NEW DELHI, Nov. 23 -- The manner in which Governor Satyapal Malik dissolved the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has raised concerns about the fairness of the move and its implications in the militancy-hit state. One can perhaps agree with his reading that the PDP-NC-Congress coalition is prone to an early demise. But it is difficult to countenance his statements about the claimants' ideological incompatibility. To turn down a bid for government-formation on such grounds is patently untenable. It is also antithetical to conventional political wisdom that interprets split mandates as electoral licence for coalitions. The history of J&K is replete with coalitions, of which the most incompatible was the one between the PDP and the BJP. It failed in ...