There is a massive difference between governing and acting like a theatre producer coming up with a spectacle now and then that awes , elates , or scares the people. The present ruling dispensation has been playing the showman rather than the king in the last five years. First they come up with a spectacle called DEMONETIZATION that knocks down the entire nation flat , leads to the death of nearly 150 people in bank queues and serves no other purpose.. Then they make a song and dance out of a SURGICAL STRIKE across the border as if, there had been no cross-border operations before. Of course then came the Phulwama suicide attack and we responded with the air strike. This is understandable. Unlike governments (Except perhaps ours) terrorists tend to think like showmen putting up fierce destructive spectacles to strike terror into people’s minds and to respond to them you have to play the showman too. So the airstrike was needed . Even if you didn’t drop a single bomb you have to give the impression that you did to keep people’s morale high. Feku-ing is often necessary for governance but playing feku itself cannot be governance. That precisely what our rulers are doing now. On the J&K issue. On a “Historical” day Home Minister Amit Shah waddles into parliament where after praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hilt for improvement of the situation in the insurgency-torn state as never before , lifting the curtains the latest spectacle put up by these theatre producers sorry government: Abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A of the constitution granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two union territories. Now, I am no fan of these two articles. I think its restrictions prevented the state;s development with no outside investments coming in to create jobs and make the state rely on tourism and handicrafts . It is also anti-women as it prevents them from inheriting property if they marry outside the state. These articles, frankly shouldn’t have been there at all but the shortsightedness of onr Jawaharlal Nehru ensured thst theu were incorporated into the constitution. But their revoking would cause more problems than we had earlier at this juncture. You can put a lid on the problemas bu massive deployment of troops but how long can you continue like this? The government has tied itself up in contradictions. If the situation has improved as never before how come they are not conducive to holding assembly elections? That means they have not improved. That is the bitter truth. Even government figures show that more people including armymen, paramilitary troopers and civilians have been killed from 2914 to 2018 than ever before. So the situation has either improved or not improved. You can’t have it both ways., guys// Now if the situation has improved, there is no need for turning the state into two u nion territories. By acceding to this the parliament has accepted a dangerous principle: That parliament can legislate to decide the fate of any state to alter their status and reshape them. This will only increase resentments and fuel increased violence in the Kashmir valley. And more youth could be lured to the cause of separatism. Granted you can fight violence with the might of the state but how do you fight the idea thart engenders violence? You need another, stronger idea. The idea of total unity with India would have been a stronger one if only the government has got its act together. . Let us not be blind to the fact that what is happening in the rest of India would impact on Kashmir. And what is happening in rest of India is not exactly a great ad for such a unity. Let us not forget that India’s largest minority community is the majority community in Kashmir. The atmosphere of fear and uncertainty spread among the community in many parts of the country is not going to strengthen Kashmir’s links with India. Every Akhlaq, Pehlu or Junaid killed in the charge of the cow brigade weakens Kashmiri’s faith in India and gives the impression this is no country for minorities. And parroting that what we do to J&K is an internal affair really does not help. Get real guys, part of Kashmir is under Pakistani occupation and even from that a slice has gone to China which also has its eyes oin part of Ladakh. How does that make it an internal problem? Saying we will keep demanding Pak occupied Kashmir is hilarious. If you keep demanding at one stage Islamababad will get tired and ha nd it over, is it? And for those supporting the government’s move, stop getting euphoric. The move is a part of the problem, not part of the solution. And the home minister puts up a brave face refusing to talk to the separatists. “We will only talk to the people”. And how will people communicate with you? You will not hold a referendum, will you?