Education Needs A Congenial Atmosphere, Geelani Tells Visiting Team

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Srinagar: Senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani Thursday reiterated that no sane person can oppose or deny the importance of education. “We believe that education is one of the basic necessities for not only nation building but for the individual self as well,” Geelani told the visiting Track-II diplomacy members who called at his residence while en route to Delhi after completing their 3-day visit to the valley.

“Education can only thrive in a calm, peaceful and dignified atmosphere, as mere attending the school may sooth the eyes of perpetrators and their jingoistic media may capture them in their lenses to portray an illusionary breakthrough, but these innocent kids will be far from getting their education as they are mentally and psychologically disturbed and terrified,” he said.

“Government showing concern with regard to education is only to befool the people and safeguard their own ministerial berths,” he said. “How can a student wholeheartedly attend his school when his close relatives, father, brother, cousin, friends, neighbours and classmates are the worst sufferers of the state-terrorism and are either in the graveyard, or admitted in hospitals, or slapped with PSAs or tortured in police stations and interrogation centres.”

If the authorities are really concerned and bothered about the education, they should release all people including students, withdraw the cases against them, stop police vigil, put an end to the barbarism, night raids and allow peaceful demonstrations which will help in creating a conducive and peaceful atmosphere.

Exams can be deferred so that students can get time to prepare and prove their worth on their own. It should be followed by concrete measures to address the root cause and ‘mother of all evils’ – the illegal and forced Indian occupation. Otherwise beating the drum of education is nothing but mockery and imperialistic designs to strengthen this unwanted occupation.”

The statement issued by APHC quoted the delegation members as having said, “Delegation stressed upon the issue of education and were of the opinion that students should not lose one complete academic year and government authorities are also worried about it.”

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