Fae­sal seeks to re-imag­ine J&K main­stream pol­i­tics

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I wish if the young­sters of state give me an op­por­tu­nity I would be happy do a re­take of Im­ran and Ke­jri­wal. Shah Fae­sal,

2010 IAS top­per

Srinagar: Call­ing for re-imag­in­ing main­stream pol­i­tics in Jammu and Kash­mir, 2010 IAS top­per Shah Fae­sal, who re­signed from ser­vices in protest of the killings and in­tol­er­ance, on Fri­day cau­tioned against pre­sum­ing that the sep­a­ratist con­glom­er­ate had no role to play in the state.

“There has been lot of anger the way the main­stream has been con­duct­ing in last so many years... Main­stream pol­i­tics will have to be reimag­ined. We need to tell the truth to the peo­ple. As of now I have no plans of join­ing any ex­it­ing main­stream po­lit­i­cal party. I plan to go to peo­ple, lis­ten to ground whis­pers, young­sters, im­por­tant stake­hold­ers of the Val­ley and the state, and then take a de­ci­sion,” Fae­sal said.

Rul­ing out join­ing Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence, he said that his spe­cial­i­sa­tion is gover­nance and he wants to use his skills as ad­min­is­tra­tor. “Be­cause Hur­riyat does not give that kind of op­por­tu­nity, and very rightly so be­cause they do not be­lieve in elec­toral pol­i­tics,” he said.

Fae­sal, how­ever, cau­tioned against ig­nor­ing the role of the Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence in the state. “I think we should be able to judge the rep­re­sen­ta­tive char­ac­ter of Hur­riyat if you give them op­por­tu­nity to fight elec­tions...we never know whether they (cur­rent politi­cians) will win if Hur­riyat con­tests. It will be very wrong to pre­sume that Hur­riyat has no role to play in the state”, he said

Fae­sal also favoured dis­cussing taboo words like ‘azadi’, ‘right to self de­ter­mi­na­tion’ and ‘plebiscite’. “If you are in de­bate with some­body it is okay if you dis­cuss these things,” he said

He also dis­missed talks of float­ing his own po­lit­i­cal party or con­test­ing in­de­pen­dently, he said there is a lot of trust deficit in the state.

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