The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) met in New Delhi today and took the first steps to address the problems in Jammu & Kashmir. As always, there will be criticism but for a Government that seemed flatfooted for months, it has, to its credit, followed up the All Party Delegation visit with a package that tries to rebuild public confidence, while staying focused on the security situation on the ground.
One of the casualties of the vicious cycle of stones, strikes and curfews has been the potential loss of an entire academic year for students in the affected areas. It is in Mr.Geelani’s interest to exhort young people to keep up with the protests but eventually, it is up to citizens to think for themselves, and for students to return to classrooms when schools and colleges reopen on Monday.
One generation of Kashmiris has been lost to terrorism and blunders by successive governments and the loss of trust, the disillusionment is understandable. But the world has changed on in the last 20 years, and education is the currency to freedom, not slogans, stones, guns or bombs. This generation needs to realize that neglecting education will only result in the loss of another generation, this time irrecoverably, as every stone thrown will push them away from a stake in the future and closer to the stone age.
"Uthana khud ko padta hai, thaka hua jism apna FARAZ, Ke saans rukne se pehle koi kandha nahi deta"