Youth is a stage of life that falls between the childhood and the adulthood. This stage of life is a hub of creativity, energy, agility , etc. However, it also is the stage of emotional instability. For a nation to achieve the greatest things of a civilisation, it is youth that can play a vibrant role in this endeavour.
India is proud of Demographic Dividend. It means that India has 62.5 % of its population in the age group of 15-59 years. It shows that we are living in an age where the potentials of youth can be channelised into constructive ways. Nevertheless, it is looking a distant dream , given the present situation in India.
At the present moment, the whole world is engulfed by the COVID-19. The avenues for youth are narrowing with each passing day. Socially, economically, politically, morally, etc ., the youth of today find themselves isolated and marginalised more than ever. Same is the situation here. The youth of Kashmir are full of unique characteristics but have limited or no means to show their potential. They are passing through so difficult times an outsider can hardly imagine. Like their past they stare at a gloomy future.
When we talk of the youth of Kashmir in the present situation, the picture is already blurred. They had just emerged from a seven month long lockdown when they found themselves locked in again. What our youth are going through can be any ones guess.
Adding to the misery the government refuses to unlock the most vital source of communication, the internet fully, even after this new phase of isolation was necessitated due to COVID 19 outbreak. We can’t meet each other. We can’t talk to each other. We can’t go into someone’s house. We can’t have social gatherings. Friend circles are gone in the real world and the virtual world of the friend circles are inaccessible.
In this backdrop youth of Kashmir feel choked. These are the testing times of any society but here one can not even communicate with the loved ones staying outside the four walls of your home.
These times test the efficiency of a society but here, it is not a thought at all. I myself being in my youth, am busy in counting the cases of corona virus. I feel helpless. My constructive powers are wasted. A youth goes through the darkest stages of life, to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But in this part of the land, the tunnel has no end and the possibility of a light is an utopian concept. Our lives are meaningless. We live for the sake of living. I like others have a habit of time passing. Not knowing how to utilise this precious time in making a change that we cherish in our bruised hearts. My eyes well up with tears when I meet my friends . They say that in this big world we are alone.
Syed Mustafa Ahmad
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