Former Chief Minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti recently stirred a controversy about Hindi language when she said that she finds Hindi language strange and questions asked to her should be in Urdu only.
As she was appointed as the PDP President, she decided to speak to the media persons in Srinagar. Journalists surrounded her and asked questions about the event, she told a reporter that she doesn’t understand Hindi much and only questions in Urdu language be asked from her. While former CM’s remarks were hidden by her statement on the Inspector General of Police and that she and the Police Chief, both are doing their duties, many people found her statement problematic.
An analyst expressed suspicion that she deliberately issued such a statement to stir up controversy and even divide people on the basis of languages. Also, her statements are derived from the core mindset of the party that has been at the forefront of making seditious statements many times.
In January this year, when Mehbooba was giving an interview to an online portal based in New Delhi, she had raised questions over the motives behind the Balakote airstrikes and even called this incident a “mere drama enacted by the government.”
Back in the year 2018, then J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik had said that when Mehbooba Mufti was the chief minister of J&K, there were a higher number of militants recruited and stone-pelters too found it easy to attack the security forces. Mehbooba also had said once that if she had known earlier then she would not have allowed the army to kill Burhan Wani.
Mehbooba had called the incident in March 2019 “unfortunate thing that happened”. She said that she was well-aware that Burhan was popular on social media and he was neither engaged in any encounter nor had killed anyone. While being chief minister, she had given orders that local militants should be given a chance to give up arms and return back to normalcy.