Alienation at its peak

Alienation at its peak
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Kashmir IAS topper Shah Faesal quitting the government job as a mark of protest against killings in the Valley is a big setback for the people sitting in New Delhi.
People who believe that use of force only can restore normalcy in Kashmir should see the writing on the wall and need to give a thought to initiate a political process aimed at reaching out to the people of Kashmir. They need to change their attitude and realize that they cannot resolve Kashmir at the gun point.
When PDP-BJP government was ruling Jammu and Kashmir, Centre appointed Dineshwar Sharma, former director of Intelligence Bureau, as its representative to hold talks with the every section of the society. But Sharma was given a limited mandate and was told in clear terms that he cannot cross the line. Sharma met number of people in Jammu and Kashmir but failed to strike a chord with the separatists and the militants as he had nothing to offer them.
Shah Faesal saying goodbye to a top post is a serious development. If Delhi just down plays his resignation it would mean that people sitting in the national capital are not interested in restoring normalcy in the Valley and for them youth hardly matter.
It’s unfortunate that Delhi believes that at the most it can do is that it can appoint a special representative and keep people busy. This mindset needs to change and if people at the helm don’t reach out to the youth we can see many more Shah Faesal’s resigning in coming days. It’s up to New Delhi to stop this trend and address the issues which are hurting Kashmiris and are pushing them to wall.