Unemployment Cause for Educated Youth Becoming Militants: M M Ansari

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‘Hurriyat Mature Enough to Decide on Poll Participation’

New Delhi –Former Chief Information Commissioner, M.M.Ansari, more famous for his role as one of the three high profile interlocutors on Kashmir appointed by GoI, Thursday said that Hurriyat Conference was subservient to none and that it could itself decide whether it should participate in the elections or not.

Ansari lamented the fact that the recommendations by the interlocutor panel were not implemented. “It is an irony that our political recommendations were not implemented while the people of Kashmir had pinned so much hope on us (the interlocutors),” said Ansari adding that highly educated youth of Kashmir join militant ranks because they are being deprived of their right to employment. Ansari said it would prove beneficial for the people of Kashmir if Hurriyat Conference participated in the elections. “No one can suggest to or compel

Hurriyat to take part in the elections. Hurriyat is an autonomous body and it can decide on its own whether it should participate or not,” said the former interlocutor. He said, in a democracy, everyone had a right to take decision in free and peaceful atmosphere. Reacting to the reports that educated youth were joining militant ranks at an alarming rate, Ansari said it was all because of unemployment.

“Thousands of youth after attaining degrees are jobless and there are no avenues for them. They aspire a lot and ultimately get motivated to resort to stone-pelting or militancy,” he said,“Once the government provides employment, no educated youth will take to the gun.” Ansari said people usually complain there is no governance in the State but they must participate in the elections to get rid of their grievances. “People must participate in elections to elect a good government which will represent them in true sense and will address their problems. I believe that a free and fair election is the solution for the creation of a conducive atmosphere,” he said. Ansari lamented that the political recommendations presented by him and his fellow interlocutors were not implemented. “Had those recommendations been implemented, that would have been a great leap towards the resolution of Kashmir,” said Ansari.

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