Saturday, October 29, 2005

And the winner is...Ghulam Nabi

So, Ghulam Nabi Azad is all set to take over the reins of Kashmir come Nov 2. The drama ultimately played itself out in the best (or worst?) traditions of the Congress and the decision was taken only when the entire Congress brass in J&K threatened to quit. Politics is all about perception, and the goodwill that I had spoken of in my earlier post is all but lost in the wake of these sordid dealings. Why can the Congress not take a stand without making a mockery of the sagacity that people presume its actions stemmed from? Terrible PR. At least, Sonia Gandhi or Manmohan Singh should have forestalled this and taken a stand in the beginning without waffling for a good fortnight. Anyway, what’s done is done, and we can now expect Azad to continue the relief work in earnest. Azad is a good man; that is the only saving grace right now. He has been coordinating with the PDP in running Kashmir. He has hands-on experience and comes to the job with a long political career behind him. All the best to him. Knowing the task that lies ahead, he’ll need it.

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