The Mufti is no more


The Mufti is no more. The man who was chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir died in harness. Two times chief minister, he was widely seen as being soft on Pakistan.

Outside of his native Kashmir, India will probably remember Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for reasons that he may like best to forget.

In 1989, when he was the country’s Home Minister, his daughter Rubaiaya, who now lives in Chennai, was kidnapped. The kidnappers released her in exchange for a few militants.

Essentially, a Congressman he broke away from the party, rejoined, broke away again to finally form the People’s Democratic Party, circa 1999 with the dream of resolving the Kashmir problem.

A law graduate, he brought down the Congress government in J&K in 1987 and joined the Jan Morcha.

His other daughter, Mehbooba Mufti, will now succeed him in another exercise in dynastic succession in the long history of Indian politics.

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About Pattabhi Ram

A chartered accountant by profession, a writer by passion and a teacher by accidental choice.
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