If I can just put in my two cents

If you have asked for it, here are some Suggestion to the Resistance Leadership

Muhammad Tahir
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 12 2019 11:03PM | Updated Date: Jan 13 2019 3:39AM
If I can just put in my two centsFile Photo Aman farooq/GK

On Friday 5 January 2019, the Joint Resistance Leadership addressed the youth of Kashmir and asked them to give feedback and suggest new approaches to strengthen the ongoing freedom movement. Speaking from the Jamia Masjid, JKLF chief Yasin Malik urged the Kashmiri youth to visit the leaders, as “Doors of our offices and houses will always remain open for you and your feedback and suggestions on how the ongoing struggle can be taken to its logical conclusion”. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq concurred with Malik, and said: “It’s the resistance leadership that coined the slogan ‘Kashmir ka tarjuman, naujawan, naujwan’ (youth are the representatives of Kashmir)”. 

It seems that the resistance leadership has realised that the dynamics of the Kashmir conflict have changed, with the new youth generation being the driving force of the recent political mobilisations. Some youth are not satisfied with the current leadership, whose political strategies they see as overused, ineffective, and confined to what is being described as the “hartal politics”. A certain section of the Kashmiri youth has even risen in open revolt against the Tehreek leadership, and are desperately trying to project their own radical ideology. If there were disagreements within the older generation, there are disagreements within the new generation too. Such internal (ideological) discord, however, has not significantly affected political mobilisations in the common effort to dislodge the occupation. But, if reforms within the resistance movement are not initiated now, these internal disagreements among the youth will create conditions for today’s fringe to grow into a bigger force in future. 

Now, if I can just put in my two cents’ worth, here are a few suggestions to the resistance leadership:

a. The Joint Resistance Leadership should turn into a single party and create a new constitution.

b. The draft constitution should be made public, discussed threadbare, and adopted after a vote.

c. There should be a General Council which will represent the broad spectrum of the society, including the ethnic and religious minorities.

d. The elections for the General Council should be held at the district level, with each district having seats according to its population. 

e. The Central Committee should be composed of the members from the General Council and they should be elected by secret ballot.

f. There should be a quota of four seats in the General Council for the student representatives.

i. One seat for the representative of the general student body (college level elections)

ii. One seat for the representative of female students

iii. One seat for the representative of the minority students

iv. One seat for the representative of the socially marginalised    

The author is a research scholar at Dublin City University 


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