Kashmiris are used to seeing a large number of soldiers in the UT. Be it the frontier districts or the hinterland, our Armed Forces have helped preserve Indian democracy by their strict neutrality to the political scene. The conflicts of 1947, 1965 and 1999 are a testimony to the courageous actions beyond the call of duty by the armed forces to preserve the sovereignty of this great nation. Today the armed forces are the symbol of national integrity and selfless service to the nation. Recently, strong developing connection between the Kashmiri Youth and the Indian Army has come to light. The ever-dynamic youth which wants to make the UT a better place, connects well with the Indian Army which act as the ‘’Sentinels of Kashmir’’.
People have realized that the psychological game being played by the western adversary for its vested interest has affected the Youth of Kashmir very badly and hence they have started coming into the mainstream rather than picking up arms. This can be seen clearly from the various camps and activities being conducted by the Indian Army where students came out to attend in huge numbers. In very recent initiatives conducted by the Indian Army, many girls contrary to the popular belief of the Kashmiri society have started attending and participating in various activities. The youth have started idealizing the Army as a medium of modernization.
The Indian Army has started interacting on a more frequent basis with the youth, keeping up the motto of “Aman aur Awam; yahi hai muqam”. There are many things which the Army sponsors for the youth to include, sports kits, books for higher education, conduct of lectures, organizing sports/educational activities and camps at various levels, awareness visit to various places, sponsoring higher education etc. Other than activities and camps, the Army also organizes workshops in where proper training is imparted to the youth for a specific kind of vocation or skill. As on date we can say that the initiative taken by Indian Army to channelize the creative energy of youth of Kashmir is paying rich dividends and all sections of society are being benefitted with the new look of the youth which has rejuvenated the society. Let us hope for a better and prosperous tomorrow.
Ideas, Opinions and Views expressed in articles are Writer’s own and may not be in accord with those of SUBAH KASHMIR