Sunday, December 28, 2008

Congratulations Kashmir

Congratulations for reaffirming democratic values in the state of Kashmir. After the height of militancy the first elections saw 10% of turnout, this time it was 63% well over the national average across states. Its not about being pro-India or pro-Pakistan or pro-freedom. Not all democracies of the world are pro-India and not all Islamic nations are pro-Pakistan but it was important for Kashmir to show that they still cherish the democratic system and its values. Mere the fact that majority has rejected the Jehadi color of the movement is a victory of Kashmiri people that has been strengthened by a call of introspection from the separatist leaders like Sajjad Lone and Mirwaiz. A strong showing of BJP in Jammu is also a reminder to the state legislation not to ignore this region and be used in pity politics. Congratulations to the young chief minister of the state Omar Abdullah as well for bringing in welcome change overdue to the state of Kashmir.

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