“I have absolutely no idea”: Shah Faesal on mainstream politics in J-K

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Shah Faesal, who resigned from the top post of his party and quit politics has said that he has “absolutely no idea” on whether there is space for mainstream politics in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr. Faesal made the remarks while talking to a national newspaper, “I have absolutely no idea,” said Mr. Faesal while responding to a question if he saw space for mainstream politics in J-K.

He said that Kashmir faced a new political reality, and he did not want to show “quixotic dreams” to people when he had no power to change it.

In an interview to The Indian Express, Mr. Faesal also said a perception had been built he was an anti-national. “In the last one year due to some of my problematic utterances, a perception was built that I am an anti-national… due to some of my statements, I let down a lot of people who had immense goodwill for me. I want to undo that,” he said.

According to Mr. Faesal, he realised that in politics it was really hard to tell the truth to public. “I did not want to lead Kashmiris down the garden path and raise unrealistic expectations,” he said.

Mr. Faesal who topped the 2009 civil services exam said, he had not been speaking for almost a year. “I took my time lest it (quitting politics) was seen as a hasty decision. It has been a year since I spoke last,” he said.

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