As always, both Manas and Indrajit in the Sunday HT on this bright, sunny, wintry morning in this capitalshitty were excellent reads - and if you read between-the-lines of Manas' cutting humour - on all these State- , non-State- as well as all other ACTORS - not excluding their Supreme Court! - in this grotesque Indo-Pak "political theatre of the absurd" - and then ponder Indrajit's reflections on Balochistan, which reveal EVERY INDIVIDUAL must be Perfectly Free to Keep and Bear Arms For Self-Protection, as "politicisation" of this LIBERTY by converting it into yet another uselss "political right" is SUICIDAL, especially for "minorities" - well, after reading these, my ever-so-clever reader will surely realise that mj akbar's as well as shobhaa de's columns in the Sunday ToI are CRAP - and as for this JOKER anil dharker arguing in the SToI for "more women judges" - well, in Sri Lanka just the other day, they found their WOMAN Chief Justice of their Supreme Court Guilty-of-Corruption - and is is also a FACT that India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have all been SYSTEMATICALLY DESTROYED by WOMEN-on-TOP.
NOT what MEN-like-ME call the "missionary position"!
But what was really the BEST-of-ALL was this interview with omar abdullah, son of farook abdullah, and grandson of the sheikh abdullah, the COMMUNIST who established this NATIONAL CONFERENCE Political Party which his descendants have inherited.
Since Kashmir is the "bone-of-contention" in this "political theatre of the absurd" that Manas made me LAUGH-OUT-LOUD at - let us begin with the very title of this StoI interview with omar abdullah, current Chief Minister of the erstwhile Princely State of Jammu & Kashmir, of which one portion has been "separated" aeons ago, and remains Pakistan territory, of which the principal cities are Gilgit, Hunza and Skardu - and through which territory The Karakoram Highway passes from CHINA into PAKISTAN - but into which territory - nor into CHINA - has INDIA any HIGHWAY - indeed, the Old Mughal Road from Kashmir-to-Dilli is STILL BROKEN! - only because All The Money is being spent on the 30+ years old Permanent Siachen War in PERMAFROST!
Let me add that, in the year 2002, when I lectured in Srinagar, the then Finance Minister of J&K - a former Supreme Court of India LAWYER! - in response to my query - informed me that 90 percent of His Budget comes from Nude Elly!
The title of omar abdullah's interview reflects MEDIA ATTENTION on this phenomenon of panchayati raj office-bearers resigning en masse, after many were KILLED reportedly by "militants" - who are usually assumed to be "terrorists" and thus The Bad Guys - but omar in this interview mentions the curious FACT that one such village council office-bearer was killed with a bullet from a COUNTRY-MADE PISTOL - a weapon that omar himself confesses would never be used by any militant or terrorist - and which indicates LOCAL HOSTILITY towards these "political agents" of The State - a State Government in a Forcible Union that relies upon the Forcible Union for a full 90 percent of its Budgetary Requirements, thereby establishing clearly that this is a CLIENT REGIME.
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PROTECT ALL PANCHES & SARPANCHES
Leave aside the MORE MONEY omar will require to PROTECT these "democratically elected" heads of VILLAGE COUNCILS from their Own Constituents - by demanding MORE from the Forcible Union - leave aside the ABSURDITY of it all - and let us now focus attention on the last question the interviewer posed - and the answer he received from omar: