Why The New Generation Must Re-imagine Kashmir?

by Iqbal Fahim

A friend of mine Syed Altaf Bukhari, since a year, has been advocating political reconciliation theory to patch up the political differences with the central-political power-sharing holders, forgetting the previous socio-political history of the Jammu and Kashmir State and start afresh for restructuring political future of the State. I thought that there would not be any stakeholder of the political reconciliation theory, ignoring the political stand of the Hurriyat on Kashmir political conflict.

Dr Shah Faesal (IAS)

Accidentally, I came across an article entitled Paradox in Valley floating the same thought line of reconciliation patching up political differences with India, in the Indian Express, co-authored by Shah Faesal and Mehboob Makhdoomi. Revising the political thought structural systems of Jammu and Kashmir is not a sin, not to be condoned.

The resignation of Shah Faesal from the post created sensational situations in political circles at National and state levels cornering the central government for the managed social polarisation and marginalisation of minorities particularly Muslim Community forcing its migration.

The Jammu and Kashmir young generation should come up with the understanding of politico-religious and socio-political thought systems of the State. New policy-religious thought structures can be explored to finish up the political acute conflicts.

I think that Shah Faesal perhaps has not deep comprehension of the complexity of Kashmir political problem that Jammu and Kashmir State has remained bone of contention amongst India, Pakistan and Hurriyat. Consequently, the main political parties construed stooges to have lost their relevance and social meaning resulted in political vacuums, tried by Central political powerhouses to be filled by enticing educated youth to render all the political parties redundant politically meaningless.

Hurriyat apparently dominates the socio-political scenario of the State entangled in a cocoon, lacking consistent Intellectualism to get out of the socially interwoven web.

Shah Faesal with his comrades zips his lips on the of erosions of State Constitution, Article 35A, 370 threatened to its being deleted in order to initiate demographic change reducing majoritarianism.

To become parliamentarian/MLA is not a big problem, even Kukka Parry was gifted with the post, but the question is, can Shah Faesal, if taken to be parliamentarian bring a perceptible change in the mindset of the people. We have seen many people who were sent to Parliament but what they have done, Farooq Abdullah, Muzaffar Beigh and others sent, have advocated Kashmir problem albeit Farooq Abdullah who sternly advocate autonomy for the State did anything solid and the proposal of Autonomy passed by his Assembly could not save it from being thrown into Dustbin and Shah Faesal is no exception in Central political schemes of things.

Mehbooba with bitter tears could not bring India and Pakistan on conversation table for the solution of Kashmir problem but ignorantly lost government assimilating the socio-political meaningfulness.

Now, Farooq Abdullah again reciting the autonomy line to entice the voters, forgetting political doom of his father, but the time for the young generation to join National Conference is to go for the suicidal attempt.

Iqbal Fahim

Shah Faesal should have come equipped with the knowledge and understanding of Kashmir socio-political history and if things are otherwise, he should not create political confusions and uncertainties.

I appreciate the analysis of Paradox in Valley done by young university students who have placed the article in a way in rational perspective and context.

(A retired principal of higher secondary institute, Iqbal Fahim is a poet, writer and author. An anthology of his short stories was published by Sahitya Academy)


  1. I appreciate a different perspective from you. Personally, I do not have a doubt that Kashmiri politicians have not played their part sincerely. Dr. Farooq Abdulla is the one who contributed to poor governance in a significant way. He could have done much more. 1987 elections were the turning point, he should have allowed the elections to be conducted in the free and fair way, things would have been different today. Kashmir requires the healing touch today and rationalization of thought process that guns in the hands of youngsters will not take them anywhere. Pakistan itself is in turmoil and there is no way that India will be forced militarily, not even by superpowers. So the solution lies with us only.

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