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Cadres Keep Kashmir's National Conference Relevant

The party that Sheikh Abdullah founded was nurtured by its radical 'land to the tiller' movement of the 1950s, but these days, leaders seem to be living in the past. Luckily, the 2019 abrogation of Article 370 may be causing a recent resurgence.

Cadres Keep Kashmir's National Conference Relevant
Land to the Tiller Sheikh Abdullah addressing NC workers Photographs: Getty Images

Every day, Chaudhary Mohammad Han­ief, 70, leaves his house, located up in the hills of Dadkai village, at 9 am sharp. He walks down 2 km to reach the road and then walks another 5 km to reach Gandoh sub-district of Chenab valley. Throughout the day, he visits different offices with applications, complaints and demands of local villagers.

Hanief has been with the National Conference (NC) since his childhood. His father Mir Ali was with the NC when the party had launched the All Jammu and Kashmir Plebiscite Front, after Sheikh Moh­a­mmad Abdullah’s arrest on August 9, 1953, in the Kashmir conspiracy case.

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