8 June 2009: One does not want to be excessively harsh on Omar Abdullah, the young dynast and chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. But someone who was older, more experienced and had lived in the Valley through the worst years of Pakistan-backed insurgency (that later mutated into terrorism) would have responded more sensitively than Omar did to the death of the two young women of Shopian who he said had accidentally drowned. His own government, after more than a week of protests from locals, now admits on the basis of a forensic investigation that the women were raped and killed. The needle of suspicion points to the deployed security forces. The obvious question is, why did it take so long for the J and K government to arrive at (or admit of) the truth?