that has been snatched away on August 5, 2019 is returned”. For a couple of weeks, it set the tone and trend in Omar’s party as he and his father began giving out ‘clarifications’ that there would be no participation in elections until Articles 370 and 35A were back with restoration of statehood.

In this backdrop, Omar’s assertions about India’s sovereignty in Jammu & Kashmir and his belief that Kashmir had no future outside India has understandably come as a shock for his ‘well-wishers’ in the Valley’s separatist and pseudo-separatist camp. It must be embarrassing for Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who, just last fortnight, appreciated the ‘Gupkar Declaration’ and showered praise on the same parties and leaders who for long have been stigmatised as ‘traitors’ and ‘collaborators’. So reactions to Omar’s interview are hysterical but understandable. For over a week, Omar has just retweeted some others’ statements and stopped being obdurate on Article 370.

Omar seems to have realised two very important things: That all the mainstream parties, including the most disenchanted PDP, would jump into the fray as and when elections would be announced; and that the NC had no future outside electoral politics in whatever form. Reading books during detention, he seems to have learned how even his towering grandfather, Sheikh Abdullah, had failed to get the central laws repealed from 1975 till his death in 1982. He has first-hand experience of how his father, Farooq Abdullah, failed in getting back ‘greater autonomy’ and lifting the J&K Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

In the latest interview, significantly there is no mention of a sine qua non. It makes clear that the Abdullahs and their NC would continue fighting for status quo ante in the Supreme Court, a long drawn exercise, and that the party would not stay away from elections.

Omar has said that his 232-day detention period had made him “bitter, resentful and angry” but not changed his time-tested stand on J&K’s fate and future. “Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India. As much as I would like to say that my detention and the circumstances of the 5th of August have caused me to shift my thinking on that, it hasn’t”, he has said and added: “Because the position I’ve taken takes into account all sorts of factors, and I do not believe that Jammu & Kashmir has a future for itself outside of its relationship with India”.

After Shah Faesal’s resignation from politics, Omar’s new assertions are the second setback to ‘Gupkar Declaration’—a deja vu in Kashmir’s political history.

Blog

Hotel industry’s recovery to pre-Covid levels profits 3 yrs away: ICRA

“This will keep revenues moderated, resulting in operating losses and stretched debt metrics during FY2021 and FY2022.”

Published

on

By

Park Hotel Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 24 : The Indian hotel industry’s recovery to pre-Covid levels profits is at least three years away, ratings agency ICRA has said.

The ratings agency said that road ahead for the industry is rough as revenues and margins are expected to post record decline in FY21 with losses mounting over the next two years.

The hotel industry has witnessed one of the worst revenue declines, in Q1FY21, with revenues for the industry sample declining by 85 per cent.

“Given the high operating and financial leverage in the industry, the revenue decline led to huge operating and net losses in Q1 FY2021 despite the extensive cost-cutting measures adopted by most entities in the industry,” ICRA said in a statement.

“Despite sharp weakening in interest coverage, recourse to the RBI provided moratorium on debt servicing as part of its Covid relief package announced in March 2020 supported the industry.”

As per the statement, about 66 per cent of ICRA’s hospitality portfolio applied for moratorium under this scheme and several of these will apply for restructuring under the K.V. Kamath committee too.

“Although hotels have been gradually allowed to reopen, occupancies have remained subdued in H1FY2021,” the statement said.

“This will keep revenues moderated, resulting in operating losses and stretched debt metrics during FY2021 and FY2022.”

The industry has reported a 2.7 per cent de-growth in topline with flat operating margins at 22 per cent in FY2020.

“With an 85 per cent YoY decline witnessed in revenues in Q1 FY2021 and subdued occupancies witnessed in Q2 FY2021 as well, industry wide revenues are expected to witness sharp de-growth of 60-65 per cent for FY2021,” ICRA said.

“Despite several measures taken by the companies to variabilise the fixed costs, the industry is likely to report massive operating and net losses in FY2021.”

–IANS

Continue Reading

Blog

31% adolescents battled extreme anxiety in past few months due to COVID-19, says survey

About 31% surveyed adolescents battled extreme anxiety in the past few months worrying about the impact of coronavirus pandemic on their family’s financial status, according to a survey

Published

on

By

work-load office tension stress

About 31 percent surveyed adolescents battled extreme anxiety in the past few months worrying about the impact of coronavirus pandemic on their family’s financial status, according to a survey of over 7,300 adolescents from four states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Odisha.

The survey on ‘What do the Adolescents have to say? COVID-19 and its Impact’ by NGO Centre for Catalysing Change was conducted in two rounds in the months of April, July and August.

Out of the 7,324 adolescents surveyed, 31 percent admitted to battling extreme anxiety worrying about the pandemic’s impact on their family’s financial status.

The survey also found that adolescent girls faced significant gender discrimination in these months due to the pandemic.

“Only 12 percent of surveyed adolescent girls had access to their own mobile phones to be able to attend online classes, while 35 percent boys had access to their own mobile phones,” the survey found.

“Further, 51 percent of the adolescent girls surveyed lacked access to essential textbooks in comparison to boys, highlighting how the pandemic had jeopardized girls’ access to education,” it said.

About 39 percent of the girls were found to be contributing to housework as opposed to the number of boys at 35 percent, it said.

Under the survey, the adolescent girls also stated how their mobility has been curbed, with only 39 percent girls saying they were allowed to go out alone in comparison to 62 percent boys of the same age who were allowed to go out alone.

“At the same time, only 36 percent adolescents knew the correct helpline numbers, while awareness about the use of the helplines was even lower. Only 18 percent was aware that the helplines could be used in reporting domestic violence and only 22-23 percent knew that it could be used in reporting child labour and child trafficking cases,” it added.

Continue Reading

Blog

Sahir Ludhianvi death anniversary: Top Bollywood songs penned by the legendary poet

On Sahir Ludhianvi’s death anniversary, here’s looking at top Bollywood songs written by the legendary poet!

Published

on

Sahir Ludhianvi

Born in Ludhiana, Punjab, in 1921, Sahir began writing since childhood. Born as Abdul Hayee, he found the word ‘Sahir’ while reading Iqbal’s poetry and decided to use it as his pen name.

Sahir’s poetry was remarkably concerned with socio-economic and political problems of the country. He often voiced problems of the downtrodden with his words.

Sahir’s debut as film lyricist was with Azadi Ki Rah Par and Baazi. In recognition of his contributions, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan. Sahir died in Mumbai on October 25, 1980.

On Sahir Ludhianvi’s death anniversary, here’s looking at top Bollywood songs written by the legendary poet.

Dekha hai zindagi ko kuch itna kareeb se

Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar hu

Kabhi Kabhi Mere DIl Mein

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Most Popular

Corona Virus (COVID-19) Live Data

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.