Abdullah Fatfoola

It is remarkable that Farooq Abdullah, minister in Manmohan Singh’s cabinet, father of the Kashmir chief minister, Omar Abdullah, and son of the Sheikh of the same last name, is so full of himself and knows so little history, that he had the absolute gall to act the monarch of Kashmir — a sovereign who’ll take his state out of the Union, he declared, if the Indian republic fails to remain secular! Should we all tremble in our shoes, our hearts aflutter at the prospect of so losing Kashmir. OR, should he be shown his place, and told that the only thing that can get out of the Indian Union are those members of his family as would to chose to join him in exile — somewhere. Surely, there’s some place in the world who’ll take this quack (for indeed he is a medical doctor, unbeknownst to many, who hasn’t needed to earn a living when he was all along being kept by the Indian taxpayer to the style he’s now become accustomed?)! SO, this is what Article 370 has come to — an opportunity for every tinpot CM or his/her relative having the temerity to shake a fist at the Indian state.

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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