Sonrise in PDP

  • Kashmir Ink Correspondent
  • Publish Date: Jan 20 2017 8:28PM
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  • Updated Date: Jan 20 2017 8:28PM
Sonrise in PDP

                                                              Photo:Kashmir Ink

My hope is to bring peace and prosperity to the state where common man and VIPs will play and walk together - Tassaduq Mufti

As Kashmir plunged into unrest following July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahedeen militant commander Burhan Muzaffer Wani, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a backseat as the government forces started dealing with the mass protests.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and her Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar were the only visible faces of the government. Others in the party remained silent with the Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu giving one odd statement on the NDTV accusing separatists for sullying Kashmiriyat by closing doors to the members of parliamentary delegation.

However, most conspicuous absence from the political scene of the valley was “absence” of Tassaduq Mufti. After the death of former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Tasaduq emerged on the political scene of Kashmir as scion of Mufti family. He would accompany Mehbooba at every function. The legislators found him “affable and down to earth.”

Subsequently, Tassaduq started taking interest in the administrative matters and held meetings with concerned officials for the beautification of Srinagar city, tourism and ecology.

However, when the crisis erupted in the Valley and continued for next five months, Tassaduq packed his bags and moved to Mumbai, according to the sources.

Analysts here saw his absence as deliberate attempt by the PDP to keep him away from Kashmir crisis. The PDP didn’t want to “sully” the reputation of the Mufti scion as the Valley was battling the unprecedented crisis which led to over 90 civilian killings and injuries of over 12000 people.

Now when the government presumes that the crisis is over, Tassaduq joined the PDP formally on the first death anniversary of late Mufti at the Indoor Stadium here. In his short speech he promised to work for the development of the state including preservation of ecology and environment.

For some time since January last year, Mehbooba was quietly pushing Tassaduq toward turbulent politics of Jammu and Kashmir.

In 1989 Tassaduq left Kashmir for higher studies and gradually lost interest in Kashmir and its politics. Known as Nicky or Nixon among his close friends and family members, it is believed that Tassaduq was interested in politics during his school days but lost interest after he left the Valley for higher studies. Since Nixon was then the American president his friends would call him by the same name. And he didn’t mind it in spite of Nixon facing water gate.

Tassaduq is a cinematographer by profession, who earned laurels for his camera work for Bollywood movies like Omkara and Kaminey. Tassaduq has won the Zee Cine and Star Screen awards for Best Cinematographer in 2006 for Omkara. He had no interest in the politics but his friends say he never lost interest in Kashmir. His main concern remains environment, ecology and tourism.

In his first address to the legislators, last year, his focus was poor sanitation of Srinagar city and in his first address to PDP workers at Indoor Stadium he again talked about the ecology and environment. Now that he has formally joined PDP, it is to be seen what redeeming difference does he make.