RN: Not to talk of electoral politics, it has not been able to solve the ‘ Real Issue of Kashmir’ participation or non-participation experiments have been done. No fruit. What is new in your theory of “clean politics”?
SF: So we are saying that what are the alternatives if you look at what have been the options. Which have been exercised in last 30 years.So we have tried electoral politics. Some people will say in 1987 Electoral politics failed. So then we tried for 30 years we have been trying. Lot of people will say that armed resistance also failed to get us any results. Some people will say India-Pak dialogue has also failed to yield any results. People will say appointment of negotiators and appointment of interlocutors has also failed to yield some results. Then what should we do. What should the options be like, then should we sit home and do nothing about it. So my belief is that even if Electoral Politics might have shrinked in the state but Electoral Politics still remains to be a method, remains to be a space which can be utilized and world over and across if you look at the history also we see that democratic method has always finally been something which prevails. So my idea is to use this electoral space for restoration of the rights of people and impress upon the India- Pak revive dialogue process and do something about the resolution of the dispute.
RN: People right from independence of India are facing hardships on large scale. From human rights violation to killings.
Strike the modalities to minimise the suffering permanently. Are you going to approach UN bodies, European Union, OIC, Arab League, International human rights Commission. Explain the ‘Roadmap’ if at all you have any?
SF: I think fundamentally our dialogue is with the Union of India and to impress upon union of India to the state rather than central Government to receive the dialogue process between India and Pakistan.
Finally, my belief is that any resolution will take off or it will get the attraction if the people of India first agreed to that there needs to be a resolution. We know that in last 70 years Delhi has not even acknowledged that there is a problem. The question of approaching UN, OIC and Arab League would arise after that. So I believe that first we need to work, we need to do our homework with people of India and try to build a narrative and try to educate the people in other parts of the country that there is a problem and this problem needs to be resolved and that the cost of this problem is being born on both sides there are killings in Kashmir if there are youngsters who are getting killed, soldiers also are getting killed and there are bystanders also who are getting killed. This war is not in anybody’s benefit. We need to do something about it. I think the first step to that will be to engage people in other parts of the country.
RN: Are you going to challenge ‘Indian Accession Theory’ and build the basis of your ideology on “Self Determination”. You talk of being a facilitator like PDP. Then how do you differ from PDP?
SF: The ideology of our party is that we need to acknowledge all the strands of political opinion which exists in the state so we are saying while there are people in Kashmir, the parties like NC, PDP. Who believe that Accession is final, there are also parties, there are also stakeholders who believe that accession is not final and who contest the theory. Which theory has attained the finality. We believe that we need to acknowledge both these realities and rather than taking a position on whether it is final or it’s not. Because that somehow restrains us from playing the role of an orbiter between parties. We are saying that we are here to acknowledge both these positions and take all the stakeholders on board and then move forward towards what can be done.
RN: What about the ‘Role of Hurriyat Conference’ in Kashmir issue. Why should people support you instead of Hurriyat Conference. If you dont subscribe to the viewpoint of Hurriyat, then Are you going to change the discourse and dilute the ‘Big Issue’ and bring it to the level of ‘Good Governance’ which Indian agencies are craving for so long.
SF: Hurriyat Conference has it’s important role to play. They do not subscribe to electoral politics. We are using Electoral politics for restoration of the political rights. Hurriyat Conference believes that Electoral Politics has failed to yield any results, I mean that is basically where we differ from each other. We are not here to dilute the big issue. We believe that talking about Governance without doing something about the resolution of the conflict is not going to work. Our experience of last 30 years tells us that good Governance will only be possible if you have peace in the region. So unless the larger dispute between India and Pakistan is resolved we believe that talking about Governance is not going to help.
RN: If you believe in only “Awareness Programme” through peaceful dialogue and discussion, then what is the fun of participating in Elections. You must have formed a ‘civil society’ or ‘An NGO’.
SF: Awareness programme is a part of the strategy. My political party is a socio-political organisation. We are not only about electoral politics. We are also about building the resilience at the grassroots level. The people who are joining us are activists, we want them to educate the masses about their rights, we want them to develop at as disaster management of volunteers. When there is a disaster. We want them to accompany the people in the ground to public offices where there issues are stuck. We want them to highlight the greviences of the people at the grassroots level. We want our activists to act as volunteers, act as donors, so this is not just only about the Electoral Politics. Elections are a part of our strategy to built resiliency at the grassroot level and also bring economic self sufficiency to restore the pride of the society in it’s own resources
RN: The people whom you are going to install in your party are the same people who do not have any clear cut strategy regarding the solution of Kashmir issue. Mention your Common Minimum Programme which is different from NC, PDP, Congress,PC etc?
SF: It is not so. I think 99% new people are in the party. If somebody from the existing party wishes to join us. We are very selective about that and we are not taking those people. We are taking only people who have proven integrity and who do not have complain against them. Some people who are in the existing political parties do bring in a lot of experiences. They add value to the organisation. But only those people who do not have a baggage, who do not have issues with respect to their integrity only they will be accepted in this organisation.