The Mehbooba Moment?

After Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death, analysts believed his daughter would step into his place without any hassles. Many expected Mehbooba Mufti to re-brand the party and effect a change from her father’s surreptitious ways of conducting politics. But the way she has gone around things post-Mufti shows ambivalence and ambiguity are in the DNA of […]

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Manufacturing a visionary

Manufacturing a visionary

Acting snobbish after having watched a lot of western art movies, I once superciliously dismissed Bollywood as trash. A very wise friend, a maven of many disciplines, cinema among them, corrected me saying that Bollywood movies were an altogether different genre that should not be judged by the analyses one would apply while appreciating the […]

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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: In the eyes of analysts

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: In the eyes of analysts

Nasir Mirza Journalism teacher There are many grey shades in this respect. Mufti’s image was severely dented when he joined hands with BJP. It was like the North Pole joining the South Pole. Power is not the final objective of great leaders. His long cherished dream to be the Chief Minister was not only short […]

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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: In the eyes of media persons

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: In the eyes of media persons

Journalist Somebody said this about the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat: He is an enigma, inside a riddle, wrapped in a puzzle. This description exactly befits Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. We could never understand what actually was on his mind when he would speak on a particular issue. He would speak in half sentences. For example, he […]

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From complicity to compromise: Political Life of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

From complicity to compromise:  Political Life of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

There has been much debate in the Kashmiri and Indian media about the political legacy of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (1936-2016). Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was never a popular leader in Kashmir except in small pockets which supported the Congress. It is quite likely that Mufti will go down in history as a pro-India Kashmiri politician who […]

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‘He wanted to preserve the Muslim identity of Kashmir’

‘He wanted to preserve the Muslim identity of Kashmir’

I see Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as a very mature and seasoned politician. He conducted politics with ethics and on his own terms. He belonged to that class of politicians for whom politics was a passion rather than a profession. In his individual life as well as political life, honesty was the buzzword. Even after being […]

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