A fortnight ago, people in Kashmir returned a fractured verdict that gave neither of the contestants in the state's 12th election enough seats to form a government. Yet it was a milestone in its half a century history of suicidal politics. This time people have rejected terrorism, dynastic rule and secessionist sentiment. The Indian National Congress and the young People's Democratic Party (PDP) are in the race for power. Since neither party can independently stake a claim to power, a coalition remains the only way-out. So far, agreement has eluded them and the Congress is seriously bent on forming a government with the help of independent legislators.