ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Kashmir Model

THINKING sections of Indian public opinion can be forgiven the thought that the post-Abdullah rituals in Srinagar are a kind of dress rehearsal for what is one day planned for Delhi. The false intimation about the time of the father's death, the hasty swearing in, the solidarity pledges among the political factions as waves of grief shook the valley, the continental mourning, with visitations to the bereaved family, the sudden dismissal of the father's government and the installation of a 'young team', and, of course, the populist rhetoric about throwing dissenters into the Dal Lake, are part of a scenario that is very familiar and very repeatable.

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