Faesal seeks to re-imagine J&K mainstream politics
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.