Sunday, January 11, 2009

Omar Abdullah - the new CM of Jammu and Kashmir

Omar Abdullah! I liked the way he spoke in the Lok Sabha:

"I am a Muslim and I am an Indian, and I see no distinction between the two. I don’t know why should I fear the nuclear deal. It is a deal between two countries which, I hope, will become two equals in the future. The enemies of Indian Muslims are not America or deals like these. The enemies are the same as the enemies of all those who are poor — poverty, hunger, lack of development and the absence of a voice….”
- Omar Abdullah, July 22nd, 2008, Lok Sabha. [13]

Now, he is the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir! Good. He was very sincere when he spoke in the Lok Sabha. When manyother leaders were shouting to just get the attention or to stop others from speaking, Omar spoke clearly and sincerely, whole heartedly, meaning what he said.

He is just 38 years old and well educated. Earlier, he was known as Farooq Abdullah's son and Sheik Abdullah's grandson. Now he will be recognised as the CM of Jammu and Kashmir. It is not going to be easy for him to manage Kashmir.

We had been to Amarnath 4 years back. It was very cold over there and drizzling. But everyone helped us throughout the way - the local police and our armymen. On the way back, we visited Kashmir also. When we were at the Jammu railway station, waiting for the train, an announcement came saying that all the trains to Delhi were cancelled. Then, we heard some shootouts, outside the station. All of us were scared. But we came out after sometime and caught a taxi. The driver was a local muslim. The highway was pitch dark. But he drove without headlights, for fear of terrorists' attack. We reached Delhi without any problem, thanks to him.

Hope Omar Abdullah will be safe from terrorists and bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir and protect its people.

Best of luck to him!

6 comments :

Renu said...

after a very lon time, Omar brought you out f your hiatus:)
. he is the youngest chief minister and seems to be a nice person, hope that he is an efficient and good administrator also...here one needs sharp brains also, good heart is not enough for us sadly:)

Sandhya said...

Renu, his father Farooq Abdullah was a loud mouth, that is all. Omar seems to be a sincere person. He was an MP and Union Dy.minister or something. He had resigned during the Gujarath riot period. Seems to be a strong minded person. Hope he will be safe from the terrorists.

Thanks.

dharmabum said...

amarnath - lucky you!!

happy new year :)

Sandhya said...

Hello Dharmabum, Happy New Year to you too!

Yes, Amarnath yatra was around 4 years back and what an experience, it was!

Thank you.

indianhomemaker said...

I was watching that speech and we, our entire family warmed up to him. Yes he did come across as very sincere,and very intelligent person.
If we are totally unbiased there is no reason why we won't like him.
I blogged about him too, and linked to this post...

http://smitha-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/12/vote-for-democracy.html

Sandhya said...

IHM: Yes, all of us were in front of the TV on that day, IHM. Both my husband and I, were overwhelmed when we heard his sincere speech. Whenever we see him in the TV, we feel as if we know him very well.

Thanks for your comments, here. I read Smitha's post too.

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