Farooq disillusioned with politics, says it has more bricks than bouquets

Farooq disillusioned with politics, says it has more bricks than bouquets

24 March 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: Though he has been in the politics for several decades and remained Chief Minister of the State for a considerable period of time yet National Conference president and Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr Farooq Abdullah, is disillusioned with the politics, which according to him, is only a crown of thorns. 'Politics is a dirty game….it is only a crown of thorns', Dr Farooq said while addressing a gathering at Abhinav Theatre here this morning after releasing latest poetry collection titled 'Chaman Barg Rez' of Dr Darakshan Andrabi. 'It has more bricks than bouquets. In politics your friends turn foes and abuse you more than your enemies', the Union Minister, who also heads oldest regional political party in Jammu and Kashmir, further said. Dr Farooq, who had been and still playing important role in the political arena of the State, said, 'had I taken the advise of my father seriously and acted upon it, I would have been in a more dignified position', adding 'politics is the field where good work is rewarded adversely… mainly by those for whom you have done something better'. Continuing with the tinge of disillusionment with politics in his speech, the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy further said, 'in politics you don’t have peace of mind. Be it at your home or outside you always remain in a tense state of mind', adding 'it is my advice to all those who want to have a peace of mind not to enter politics'. 'Main Nachta Bhi Hoon… Gata Bhi Hoon Aur Khamoshi Main Kabhi Kabhi Rota Bhi Hoon. Agar Aisa Nahin Karoonga To Sakoon Kaise Aayega' (I am dancing as well as singing. Sometime, I even cry. If I don’t do this how would I get peace of mind), the former Chief Minister of the State said. He asked Dr Darakshan Andrabi, who is also the president of Socialist Democratic Party, to shun the path of politics if she wanted to continue with her poetry as the same requires peace of mind for concentration, which she will not get in case she continues to be in politics. Stating that J&K has no dearth of talent, Dr Farooq said, 'J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages is the only platform for writers, poets and artists in the State', adding 'Academy has a pivotal role to play in promoting and propagating the sub linguistic identities of the State'. 'The growth of Academy, which is a very important institution, is imperative for giving boost to the linguistic identities of the State', he further said. Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora was also present on the occasion. Earlier, Secretary of the Cultural Academy, Atal Duloo said that literature of the State was one of the oldest in the sub-continent and as a true representative of State’s literary traditions, the Academy has been taking every possible step for its promotion and propagation. Deputy Chairman Legislative Council, Mohd Yousaf Taing, while speaking on the occasion, said, 'poetess like Darakshan are walking in the footsteps of their legendary predecessors'. Media Advisor to the Government, Farooq Nazki and Dr Darakshan Andrabi also spoke on the occasion. Ghazal Singer, Deepali Watal also sang two ghazals of Darakshan in Kashmiri and Urdu, which were highly appreciated by Dr Farooq Abdullah.