What Kashmir’s Fax-Machine Politics Means for Its People


What Kashmir’s Fax-Machine Politics Means for Its People

Illustration: Arati Gujar


ith the 2019 general elections looming, politicking in India is reaching a fever pitch. Nowhere is this more true than with the nation’s favourite political football, Jammu & Kashmir. Facing a contested government – where the People’s Democratic Party, the Congress, and National Conference have staked a claim to form the government – the state’s Governor Satya Pal Malik “took matters into his hands”, and dissolved the state assembly yesterday. Of course, Malik is a BJP appointee, and that always complicates matters… especially when it comes to the Valley.

Previously, the constituent assembly of J&K was dissolved in 1957, paving the way for the state assembly. Now, the state assembly has been compromised because of an alliance gone wrong. The local PDP, in a break from their traditional coupling with Congress, threw their lot in with the BJP in 2015. But like Aman and Naina in Kal Ho Na Ho, they were doomed from the start.