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Shah Faesal wants to disrupt, reimagine politics in Kashmir

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SRINAGAR: Shah Faesal, the 2009 civil service exam topper from Kashmir who has recently resigned from the service, on Friday said he wants to fight elections and disrupt existing mainstream political structure in Jammu and Kashmir.

The former bureaucrat clarified that he was not an alternative but an addition to existing political system, and considers parliament or assembly viable platforms to bring in change. However, he doesn’t plan to join any existing mainstream political party soon, and would rather reimagine and disrupt the politics the way it has been happening here, Faesal said at a press conference here.

He reiterated that his resignation is an act of defiance against New Delhi. “I am putting across a small act of defiance to remind the central government of its responsibilities towards people of J&K,” Faesal said. “It is important that right to life of Kashmiri youth is respected. People of India need to come to the rescue of people of the state.” He said he was inspired by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and would love to do their kind of politics, but has limitations working in a conflict zone. Faesal said he cannot join Hurriyat as they don’t believe in electoral politics, but it is wrong to say that they don’t have a role in resolution of Kashmir issue. He said mainstream politicians in the state have to open their eyes and engage with taboo words like ‘azadi’ and ‘plebiscite’ or right to self-determination.

Source: Economic Times