Iqbal Sonaullah

Iqbal Sonaullah

A freelance journalist and a blogger from Indian-occupied Kashmir. His writing is a reflection of what he has faced while growing up in conflict. Currently, he is studying at the Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He tweets @IqbalSonaullah (twitter.com/IqbalSonaullah)

Indian-occupied Kashmir under Omar Abdullah: Six years of disaster

In Kashmir, politics has always been a game of possibilities, and it remains so even today. So long as the ‘core issue’ remains unattended, neither any change in the political leadership – in mainland India, in Pakistan or in Kashmir – nor any economic package or assistance really makes a difference. And today’s politically-motivated relief camps stand in the row. Deep inside their hearts, all political parties know the extent of their political acceptance. No politician, howsoever articulate and famous, has won an election in Kashmir unless the subtlety of his election campaign encompassed decisive elements of the freedom narrative. So the rules ...

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