Unrest Among Kashmir Youth

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Youth is the most powerful resource on the earth.The quality and the strength of a nation lie in the hands of youth. Therefore empowerment of youth is must for the future of a nation. As has been experienced in the past the energetic youth can do the greatest of things if they are offered proper guidance and quality education. The present generation finds itself in very different atmosphere than the past and is confronted with more obstacles and challenges.

The power of youth can never be harnessed. It is like a gushing stream or a mighty river which follows its course no matter how big are the obstacles. The power of youth if properly channelized and controlled could bring transformation in humanity for its progress. In the words of James Matthew Barrie youth is the joy, the little birds that have broken out of the eggs and is eagerly waiting to spread out its wings in the open sky of freedom ad hope. Today the power of youth has totally disrupted the entire world and the happiness of one class has been snatched by the other. Power of youth has been used for creating war hysteria in different parts of the world and consequently their dreams have been shattered. The life of present generation of youth is full of challenges as discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, language, and gender continues to haunt them.

Though Kashmir has all the natural resources to bloom the talent of her youth but they are wasted for want of compassionate and creative leadership. Sadly boys are pursuing the paths of violence only because of the wrong policies of our governments. Everyone has a dream here and wants to rise but the perpetual conflict is stopping them from realising their dreams. According to the global peace index South Asia is the most violent region in the world which is marked by internal conflicts. Kashmir has demographically never been as young as spirited as today. Kashmiri youth are the children of conflict. There is no one to listen to their concerns and provide a healing balm to their frustrations and anger.

The present generation is vocal and more argumentative than their parents yet it seems no one out there is to listen let alone understand them.The youth of valley become angry when they notice the widening chasm between what the so called leaders preach and what they practise. Education has made them less susceptible to manipulation and exploitation by mainstream politicians and the separatists who claim to represent them. The youth of Kashmir, despite facing unemployment and poverty never let the state down at any point. The issue of grave public concern is increasing frustration among the jobless youth of Kashmir.The frustration is genuine but unfortunately the present government is oblivious to the reality. Let not aspirations of six lakh jobless youth go unanswered.

Tariq Mantoo
mantootariq@gmail.com>

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