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February 14, 2020 |

All eyes are on the apex court as it will hear on Friday, February 14, a petition of Sara Pilot, the sister of former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, who has challenged the grounds on the basis of which her brother has been held under the Public Safety Act by the administration. Commentators have drawn parallels on how the legislation, described by the Amnesty International as a “lawless law,” was enacted by Omar’s grandfather and arguably Kashmir’s tallest leader Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, to curb the menace of illegal timber smuggling in the erstwhile state. But the tide has turned in J&K. Irony dies a thousand deaths as the scion of the Abdullah dynasty who also used the legislation liberally to detain Kashmiris, particularly youngsters, when the summer uprising of 2010 broke out, finds himself locked up at a government accommodation under the same charges of “inciting violence” and “threat to public order” that were slapped on protesters of 2010. Regardless, the apex court has a number of challenges at hand. First, and foremost, is the merit of the administration’s charges against the former chief minister that include, among others, his Twitter clout. What does this mean? Is one person’s Twitter clout sufficient to burst the bubble of ‘normalcy’ in Kashmir? What kind of normalcy is threatened by one Twitter account? And what is the image that the government is sending out by invoking these bizarre charges against a politician who has served J&K as well as in the cabinet of BJP’s patriarch Atal Bihar Vajpayee? There is no doubt that the people of Kashmir are angry with the mainstream politicians who have given them nothing more than few crumbs enough to keep them going. While the world is seeking better institutions of learning, we are yet to come out of realizing the dream of uninterruptible ‘bijli and paani’. Keeping Omar or the leadership of other Valley-based parties under detention is not going to serve any purpose. They can’t be “kept out of circulation” forever. At one point, they will earn their freedom and walk out. How long is it going to be till then? Union home minister Amit Shah last year said Congress kept Sheikh Abdullah behind bars for 23 years. Conversely, he may have been suggesting that a 10-year jail term for Dr Farooq or Omar was not such a bad proportion in comparison with 23 years? But that doesn’t settle the question of legality of Omar’s detention, which is what the apex court will be up against today!

 

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Question of legality

 Advisor Sharma asks Corporation to adopt new tourist business modules for better returns

February 14, 2020 |

All eyes are on the apex court as it will hear on Friday, February 14, a petition of Sara Pilot, the sister of former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, who has challenged the grounds on the basis of which her brother has been held under the Public Safety Act by the administration. Commentators have drawn parallels on how the legislation, described by the Amnesty International as a “lawless law,” was enacted by Omar’s grandfather and arguably Kashmir’s tallest leader Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, to curb the menace of illegal timber smuggling in the erstwhile state. But the tide has turned in J&K. Irony dies a thousand deaths as the scion of the Abdullah dynasty who also used the legislation liberally to detain Kashmiris, particularly youngsters, when the summer uprising of 2010 broke out, finds himself locked up at a government accommodation under the same charges of “inciting violence” and “threat to public order” that were slapped on protesters of 2010. Regardless, the apex court has a number of challenges at hand. First, and foremost, is the merit of the administration’s charges against the former chief minister that include, among others, his Twitter clout. What does this mean? Is one person’s Twitter clout sufficient to burst the bubble of ‘normalcy’ in Kashmir? What kind of normalcy is threatened by one Twitter account? And what is the image that the government is sending out by invoking these bizarre charges against a politician who has served J&K as well as in the cabinet of BJP’s patriarch Atal Bihar Vajpayee? There is no doubt that the people of Kashmir are angry with the mainstream politicians who have given them nothing more than few crumbs enough to keep them going. While the world is seeking better institutions of learning, we are yet to come out of realizing the dream of uninterruptible ‘bijli and paani’. Keeping Omar or the leadership of other Valley-based parties under detention is not going to serve any purpose. They can’t be “kept out of circulation” forever. At one point, they will earn their freedom and walk out. How long is it going to be till then? Union home minister Amit Shah last year said Congress kept Sheikh Abdullah behind bars for 23 years. Conversely, he may have been suggesting that a 10-year jail term for Dr Farooq or Omar was not such a bad proportion in comparison with 23 years? But that doesn’t settle the question of legality of Omar’s detention, which is what the apex court will be up against today!

 


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