In his LinkedIn profile, Ankit Love describes himself as “His Highness The Emperor (Maharaja), Sovereign State of Jammu and Kashmir”, which is not just an exaggeration but politically incorrect. Yet there is no denying that Love is a Dogra royal by ancestry.
Now this Kashmiri-by-blood man is aiming to become the mayor of London. His party, curiously named ‘One Love Party’, is a proponent of world peace.
Love is an Indian-British. He is the only son of Bhim Singh, the chief of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, and Jaya Mala, a Supreme Court advocate.
He is aware that his party – the least-funded among the contenders – has very little chance of winning the race but he would be motivated to walk on the political path if he gets even 2 per cent of the votes.
A musician by profession, Love came to England in 1989 when insurgency was began in Kashmir.
So what does this 32-year-old man bring on the table for London folks?
- Clean air for Londoners
- Around a million cheap homes by 2020
- Construction of six new bridges in East London
- A bicycle superhighway
- Driverless electric cars
- Drones that would repair streets
- Legalize cannabis
What does Love think about Kashmir’s political future?
He believes that there can be a political solution to the Kashmir dispute with the unification of Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. (Sounds like Akhand Bharat to me).
Love is of the opinion – and his father himself said that at a press conference in New Delhi – that a confederation of the three South Asian countries would end the political strife that has been ongoing for the last 69 years.
Who is Bhim Singh?
Singh is a big name in Kashmir’s politics. In 1973 Indira Gandhi herself appointed Singh as the president of the Congress party in J&K before leaving it in 1982. A two-time MLA, Singh has been jailed quite a few times for leading agitations.
In 2015, the government ousted him from the VP House in New Delhi for having stayed there for 30 years as a “guest”. He had been allowed to stay there by then prime minister Chandra Shekhar in 1991, at the height of Kashmir insurgency.