Editorial: A new beginning
Srinagar: Kashmir is once again on the edge. This time around the situation has again worsened because of the killings, mainly civilians that have been going on in various parts of the valley, especially south Kashmir.
The past one week has been marred by shutdowns and protests. So much so that besides the business establishments all the educational institutions have so far faced a closure for almost a week now. The institutions which opened up on Thursday boiled over as the students not only boycotted their class work but also poured out on the streets seething with anger and despair.
The anger was so deep rooted that the students gave a clear cut message as many among them displayed pens in one hand and a stone in another. May be this transition may be seen as just another photo exhibit, but the ground reality is telling something that one should feel scared of.
A young boy or a girl portraying an open display of his emotions that too aggressively tells a sordid tale of failures the system has offered them. The situation for the younger lot is becoming so sneering that they do not even mind losing their lives and expressing hatred towards the system.
In such a scenario the failure of the system to come out with a plan to get some semblance reflected with hope is missing once again. The Chief Minister, though trying to salvage some lost ground appealed to the country’s political leadership, cutting across party lines, to listen to the voices of pain from Jammu & Kashmir and asked for their support and help to steer the people out of this situation.
But is the country’s political executive willing to lead this peace project by responding to the need of putting a stop to the bloodshed in the State which has been going on for almost three decades now.
The killings that have been raging on in the Valley have led to a situation of culmination of extreme negativity among the people and the younger generation has been hit the most. Though peace, reconciliation and dialogue have been the slogans from the leadership in Delhi and Srinagar, but as of now the slogans have not translated into action during the past three decades now.
The shades of political opinion in the country have fallen into the trap of old partisan politics and no effort is being aimed at supporting a cause that will herald into an era of inclusiveness and engagement.
A successful peace process can fulfill the objectives of democracy and justice in the state and if the system fails to respond to the calls of the younger generation than things will turn much worse in the times to come.
The political class needs to don the moral leadership by increasing the level of satisfaction of the people of the State by winning their trust, hearts and minds.