This is Iltija Mufti – Mehbooba’s daughter on Kashmir’s political landscape

Arun Joshi

A long-awaited development on the political map of Jammu and Kashmir took place on Friday with the daughter of PDP Chairman and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Iltija Mufti, appearing during the party’s opening video episode calling for fight against what she called “unleashed repression on the people”. of the only Muslim-majority state (she did not use the declassified term Union Territory) of J&K. »

This is the PDP’s line of thought and articulation on the situation in Kashmir, in which the dignity of the only Muslim-majority region reigns supreme.

In the opening video episode titled “AapKi BaatIltijaKeSaath, uploaded on Friday evening, is a capsule from the party’s perspective on the situation in Kashmir in the context of the repeal of Article 370 in August 2019 in the broader context of the national narrative of ‘conversion’ from the Indian nation to Hindu Rashtra, with a relentless assault on the country’s democratic and secular values,”

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This episode promised it would be a fortnightly affair.

Iltija, who had appeared in national and international media during the months her mother was incarcerated following the August 5, 2019 changes to J&K, chose herself for the first time with PDP.

She had made highly critical comments against constitutional changes and the communication crackdown since August 5, 2019.

The gist of Iltija’s video, just under two minutes long against a backdrop of green bushes, was that although many assaults were inflicted on the people of Jammu and Kashmir to break their trust and plunge them deep in discouragement, people should not lose hope. She said the video was an attempt to engage with loved ones to find a way to raise “our voice” against attacks aimed at “breaking our will”.

This video is seen as the launch of Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter on the political scene. The difference in her expressions on the current situation, such as her and the party her mother leads” in Friday’s video was that she had put her name on the PDP’s Twitter account, whereas previously she spoke in as the daughter of Mehbooba Mufti and a voice for young people who have not been able to access the media to express their condition following the crackdown in Kashmir for weeks after the repeal of Section 370 Although it It was not clarified by the party or Mehbooba Mufti whether she officially joined the party, but the semantics and optics left nothing to the imagination.

Her entry into politics has long been speculated, and now it is almost clear that she would inherit the political heritage of her grandfather, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, via her mother Mehbooba Mufti, and many things would be clearer in the days coming. She chose to speak about her mother’s worldview on the Indian nation and “the injustice inflicted on the only Muslim-majority territory.”


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