Karra confessions

Karra confessions
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Tariq Hamid Karra is probably the only parliamentarian who has resigned from parliament’s membership as well as quit the party he was instrumental in founding, apparently because he has been “outraged by the brutalities” on his people. Given the history of pro-India politicians and politics, Karra’s act deserves appreciation. However, one must be cautious in crowning him or others who might follow the suit as the practitioners of an ethical politics. The need for the caution is necessitated by looking into the circumstances leading to Karra’s apparently radical step. The possibility of his resignation was always there because, along with Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Karra had been substantially marginalised.  The duo had been so marginalised that they resorted to publically assigning such nicknames as “Birbal” and “Dream Merchant” to their party colleagues Naeem Akthar and Haseeb Drabu. While announcing his resignation before the media, Karra read out a very elaborate statement that does not hide his resentment, bordering hate, of the former colleagues, calling them political “novices” and “paratroopers”. Karra’s acidic spiel was as much directed towards the party and those who appear to have disempowered him as it was directed against “brutalities committed by forces”. The former PDP leader errs in reading the raging anti-India uprising as a reaction to the party’s treacherous pact with BJP or the failure of the overhyped Agenda for Alliance. Although, he appears to be concerned over the bloodbath carried out by the government forces for the past nearly two-and-a half months, his resignation now is only expedient. Karra told the media how he had been warning late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed about the repercussions of the alliance with the BJP and, in a point-by-point detail, articulated out how Kashmiri interests were being undermined at the “behest of the RSS”. Since the process of obliteration of Kashmir’s interests started a year ago, what stopped Karra from resigning then? Why wait for 85 killings to quit? Karra has divorced India’s parliament and PDP but his seemingly strong statement hardly makes any dent in the structure that thrives on status quo, his erstwhile party, like NC and others, being a cog in the wheel of that structure. Karra would like us to believe that one of the main reasons of the uprising is an ‘unholy’ alliance between BJP and PDP, steered by a few overbearing but clever ‘novices’. But the actual rot started when he lent himself to the manufacture of a political party that weakened Kashmiri resistance by its inherently deceitful circuitry.

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