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First ever book on Omar Abdullah to hit stands tomorrow

india Updated: May 27, 2010 21:41 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

First ever J&K Bank Chairman Haseeb Drabu in Srinagar will release book on Jammu and Kashmir's young Chief Minister Omar Abdullah written by a Srinagar-based columnist Arjimand Hussain Talib on Friday.

Titled "Omar Abdullah: The Burdens of Inheritance", the book analyses some of the most daunting challenges confronting Omar Abdullah - from New Delhi-Srinagar relations to day-to-day governance, from economics to human rights, from global economic meltdown to internal economic resources, from regional and ethnic divisions to Baltal Land Transfer Controversy.

"Quite often, non-Kashmiris have written and set the agenda of political leaders in J&K. It is an attempt to define Omar's agenda from a Kashmiri perspective, primarily for non-Kashmiri audience. It is also an endeavor to make non-Kashmiri audience appreciate the gravity of the political and economic challenges under the political status quo in the state," said Talib.

The book touches the political life of Omar Abdullah ever since he took over as the state's Chief Minister after taking over the "burden of political legacies left behind by his grandfather and father on his tender shoulders."

"He is burdened by expectations of a sizeable segment of the state's population to reclaim the political autonomy that his grandfather and father could not reclaim during their years in power," said the author.

He said Omar is burdened by expectations to reclaim the state's political autonomy - promised by New Delhi at the time of the state's 'accession' with the Union of India - that his grand father and father could not reclaim during their years in power.

"For a certain segment of the population, he symbolises the same politics that his family is seen to have pursued - compromising the state's political sovereignty for guarantee to power and New Delhi's patronage," he added.

Talib said within India, he is seen as a 'young model politician', who is wedded to the idea of One India. "But then many questions are being raised today: has this dynastic politics delivered in J&K? How is he dealing with the legacies of his grand father and father? Would he be able to facilitate a just political settlement of J&K issue, and help establish durable peace in the state?" he added.