‘Kashmiri Pandits should be brought back to their homeland’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 31 January 2019

“In Jammu and Kashmir, the politicians have always tried to take undue advantage of people’s blood. The youths need to enter the politics in order to create trust amongst the Kashmiri people, and try and resolve the Kashmir conflict,” Dr Shah Faesal added.

PUNE: “The conflict of Kashmir has persisted for so many years not due to the lack of money, but because of political failure. In order to repair the shortcomings of the failed politics of the state, I decided to sacrifice my job and enter politics,” said Dr Shah Faesal, a Kashmiri IAS officer who has recently resigned in order to serve people through political and social work. 

He was speaking at the inauguration of the 12th Kashmir Festival - Bonding With Kashmir organised by Sarhad and Arham Foundation, in the city on Wednesday. 

Commenting on the most controversial issue of Kashmiri Pandits, Faesal stated, “Our state is a combination of the cultures of all the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. I wish to bring all these streams together. Kashmiri Pandits are an important part of our culture. I don’t understand why is there a delay in bringing them back to their land. I wish to preserve and take forward the diversity of Kashmiri culture. 

He further said that while through administrative services, he could give people the basic amenities like roads, electricity, water, etc., he was not able to solve the political conflicts. This led him to enter politics. 

“In Jammu and Kashmir, the politicians have always tried to take undue advantage of people’s blood. The youths need to enter the politics in order to create trust amongst the Kashmiri people, and try and resolve the Kashmir conflict,” he added. 

He also stated that the people of Kashmir have given up on all the hope that their problems could ever be resolved. “The youths need to enter the politics so that the trust and faith could be reinstated in the people. Going beyond caste, religion and political ideologies, the Kashmiri youths must try to help Kashmir,” Faesal added. 

“In order to bring about a positive change in the political scenario, it is necessary that the youth enter the politics. After I resigned from my job, I thought of entering a political party. However, looking at the response I am receiving from the youths, I think there is a need to start a new political party in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. 

Gaash, a musical band of Kashmiri youths also performed at the inauguration. The band comprises of youths who had faced scars of Kashmir conflict at a young age and were rehabilitated by Sarhad Pune.

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