Omar Abdullah: a successful year in office?
Omar Abdullah, the youngest ever chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, completed a year in office on January 5.
The administration, youth and people of the state had huge expectations from Abdullah after the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference formed a coalition government with the Congress party last year.
“When he came into people, he wanted to prove himself as an excellent leader, but looking down a year that hope is slowly but surely diminishing because nothing concrete is happening on the ground,” says Raja Muneeb, a local resident of Srinagar.
“We have learned lessons from our mistakes. If we don’t learn lessons, then we will repeat those mistakes. I don’t want to forget anything but will learn lessons from them,” the 39-year-old Abdullah was quoted as saying.
Some critics have said Abdullah spent too much time outside the state and could not relate to the daily lives of the people in Kashmir.
Did the young leader take on more than he could handle? Or does he lack the maturity of a seasoned and experienced politician?
Were expectations too high? Or is it just too soon to rate his performance?