Before I forget (and one should never forget showering praises as already there is too much of negative opinions floating on every matter) – an ode to Omar Abdullah – The Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir.
How To Win Elections
It is usually very unlikely to see Minsters speak frankly and from their gut. Though in the case of Omar, knowing what we know of him (that he is a good guy), I would rather have him tow a conservative line – win elections (a few false promises are okay) – wasn’t there some book written in time of ancient Rome (by Marcus Cicero) suggesting one do the same to win elections? Of course, who are we kidding here – our Indian politicians can write and re-write that book twenty times over with new ploys and tricks to win votes.
Kashmir Girl Band
Anyways , the reason I cant praise him enough is his handling of the kashmir all girl rock band – Pragaash. It is not easy to give support to such causes especially in face of conservatism from religious leaders. It would have been extremely easy to take the conservative line – Omar did not – this takes courage and a level of statesmanship not seen very often these days. This followed by the FIR on those who had issued threats on FaceBook.
Grand Mufti Of Jammu & Kashmir
With respect to the Grand Mufti, firstly I am surprised that he had the time to issue a fatwa on an unimportant rock back in Kashmir – they were just playing some music. I am sure there are more important religious matters to consider. – which actually does not appear religious at all to me in fact. One should note that by the very definition a religious leader is an older person – a person in his seventies, eighties, etc and who will always tow a very conservative line – this is understandable. We have seen similar commentaries from our other esteemed politicians – who said that women should not venture outside their homes or dress appropriately, etc – who are they to give sermons ?
Here’s some food for thought – I believe one of the comments on Facebook was that “… and throw these girls into a river” – how come no religious leader(from any religion) condemned that or issued a fatwa/dictat/etc against such behavior. Or how come our other politicians did not take this matter up.
Stand Up For Your Rights
Their picture above appropriately has Bob Marley in the background – Remember “Get Up Stand Up – Stand Up For Your Right !”
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