The global economic meltdown is, no doubt, exacting a heavy price from New York to New Delhi. But it’s also becoming an excuse for everything that is going wrong in the world. The Hurriyat Conference, a separatist conglomerate, suffered a setback in the recent Jammu and Kashmir polls when its call for a boycott was ignored. Normally, this ought to be an occasion to sulk in the shadows and introspect regarding its political future. Alas, that is not being done. Instead, the Conference is invoking the meltdown.
“The financial recession is a worldwide phenomenon and its effects are inevitable. We have closed down district offices and reduced staff strength as a measure of reforms,” Hurriyat sources stated. But what is the connection between the two? Nothing really. Wonks would say correlation or association does not imply causality. But the Conference is unfazed and attributes the winding up of all of its district offices and slashing funds to its 26 general council constituents by 50 per cent to the meltdown.
There are no prizes for guessing that the Conference has a cash flow problem. Even the kitchen at the central office has had to be closed due to this crunch. Churches experience a similar crisis when the flock moves elsewhere for deliverance. So, the way forward is to get leaner and meaner than comfort oneself with the delusion that the global crisis is responsible for one’s political meltdown.