National Conference (NC) is one of the oldest regional parties in India formed in 1939. It evolved by challenging the feudal and autocratic rule and only this gained the party the widespread name. It gained dominance in 1975 and enjoyed pre-eminence for almost a century, it also faced a serious crisis of credibility in 1987 and went into hibernation in years of armed insurgency in 90’s and then returned back in 1996.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was another political party, established in 1999, provided an alternative to hegemony of NC Party. Initially, it won only a single seat but later it formed an alliance (United Progressive Alliance) in 2009.
Both the political parties ruled Kashmir for long enough, promised people to provide a government that could satisfy the demands of commoners and resolve the issues like insurgency and other internal conflicts within the state. The government shifted hands from PDP to NC and vice versa but the core issues were resolved. The castle of fake promises crashed and some regional parties jutted their necks out from August 2019 onwards, when the ocean of fake promises was holed from below by the BJP led central government.
The day dreams that NC and PDP kept hallucinating in minds of the people, manipulating them for their political gains, went in abeyance. Hence both parties seem to be in deep puzzle to drain out the issues within their arrogance filled behaviors that damaged the economy of the state from last two decades. Both these parties had never dreamt of such a situation and had planned of ruling the state for future generations.
NC supported all forms of corruption, political high-handedness, bureaucratic sinecurism and gave priority to their own people. For example, the majority of the job holders in Jammu and Kashmir were siblings of the political workers, even though they didn’t have required qualification for the jobs, which left the state economy in shambles.
In education department, the teacher to student ratio was way higher than the acceptable standards, thus the teachers were hired but there were less students and they continued to draw salary.
Under qualified employees, who were hired for the government job, still can’t write their names well, rendering fruitful service to the nation is a long shot.This is the kind of favour, NC government has given to Kashmiris.
On the other hand Sayeed Dynasty never saw the sun setting from their yards. All high order posts were taken by Sayeed’s for they sought themselves to be supreme than the rest of other Kashmiris.
Influential government posts were held by their relatives which in turn assisted them to nullify legal disputes arising out of their wrong doings. Since 2019, there are lot of transitions in government but opportunities were never shared equally amongst the people. So the rich became richer and poor became poorer. This marked the death of talent in garbage of the political orientation. The aims and objectives of the parties could have been faithful for quite some time while campaigning but once they were enthroned, only almighty knew conditions of masses.
The situation could have evolved if there was a huge contest or multi-party competition i.e. alternative leadership, whether independent or local parties, but such rising leaders were seen as a threat to existing nexus of political leaders, terrorists and separatists and hence were assassinated by unknown gunmen. The killing of the alternate leadership is a talk of immediate concern, which is one healthy step towards resolving the miseries of the people. It is time for hereditary succession to end so that a new beginning of the dynamic leaders, who can toughen the nerves of the society well and pulsate it thoroughly till the frustration comes to an end.
Slowly and steadily if the new political parties sweep the residue of those big fishes, it might then be a new political revolution in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. Assimilation of youth in political activities would tear the tensions that grew in minds of the jobless youth, also their energies will put a fuel inside the political grounds of valley, and shall squeeze the throats of militant outfits, responding them by putting the full stops over their apertures.