Kashmir Youth: A Possible Way Out

Aadil Gulam Dar

A growing number of young people in Kashmir are suffering from emotional despair, low self-esteem, a lack of cultural connectivity, and a loss of values, writes A. G. Dar.  According to him low esteem makes youth susceptible to drugs, violence and suicide.  Such a situation provides an opportunity for the exploitation of certain groups and individuals for political purposes. Educating young people about peace would mean those aspects of daily life, which are deeply connected to our identity, become part of curriculum. Education is key to empowerment.

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A major initiative in supply of electricity

According to daily Khidmat, the Governor’s administration has signed an agreement with Punjab government, that would help the state in irrigation of land and to get more  electricity. Under the agreement, Shahpur Kandi’ project will be installed on river Ravi. It will help the state to make free use of waters from Ravi – 1069 M.F. 32000 hectors of land in Kandi areas, will get irrigation facility. The state will get 41 MW of electricity, besides 20% from Thein Dam project.

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A new wave

Khalid Isaac

Many youth, who are well qualified, have come forward to participate in polls and are emerging as new leaders in political arena of Kashmir. This phenomenon seems to have unnerved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ‘National Conference’ (NC), as both parties are talking about joining hands and forming a government. So they are abandoning their ideologies for a cause- “power”. The participation of youth in local bodies elections means a challenge for PDP and NC. New faces could emerge after Panchayat and municipal polls, that could be a game–changer.

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MAKE EXPORTS, NOT IMPORT SUBSTITUTION, FOCUS OF KASHMIR ECONOMY

Mir Saqib

The policy of import substitution aimed to replace the outside manufactured goods with locally produced to create employment and bring self-sufficiency was given a thrust. But there have been glitches. In the case of Kashmir, which has a seasonal and limited market, the main reasons for not being able to adopt the policy were, non-availability of raw material, competing with big companies difficult, local market limited and price competition is tough. Kashmir has options to increase its export. Kashmir is situated in an ecological and climatic zone that is different from rest of India. The flora and fauna are entirely different. Emphasis has to be given to  agriculture and horticulture sectors. There is much scope in the fields of animal husbandry, floriculture, mining minerals, medicine and health care and horticulture.

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A scandal of 23,000 crores?

The J&K Governor has cancelled the Group Mediclaim Insurance Scheme that had been enforced during the last days of previous Governor’s rule, writes daily Roshni. According to daily the policy was made compulsory for employees and optional for pensioners. The government enforced the scheme, and even first premium was deducted from employee’s salary. Employees had found the scheme not reliable and pointed out the same to advisor. Governor says he personally examined the scheme and found it to be a losing bargain, and full of irregularities. Now that it has been cancelled, the Governor should see that the premium paid by employees is re-imbursed to their accounts and those who were involved in the conspiracy be taken to task.

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  Local bodies elections – an analysis

In an analytic article, the daily Chattan writes that those who succeeded in getting elected feel happy, though percentage of polling has been low. Many independents also won. For the first time BJP could gain a foothold in these bodies. Well, during last 30 years, NC and PDP won elections, by taking advantage of boycott, and came to power. Now, other groups are following in their footsteps. Though people don’t look at these elections with a favourable view, yet those who were elected will enjoy authority. Surprisingly migrant Kashmiri Pandits did not vote for BJP. Congress and Panthers Party fared well in Jammu.

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The grim future

The unemployment problem is critical rather very serious and youth are getting frustrated day by day. According to daily Uqab, it is not unusual if the youth get attracted by gun, drugs, or crime. Being unable to live a normal life, they have to deviate. The tragedy is government has left them at their own. All can’t be absorbed in government, but government can explore other avenues of employment. The worst case of negligence by the government is ignoring handicrafts sector, which gave employment to many people. The sector is on downside and government is doing nothing to help it.

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Breaking the Kashmir Jinx

Arshad Khan

The hangover of partition looms large over the two countries and Kashmir, caught in context is paying the price. According to Arshad Khan the two countries need to realize that military approach has not and will not pay. It has been said that Lahore Declaration and Agra Summit were two occasions, when consensus had been reached and a road map worked out to resolve lingering dispute. But some vested interests sabotaged the process. Let the two countries institutionalize the dialogue process in order to develop a mechanism for resolving Kashmir imbroglio.

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Warning of an impending disaster

In an editorial note daily Uqab writes that the Valley is facing the menace of drugs. Recent police action shows that drugs are being traded on a large scale and a large number of young men have become drug addicts. This is a very serious situation and can devastate the society. If the civil society and common people don’t realize the seriousness of the situation and act to check it, there will be a disaster.

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The end without a beginning

 In an analytical article daily Roshni writes that hopes had emerged that India and Pakistan would forget their past bitterness and move on to build a good relationship and solve problems. Imran Khan had asked for restoration of negotiations to solve problems. Prime Minister of India had also given a positive response. It had also been decided that the foreign ministers of two countries would hold a meeting in New York on the sidelines of UN Gen. Assembly session. During Vajpayee’s time, many confidence building measures had been adopted. But this time, suddenly the meeting has been cancelled, because of killing of police personnel by militants. The people hope better sense will prevail.

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