It gives us an immense pleasure to discuss and put forward our opinions about your resignation and post resignation goals. Sir, Your resignation wasn’t a surprise to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir in the first place as your constant anguish regarding lynch-mob nationalism, civilian killings was reflected in your multiple posts on social media sites and other platforms. You have constantly voiced your opinion against the rise of communalism and marginalisation of minorities in India. It is just that your official declaration was awaited. People of Jammu and Kashmir have been continuously watching you since then. Well, Let’s not be oblivious to the fact that it is not an easy thing to do especially when you are occupying the country’s top services besides other difficult circumstances in Kashmir. It needs courage, conscience and audacity to implement. High five to you. Wishes and blessings!
Let us divide the whole discourse into separate narratives.
Response of the people
The moment you posted your resignation request, people thronged to your timeline and started peddling their opinions. Of course, they were multiple- adulation and abusive plus some others. But their response on your post (be it negative or positive) itself signifies the very concern that people of Jammu and Kashmir have for you. They consider you as a sane voice who possesses this disposition of calling a spade a spade, of not maintaining silence over the killings, bypassing of democratic methods of running a state (Recent dissolution of assembly among others) and various other issues. This shows that apart from all the fuss that’s going on since decades they endorse a sincere hope in the peaceful resolution of K-issue. They are so desperate that even a single alternative which provides them some sort of hope despite knowing that it is not so cut-and-dried thing which can be solved easily, yet they have that faith in the process and are ready to back that sane initiative.
Your determination and honesty has instantly channelled the youth of Kashmir towards being the active participants of resolution of this long standing issue which was otherwise absent. They see a true statesman in you which has been a long ambition yet to be found. That’s something to relish. That’s something to be happy off.
How you responded
Your response has been very matured and strategically to the point which is obvious from your intellect. The gesture of inviting people especially youth for seeking their opinion and pausing your course of action till then is something unheard off. You have this inherent capability and sincere urge to be in the public affairs and work for the betterment of people. The episode is going on and will unfold as you meet more and more people on the ground. Let it stay here for now.
Well, coming to the point of public opinion which you’ve openly called for it gives us an immense pleasure to put forward our thoughts which are fundamentally related to your future endeavours and specifically to the long-standing K-issue.
We would like to put it in points here:
1) There has been a dissent among the larger public regarding mainstream politics because politicians have failed miserably in their attempts to resolve this dispute. It is not that they haven’t tried but it’s the other way around. The narrative they have been selling here in Kashmir has never been positively responded by the people at Delhi. You know that very well. So, your case of joining mainstream might not go well among the larger group of people.
Sir, Caution here!
2) Moving forward towards your views regarding Hurriyat Conference, that needs a bit deliberation (Sure you will accept our viewpoint here because we agree to disagree) True your presser clearly portrayed your difference of opinion with them regarding electoral politics. But you might need to know Why they are against electoral politics? Evidently, because they have had a miserable experience of electoral politics in Kashmir. Not only rigged elections but no democratic space even in assemblies was spared for them.
Our opinion here, you can talk to them and see what actually went wrong over many years.
3) The focus on governance is probably not an issue of that much importance right now instead political dialogue is direly required which has been absent all throughout our history. Here both the separatists as well as mainstream politicians have unfortunately failed.
Here you can help in creating conducive atmosphere for political dialogue for that mainstream politics is not necessary.
4) The apparent reason which you have cited for your resignation was “unabated killings”- so joining any existing political party clearly contradicts that. They have been equally responsible.
Sir, prefer not to join any existing political party.
5) Another option of fighting parliament election might not go well also. Even if you qualify and join parliament the time allotted is practically negligible since representation is very low.
The most viable option would be to meet more and more people across all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir including Ladakh, Chenab Valley and other areas and accordingly create a cadre of people, who can work together to chisel out a solution/strategy which can be practically implemented on the ground so that this state can be removed from this quagmire of violence where people can live peacefully and develop.
This population needs a fresh outlook and a true voice and we are absolutely sure about You being the one. Wishes and Blessings!
No more delusions! No more illusions!
Lastly, All the above-mentioned opinions have been crafted based on the responses of the public of which we are apparently a part.
Sincere, apologies for any politically incorrect statement.
Regards and Respect,
Sahir Majeed and Ishfaq Maqbool Tantray